tod·​dler | \ ˈtäd-lər How to pronounce toddler (audio) , ˈtä-dᵊl-ər \
plural toddlers

Definition of toddler

: 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

Other Words from toddler

toddlerhood \ ˈtäd-​lər-​ˌhu̇d How to pronounce toddler (audio) , ˈtä-​dᵊl-​ər-​ \ noun

Examples of toddler in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Naomi and her older sister, Mari, were born in Osaka and moved to New York’s Long Island when Naomi was a toddler. SELF, 8 May 2022 The title poem of Forough Farrokhzad’s first collection, Captive, was written in 1954, when Farrokhzad was nineteen and her son Kamyar was a toddler. Anahid Nersessian, The New York Review of Books, 27 Apr. 2022 And, if at all possible, start saving for college when your child is a toddler. Winnie Sun, Forbes, 25 Apr. 2022 The couple’s daughter was a toddler at the time of the renovation and a very girly girl. Caron Golden, San Diego Union-Tribune, 23 Apr. 2022 The revered jazz bassist and composer was a toddler when his family settled in Los Angeles, where he was largely raised in the Watts neighborhood. Ed Masley, The Arizona Republic, 16 Apr. 2022 While that is still a priority, my once tiny baby is now a tornado, aka, a toddler on the go. Elizabeth Ayoola, Essence, 14 Apr. 2022 The first photo was a throwback, snapped years ago when John Owen was a toddler. Joelle Goldstein,, 17 Mar. 2022 Born in Cincinnati, Ryan was a toddler when the family moved to Louisville. Nick Thomas, The Courier-Journal, 14 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of toddler

1815, in the meaning defined above

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tod·​dler | \ ˈtäd-lər How to pronounce toddler (audio) \

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: a small child

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