Is it strictly an age thing? Is it developmental? I have a 10.5 month old, and although he is definitely mostly baby, I'm starting to see the toddler-ness creep in and I'm wondering at what age I could accurately call him a toddler. Is it different for everyone maybe?
I guess I'm curious how btdt moms define toddlerhood.
I consider toddlers to be those who can walk, or are very close to walking. Seeing how the word to toddle means walking unsteadily (as they do at first), I think this is pretty much what defines when that stage has been reached.
Although of course we can see typical toddler behaviors before they walk. I remember thinking that DS was fast leaving his baby times behind at around the same age your LO is (10 months). He started walking around his first birthday and as soon as he was really walking he just seemed more boy than baby, kwim?
Amazing how short the baby times are, eh?
Mama since 2010
Multicultural living in Europe
I agree with the others, it's more ability based than age IMO. My girl has been doing "toddler" things since 9ish months. That's when she started walking, and her vocabulary exploded. She's 11 days away from her first birthday and speaks in (short) sentences. "It's good" "I love you" "I did it!" ect.
I also think it has to do with their "look" My cousin has a baby a month younger than Lila, but he's bald as can be so that makes him look more babyish than my girl who has always had a head full of hair. He's also a big ol chunk of baby! He's got the most adorable baby rolls, and my girl has always been bitti. He outweighs her by 3 or 4lb, and so does my nephew is 3mo younger he's also a big baby.
I think toddler is when you start seeing them as little people vs babies.
Baby Lila ( End of May)
Toddler Lila (end of June)
Those pictures were taken a month apart (to the day!) but she's babyish (imo) in the first one and definitely toddler in the second.
Current Lila (end of August)
Maybe my girl is a bad example.. she's always kinda been a little person!
Mom to Reya (13) and Little baby Lila 9/22
But in general, I think 'toddler' is roughly age 1-3.