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.



Parenting a 'spirited' child

People called her "exuberant", "energetic" and "wild". My father-in-law said she had only had two speeds: either flat out, or sleeping.

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Bye bye baby years

Is it tempting fate to rid oneself of all the essential kit a newborn needs?

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How an extrovert can raise an introvert

Introverts are often misunderstood as shy, and sometimes even rude. A timid child can be difficult to build rapport with, but it's important we nurture their sensitive natures.

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Is he winding up for the 'stop, drop and roll'?

8 different kinds of tantrums

Here's the thing about tantrums: while they're a universal rite of passage for most littlies, they aren't one-size-fits-all.

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While some kids breeze through the transition, it can be very unsettling for others.

When an older sibling starts school

When one child goes to ‘big school’ and leaves the other behind, it can cause deep upset. Here's how to make the transition easier.

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Rough play between siblings is a normal part of development.

When siblings play rough

Physical violence between young siblings is upsetting for parents and can be difficult to manage. Here a few tips to help keep the peace at your house.

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