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

Definition of toddler

: one that toddles especially : a young child

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

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Nap time at the academy was 12:30 p.m., but the toddler was making noise and playing with toys and would not lie down, investigators noted. Wayne K. Roustan,, "When toddler wouldn’t nap, caregiver got too rough, police say," 3 Aug. 2019 Attorneys who visited the Border Patrol station in Clint, Texas, last week said older children were trying to take care of infants and toddlers, The Associated Press first reported Thursday. Author: Martha Mendoza, Garance Burke, Anchorage Daily News, "US government moves migrant children from Texas facility after poor treatment publicized," 24 June 2019 Of those, 333 were under the age of 12, including infants and toddlers. NBC News, "Migrant children stuck at border stations, sleeping on concrete, because of HHS overcrowding," 4 June 2019 The event will help raise funds to recruit, train and approve families to foster infants and toddlers throughout San Diego County. Jeanne Rawdin, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Board member brings her real-world experience to Angels Foster Family Network," 5 Apr. 2019 The initiative aims to address the concern raised in research that caregivers for infants and toddlers are among the least educated in the early-childhood field, and many caregivers have little time or money for training. Leslie Brody, WSJ, "Coaching Caregivers for the Littlest Learners," 22 Dec. 2018 Level 2 centers are also required to offer outdoor time and differentiated programming for infants and toddlers. Arika Herron, Indianapolis Star, "Why a seemingly chaotic pre-K class may be the best kind," 28 June 2019 Attorneys who visited Clint last week said older children were trying to take care of infants and toddlers, The Associated Press first reported Thursday. Garance Burke, Twin Cities, "Government moves migrant kids after AP exposes bad treatment," 24 June 2019 Two of the children were infants and one was a toddler, Guerra said. Tim Stelloh, NBC News, "Border Patrol finds four bodies, including three children, in South Texas," 24 June 2019

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First Known Use of toddler

1793, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of toddler

: a young child who is just learning to walk


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

Kids Definition of toddler

: a small child

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