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#1 of 4 Old 01-29-2003, 04:30 PM - Thread Starter
 
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Is it an age thing or when they start to toddle around? Tracy is slowly taking unassisted steps. But only one at a time before tumbling. I'm soo not ready to call him a toddler and I guess I don't have to but I was wondering when the switch was.

Another question about early walkers. not that Tracy is an early walker...I'm not sure when th even is. He was 9 months old on Sunday. How do communicate with them? He doens't have the reasoning of an older child. He barely understands when we tell him no. I still talk to him like he can understand but I know he doesn't. Cause if I say, "Tracy we don't eat electric cords" He just sits and smiles at me and laughs like I'm telling a joke

Just a couple questions for ya!

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My DD didn't walk until 17 months - 9 months is pretty young actually. I think 12 months is the average.

But anyway, here is the answer to your question. A toddler is a toddler when they start saying "no" to everything! To me, toddlerhood was not a physical state, but a state of mind!

In all seriousness, I would say around a year.

I do have one suggestion. Since your DS is an early walker, I would suggest that you do some sign language with him. It is not an absolute fact, but generally kids who walk younger will not talk until a bit later. You may cut down on a lot of future frustration if you teach him to communicate with some signs.

Good luck! And keep doing what you're doing with the communication, he'll get it eventually.

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Thats a good idea. He started saying dada at about 6 months and mum at 7 months and last week he started syaing kittykittykittycat

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I'm still not ready to call my one year old a toddler either! My 2 and a half year old is definatly a full blown toddler: :LOL I think it started at around 15 or 16 months when he was really walking around and starting to talk and go through all the other typical "toddler issues". To me, 9 months is definatly a baby
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