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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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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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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I'm tired of saying no

I don't want to be the mum who always says no and puts an end to all the fun. But with a toddler, I find myself saying it all too often.

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Video: Raising happy kids

A new study from Beyond Blue shows that by the age of 18, one in five kids has experienced depression. Jodie Benveniste from Parent Wellbeing offers ideas on raising a happy child.

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"It seems she’s been scribbling enthusiastically and randomly forever. And now she can suddenly draw people" ... Matt Calman

The kid can draw

I held the drawing and looked at the cute little figures, with the arms and legs protruding from their round heads, and I couldn't stop smiling.

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Dealing with toddler masturbation

Embarrassed about your toddler's sudden interest in playing with their genitals? It's actually pretty common, so you're not alone. Here's how to deal with their new curiosity.

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