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This article’s lead section does not adequately summarize key points of its contents. Views of a Foetus in the Womb detail. A toddler is a child 12 to 36 months old. The toddler years are a time of great cognitive, emotional and social development. The word is derived from “to toddle”, which means to walk unsteadily, like a child of this age. Toddler development can be broken down into a number of interrelated areas. Physical: growth or an increase in size.
Gross motor: the control of large muscles which enable walking, running, jumping and climbing. Vision: the ability to see near and far and interpret what is seen. Social: the ability to interact with the world through playing with others, taking turns and fantasy play. Although it is useful to chart defined periods of development, it is also necessary to recognize that development exists on a continuum, with considerable individual differences between children. There is a wide range of what may be considered ‘normal’ development. If I want it, it’s mine. If I give it to you and change my mind later, it’s mine.
If I can take it away from you, it’s mine. If I had it a little while ago, it’s mine. If it’s mine it will never belong to anyone else, no matter what. If we are building something together, all the pieces are mine. If it looks like mine, it’s mine. This section does not cite any sources. Young children squat instinctively as a continuous movement from standing up whenever they want to lower themselves to ground level.
One- and two-year-olds can commonly be seen playing in a stable squatting position, with feet wide apart and bottom not quite touching the floor, although at first they need to hold on to something to stand up again. Talking is the next milestone of which parents are typically aware. A toddler’s first word most often occurs around 12 months, but again this is only an average. The child will then continue to steadily add to his or her vocabulary until around the age of 18 months when language increases rapidly. There are several other important milestones that are achieved in this time period that parents tend not to emphasize as much as walking and talking.