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To ask when does a baby become a toddler?

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wildflowerfable Wed 24-May-17 19:29:59

I always thought it was when they started 'toddling', but then I thought if an 8 month old baby could walk I wouldn't call them a toddler.

I looked online and some places said one, some places said two. Dd is nearly one, and I don't want want think of her as being a toddler yet, she's still my little squishy baby!

KP86 Wed 24-May-17 19:31:29

I would say from when they are walking (you'll know when you have a toddler!) or 15-odd months, whichever comes first.

Still getting myself around the fact that my 3yo is a preschooler. I miss the term toddler.

LadyGlitterSparklesSeriously Wed 24-May-17 19:32:58

Yeah DD walked at 8-9 months and she definitely was just a walking baby!

I think around the 15-18 month mark.

wildflowerfable Wed 24-May-17 19:34:16

At least I still have a few more months with my little baby then! Gosh pre-schooler sounds even more scary to me haha.

paddypants13 Wed 24-May-17 19:34:58

Ds is almost 2 and he has been in toddler territory for about 10 months. He's a little mischief but very, very cute.

MoominFlaps Wed 24-May-17 19:35:43

I have a 14 mo. He's most definitely a cheeky little sod toddler.

wildflowerfable Wed 24-May-17 19:36:44

I am looking forward to toddler-hood, as they are so cheeky and fun, but also a little aprehensive of the tantrums!

MoominFlaps Wed 24-May-17 19:39:05

I preferred him as a baby. He stayed in one place and didn't eat tubs of Vaseline,throw food at me or scream like I'm killing him when I don't let him throw himself down the stairs grin

paddypants13 Wed 24-May-17 19:44:26

Ds is so cute that when he throws tantrums we just have to laugh. After dd's they are mild!

wildflowerfable Wed 24-May-17 20:01:16

Haha! (I laugh, but this will soon be my life).

AndNowItIsSeven Wed 24-May-17 20:02:48

Medically it's age 2.

weddingopinionsplease Wed 24-May-17 20:04:45

I still think of my DD (19 months) as a baby but she's definitely getting more toddlery now. She runs around constantly and she talks loads more than my eldest did at this age. So I'd say the 18 month mark for most children.

Cellardoor23 Wed 24-May-17 20:07:29

My DS started walking around 9 months. He's just over 1 now and walking confidently, but he still looks so small compared to other toddlers at playgroup. Obviously because he is small! But I don't know, I would say he's inbetween the two at the moment.

wildflowerfable Wed 24-May-17 20:08:17


Is it more based on what they can do/their personality than a specific age then?

EpoxyResin Wed 24-May-17 20:08:49

Mine's two next month and whilst patently a toddler he's still a baby. He'll always be MY baby!!

LotisBlue Wed 24-May-17 20:09:56

Ds is 18 months and I'm just starting to think of him as a toddler. The other day I gave him the wrong plate and he threw it on the floor, definite toddler behaviour!

Ecureuil Wed 24-May-17 20:11:42

My DD2 is 22 months and I'd say has been a toddler since about 14 months. That's when she was running around/starting to talk etc and just felt like a toddler.
DD1 felt like a baby until about 16 months.

Whosthebestbabainalltheworld Wed 24-May-17 20:12:56

I'd call an 8 month old walker a wobbler. Toddler is ~15 months onwards.

RosyGold Wed 24-May-17 20:13:27

In my mind I'd say about 2. Although my wee girl is 18 months now but very much still a baby to me. She can walk quite well now and learning to talk and changing every day - but maybe because she's hit milestones "late" I think of her as a baby more than other kids her age who are more advanced. Also to be fair she STILL has hardly any hair!!! So she definitely looks like a wee baby still!

WinterWinds001 Wed 24-May-17 20:18:47

DD is nearly 18 months and she's been a toddler to me for quite a while! She was walking/talking at 8 months though so she's almost like a 2 year old now.Climbing, running, jumping and answering back! I see some her age that I definitely still see as babies though!

Me264 Wed 24-May-17 20:30:42

DS is 14 nearly 15 months and I've thought of him as a toddler for the last couple of months or so. He started walking a week after his first birthday, his speech is coming along and he has about 5 words now, and has plenty of tantrums. Definitely not a baby anymore!

londonrach Wed 24-May-17 20:31:40

According to nhs poster on weaning... 12 months

HeadDreamer Wed 24-May-17 20:35:56

I would say nearly 2. They start behaving quite differently from babies. But not like a preschooler whom you can reason with.

StarryCorpulentCunt Wed 24-May-17 21:37:48

Once they start walking and eating nappy cream.

wildflowerfable Wed 24-May-17 21:45:12

I'm pleased to hopefully still have a while of babyhood left with dd then, but she'll always be my baby really! It sounds as though becoming a toddler really varies between children.

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