Toddler Development

Toddler Guide

This quarterly guide to your toddler's second year contains information, tips and useful contacts on your toddler's development between one and two years.


Got questions? Head over to the Essential Baby forums to chat with other parents and carers about anything to do with your toddler, including toilet training, food for babies and toddlers, allergies and intollerances and play & activities.

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If you have any concerns about your child’s early social attention and communication, it’s critical to raise them with ...

Parents urged to recognise early signs of autism

The onset of symptoms of autism spectrum disorders vary in the first two years of life: signs are evident in some children from birth, while others may appear to be developing typically but then fail to progress.

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Stuttering: the facts

Up to 4 per cent of children go through a phase of repeating or prolonging sounds or words, or getting “stuck” trying to talk. No one knows what causes a stutter, but some therapies - and time - can help.

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When terrible twos become threenagers

Amity wonders why two-year-olds get such a bad rap, when it's the three-year-olds who can give teenagers a run for their money in the attitude stakes.

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"She often uses her pretend pals for taking the focus - and in some cases the heat - off herself" ... Matt Calman

Nini, Commel and Pea: My daughter's imaginary friends

The height of the imaginary friend stage was when my daughter was about two and a half and we had them over for dinner. I got little notice apart from a shouted, "Daddy, my friends are at the door! And they're here for dinner!"

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Let's talk about body parts

Sometimes it takes a (very curious) child to show you’re not as sexually liberated as you think.

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Toddler's art amazes experts

His work is described as art in its purest form, representative of what is important and beautiful. And he's only two.

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"Families with one child on the autism spectrum have a high chance (almost 20 per cent) of having another child with ...

The red flags of ASD

An estimated one in every 100 children in Australia have autism spectrum disorder - but in America, that figure is as high as one in every 54 boys. Learn what to look for and read one family's story.

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"Clearly a toddler has no idea about stealing in terms of legal matters; in their mind, possession is nine-tenths of the ...

Light-fingered little people

Her son began - and hopefully ended - his life of crime with a shoplifted chocolate bar. Kylie Orr shares her experiences with sticky-fingered kids - and how to deal with them.

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