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When does a baby stop being referred to as a baby? or a toddler a toddler?

If a baby stops being a baby and becomes a toddler once he starts "toddling" then mine hasn't been a baby in a long time! :'~( But if its by ages then what is the distinction between babies, toddlers, preschoolers, etc? and they need to make it across the board because the back of the baby food/toddler food packages can't seem to make up their minds either!


Asked by BigBoMom at 5:23 PM on Jan. 7, 2010 in Toddlers (1-2)

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  • My pediatrician put it like this: Babies- 0- 1 yr, Toddler- 1yr- 2yr, Preschooler- 3-4 yr, School-Aged 5-9 yr, Pre-teen or tween 10-12yr and teens 13-19. Of course, everyone varies it give or take a year depending on milestones to. Gerber foods will usually say for Toddlers or Preschoolers on the packages, but then on the side list guidelines, like use if your baby can sit, crawl, walk extra precautions. So, with that you really have to use your judgement on how well your child is able to handle certain textures of food.

    Answer by table4eight at 9:13 PM on Jan. 7, 2010

  • I believe my sons ped said they are no longer babies after the first year has ended. For toddlers until the age of five.

    Answer by pety at 5:29 PM on Jan. 7, 2010

  • When a child hits 2 they are not a toddler anymore. When a baby starts walking they are not a baby anymore they are a toddlers.

    Answer by louise2 at 5:29 PM on Jan. 7, 2010

  • There are no rules. I think a baby is until 12 mo or 18 mo and then a preschooler is starting age 3.5 - 4. I don't like the term preschooler and hope we start moving away from that as homeschooling and unschooling become more common.

    Answer by Gailll at 5:32 PM on Jan. 7, 2010

  • mine is 2 and will always be the baby.. I mean who goes around saying get the preschooler/toddler from his car seat would you babe?

    baby is 1-2
    toddler 2-3
    preschooler 3-4
    Big kid 5-8
    8-12 preteen
    12-18 teen!

    Answer by Anonymous at 5:55 PM on Jan. 7, 2010

  • Baby=birth to walking. Toddler=From first walking to 2 maybe 3. preschool= from 2,3 to time they start school.

    Answer by Anonymous at 5:06 AM on Jan. 8, 2010