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What ages are considered a "toddler" ?

I never know where to draw the line in infant-toddler-preschooler...is that even the order? What ages do you think fit in these categories?

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I was also confused by the age range so thank's for this,
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Re: What ages are considered a "toddler" ?

For me, it's from walking til age two-ish. By two and a half, they are preschoolers.

I get super offended when someone calls a three year old a toddler. I think it's because they are much more than that. By three they can dress themselves, pour their own water, they have amazing self help skills. To me a toddler is someone who is still mastering walking/running.
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That makes sense, thank you!
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Re: What ages are considered a "toddler" ?

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For me, it's from walking til age two-ish. By two and a half, they are preschoolers.

I get super offended when someone calls a three year old a toddler. I think it's because they are much more than that. By three they can dress themselves, pour their own water, they have amazing self help skills. To me a toddler is someone who is still mastering walking/running.
That's a good point. I definitely wouldn't call my DD1 a toddler even though she isn't 3 until March.
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This is the range I see too and I agree with it. I definitely do not consider a 2 yr old a preschooler. That would be like calling a 6 month old a toddler to me.
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Re: What ages are considered a "toddler" ?

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For me, it's from walking til age two-ish. By two and a half, they are preschoolers.

I get super offended when someone calls a three year old a toddler. I think it's because they are much more than that. By three they can dress themselves, pour their own water, they have amazing self help skills. To me a toddler is someone who is still mastering walking/running.
I think it might be child-dependent, though. My DS will be 3 in February, and still can't pour water, let alone drink out of an open cup without spilling. He still hasn't figured out how to dress himself. He's consistently been about 6 months behind though; he walked at 15 months, didn't really talk until 18 months. Wouldn't give up his bottle until 2. He's perfectly healthy and neuro-typical, he's just taking his time growing up. He's just starting to be a pre-schooler now, whereas lots of other kids hit that level much earlier. I don't think there is a specific cut off age between toddler and preschooler, though in my case, 3 seems to be it.
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Infant 4-12mos
Toddler 12-36mos
Preschooler 3-5yrs
This is the standard definition. For example "Early Intervention" covers infants and toddlers (birth to 3) and preschool funding takes over from 3-5 when they go into kindergarten.
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