Test your toddler knowledge: Answers
Are you the master of toddler universe? Or do you need to learn a little more?
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1.    Toddlers at age 2 are one third of their adult height.

False

At age 2, your toddler is approximately half his or her adult height, says ehow.


2.    An 18-month-old can’t see things at a distance, and doesn’t see colours properly.

False

Toddlers of 18 months to 2 years ‘can see things in the distance – their eyes are working at full capacity now.’ Source: The Rough Guide to Babies and Toddlers by Kaz Cook (Penguin).

3.    You can’t force a toddler to go to sleep.

True

Don’t try to tell a toddler that they must sleep – they quickly learn you can’t really make them sleep. The boundary to be strong about is bedtime. ‘In other words, if the little rebel wants to stay awake for hours, it’s fine, as long as she stays in her bed...’ Source: Toddlers need Boundaries by Anne Cawood (Metz Press).

4.    Around 8% of accidents in children under 4 are due to swallowing a dangerous substance.

True

Small children put anything and everything in their mouths without thinking whether it could be dangerous. ‘Lock away all potentially dangerous substances out of reach adn out of sight of your toddler.’ Source: What to Expect: the toddler years by Arlen Eisenberg and others (Simon & Schuster)

5.    Toddlers can choke on soft foods as well as hard things.

True

‘Choking risks include long, stringy things such as bacon rind, soft pliable foods such as a marshmallow, hard lollies and any object such as a shell or a whole nut than can act like a stopper.’ Source: The Rough Guide to Babies and Toddlers by Kaz Cook (Penguin).

6.    A  toddler in a tantrum is being naughty on purpose.

False

According to parenting expert Anne Cawood, behaviour is often an expression of a feeling the toddler is struggling to handle: ‘If the feeling is calmy and firmly contained, the toddler will feel understood and accepted and the behavioural outburst will quickly subside.’ Source: Toddlers need Boundaries by Anne Cawood (Metz Press).

7.    A 20-month-old toddler should be using about 1000 words.

False

At 20 months, a toddler may be using around 50 words, but will understand more. Source: What to Expect: the toddler years by Arlen Eisenberg and others (Simon & Schuster)

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