tod·​dler ˈtäd-lər How to pronounce toddler (audio)
plural toddlers
: a person who toddles
especially : a young child usually between one and three years old
It's no secret that kids need plenty of sleep. For a preschooler (3 to 5 years old), that's as much as 11 to 13 hours, including naps; for a toddler (1 to 3), 12 to 14 hours; for a baby under 1, 14 to 15 hours. Stacey Colino
ˈtäd-lər-ˌhu̇d How to pronounce toddler (audio)

Examples of toddler in a Sentence

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Word History

First Known Use

1815, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of toddler was in 1815

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“Toddler.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2024.

Kids Definition


tod·​dler ˈtäd-lər How to pronounce toddler (audio)
: a young child
toddlerhood noun

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