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.


"She whines when she doesn't get her way, particularly when I've asked her to stop doing an activity she is enjoying"

Why kids whine - and what you can do about it

Most parents would probably agree that whining is one of the most irritating sounds known to mankind. But your kids aren't doing it just to annoy you - and there are constructive ways for you to respond.

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cry toddler

The makings of a toddler tantrum

Let me share with you, just from this week only, the apparently completely unreasonable behaviours I have expected of my child that have resulted in full on tantrums. Warning: low amounts of logic ahead.

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child begging

How to end the nagging

When kids want something, they'll ask ... and ask ... and ask ... until you cave in. You can teach them to unlearn this annoying tactic by saying just three words.

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"Children who are shy, anxious or fearful benefit from a gentle style of discipline that focuses on encouragement" ... ...

Understanding your child's temperament

It’s not about a child being ‘good’ or ‘bad’, ‘easy’ or ‘difficult’. It’s about understanding how your children react to situations and how you can help them.

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When toddlers bite

When Kiran's son was on the receiving end of a child's chomp at daycare, he wasn't too worried about it - but his parents sure were.

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girl in bed

When your child has a behavioural sleep problem

Around 30-40 per cent of toddlers and preschoolers experience behavioural sleep difficulties. Learn what they are and how to help your child get a good night's sleep - for everyone's sake.

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''A healthy toddler is aggressive, willful, selfish and emotionally out of control'' ... Robin Grille

Say yes to the tantrum

There's a growing child development movement that advocates empathy over retribution. Isolating, trivialising or shaming little ones is out; putting ourselves in their tiny shoes is in.

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