Toddler Milestones and Challenges: What to Expect Between 1 to 3 Years

Toddler Milestones and Challenges: What to Expect Between 1 to 3 Years

After surviving the first year with your bub, you might feel like a seasoned parent. But just when you think you’ve got this parenting thing sorted, welcome to toddlerhood—a time full of both thrilling milestones and hair-pulling challenges. This blog aims to prepare you for the rollercoaster ahead.

Physical Milestones

One of the first big milestones for toddlers is walking. This usually happens between 12 to 18 months. Following walking, you can expect them to start running, jumping, and even attempting to climb. Make sure your home is toddler-proofed to accommodate your little adventurer safely.

Cognitive Development

Your toddler will begin to understand the concept of 'mine' and 'yours', which can lead to the infamous ‘terrible twos’ marked by tantrums. They'll also start to understand basic instructions and may even start forming two to three-word sentences. Learning toys and books can aid cognitive development at this stage.

Emotional and Social Milestones

This phase is often marked by attachment issues; toddlers can be clingy and may suffer from separation anxiety. On the flip side, they also learn to play with others and may start forming early friendships. This is a good time to introduce them to group activities or playdates.

Potty Training

Potty training is one of the big hurdles of toddlerhood. There's no right age to start; it really depends on the child. Some signs that your toddler is ready include showing interest in the toilet, staying dry for longer periods, and being able to follow simple instructions. Patience and positive reinforcement are key here.

Eating Habits

This is the age where food fussiness can kick in. Toddlers are known for their erratic eating habits. One day they may eat everything on their plate, and the next day, they may refuse everything. The key is to offer a balanced diet and not to force the issue too much. Healthy snacks and fun meal presentation can help.


Navigating the toddler years is not for the faint-hearted, but it's also an incredibly rewarding time as you watch your little one grow and explore the world around them. While the challenges are real, so are the adorable milestones that make all the stress and sleepless nights worth it.

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