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I used to think toddlers referred to any baby that had begun to walk but I'm finding that isn't how the word is used in forums. What age makes a baby a toddler? My DS is 13 months. Do I belong here or in the "Life with babe" forum?
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Perhaps there is an official world wide dictionary based defenition to the terms! lol

For me though:

Birth to 3 months = 'Newborn'
3 months to 18 months = 'baby'
18 months to 4 years = 'toddler'
4 years to 12 = 'Child'
13 to 15 = 'teenager'
16 to 18 = 'young adult'


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I generally think of toddlers as ranging in age from 12 to 36 months. But just check out the threads in each forum, and then decide which place seems like a better fit.

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I have always considered toddler at 12 months too. I have always wondered about the ending point of the toddler age though...as far as where to post I don't think it really matters
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I generally think of toddlers as ranging in age from 12 to 36 months. But just check out the threads in each forum, and then decide which place seems like a better fit.
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ITA Personally, I think beyond 36 months is more child and less toddler. And 12 months is really where most babies make a pretty big shift in their abilities. Every child is different though.

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I think a toddler starts at the average age that children learn to walk, so how old is that? 12 months?

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i think of toddler going from around 1 to 3. about 4 they seem more like a "kid"

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toddlers are ages 12 months-36 months. Then they are pre-school aged until age 6. 6-12 years is school age/child hood years
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I think of a toddler as walking til 36 months. Then a preschooler til 5 or so.
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12 months-3 is my own personal definition.

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I think 12-36 months as well, but some will seem to fit later and for longer. KWIM?
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My ds is also 13months. I bounce around between the toddler board and the life with a babe one... mostly I moved over here because the issues we are dealing with.... walking, talking, gentle discipline, potty training are not things that are needed to be dealt with when I had a 'babe'.

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I feel like "baby" applies until somewhere around the first birthday, then toddler until somewhere between 3 and 4 years of age. Some individual kiddos sooner or later than others, but by 4 I think most kids are, well, "kids".

In terms of mdc, I think a lot of birth groups move from Life with a Babe to Toddlers when their little ones turn one. And then again from Toddlers to the Childhood section sometime between 3 and 4. But individual posts make more sense in different places and individual kiddos may fit in more than one section at a time.

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I think toddler is from walking (so it could be as early as 8 or 9mos) until 3-4ish depends on the kid?
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I would probably say from 1-3 too. However my DS was 3 in November and I don't feel he quite fits into the 'Childhood' forum yet.
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Personally I've always considered it ages 1 to 3.

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There is an official world wide dictionary based defenition to the terms!

For me though:

Birth to 3 months = 'Newborn'
3 months to 24 months = 'baby'
2 years to 4 years = 'toddler'
4 years to 12 = 'Child'
13 to 15 = 'teenager'
16 to 18 = 'young adult'
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Age 1-4.
Occasionally I see (read) age 1-5, but more often 1-4.
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