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At what age does a toddler stop being a toddler?


Asked by GomezMami2908 at 12:38 AM on Jul. 11, 2011 in General Parenting

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  • stage 1) infant. The child is born, and called a newborn for a few weeks, but then is called a baby. This stage is generally from age 0 - 18 months. There is some flexibility over when a child moves from one stage to another, but by 18 months, nearly all babies are toddling.
    Stage 2) toddler. The child may be taking first wobbly steps, or walking well. The toddler stage is generally from 18 months- 36 months. The toddler goes from speaking only a few words, to developing a larger vocabulary, even using two and three word sentences.
    Stage 3) Preschooler. This term is supposed to mean a child too young for school, but now of course we have Preschools for the preschooler. This stage is from 3-5 years, generally speaking.
    Stage 4) School age, primary, then upper elementary, then middle school, then high school, etc.
    So to answer your question, when your toddler turns three, you can call him a "Preschooler". .

    Answer by LoreleiSieja at 12:58 AM on Jul. 11, 2011

  • Most definitions say the toddler stage is from 12 months to 36 months.

    Answer by MommyofTwo331 at 12:47 AM on Jul. 11, 2011

  • i think depends on child
    mine is four in a week
    still think and refer to her at times as a toddler
    she has delays, if she did not , i think i would not be thinking toddler

    so for "normal/typical" child - maybe during the third year, this term would stop
    speaking of parent thought of toddler, not medical, school, or dictionary term

    Answer by fiatpax at 12:47 AM on Jul. 11, 2011

  • Okay, well what's the next word after toddler then? Because my daughter turns 5 in September and I still call her a toddler.

    Comment by GomezMami2908 (original poster) at 12:53 AM on Jul. 11, 2011

  • Preschooler and then school age, although most parents don't use school age to define their child's range.

    Answer by MommyofTwo331 at 12:56 AM on Jul. 11, 2011

  • In my book they go from baby to toddler and toddler to child. A 5 year old is a 5 year old child or kid.

    Answer by kidnappedbylove at 1:25 AM on Jul. 11, 2011

  • I still think of my son as a toddler, even though he turned 4 last month. But, I think that's just wistful thinking on my part. I never really considered calling him anything else, I guess.

    Answer by kasey22 at 1:27 AM on Jul. 11, 2011