Ten Things About Toddlers That You Probably Didn’t Know

April 23, 2018 Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Google+ Diary of a Baby

Ten Things About Toddlers That You Probably Didn't Know | Baby & Beyond

This post is part of a series of posts I am writing titled Diary of a Baby chronicling the candid confessions of a baby from 0 to 2 years old.

You can read the previous post in the series here: Time for School – First Day of Preschool and Beyond

You can find the entire series here: Diary of a Baby

Age: 18 months old


Dear Diary,


I am 18 months old today. It is a very exciting time for me because I am learning so many new things everyday. There isn’t enough time in the day for everything I want to do, see and learn (which may explain why I have dropped all but one nap. It will also explain the 18 months sleep regression that has hit like a storm). 

I have so much I want to talk about with the adults, but my words are limited and I am not always able to put my point forth. If I could speak freely, here are ten things about toddlers that I would want my parents to know:


  1. At 18 months I can speak around 20 words, but I can understand thousands of them. In fact I am learning one new word almost every 2 hours that I am awake! This is why I get frustrated at times, because I can understand what adults are telling me and I want to respond but I am not able to speak the words yet
  2. Please don’t get upset if I make a mess. Making a mess is how I learn. It is how I explore my environment, develop motor skills and sensory skills.
  3. I don’t mean to be mean when I hit, kick, scratch, pinch or throw things. I am a little person with big emotions that I don’t always know how to express. Sometimes I am upset, scared, angry, insecure and when I can’t find the words (refer point #1), I use my limbs to do the talking.
  4. I am ambidextrous. Yes this is my superpower! Don’t be surprised if I seem to constantly switch between both hands while eating or colouring.
  5. I love order and routine. I may not understand the concept of time, but I understand when certain events follow a specific routine. Structured routine gives me a sense of predictability and stability and makes me feel secure.
  6. I learn more from what I see around me than from books and toys. I observe you like a hawk and try to emulate you in every way. I want your phone because I see you glued to it all the time. I want what you are eating. I want your keys, remotes, glasses because I see how important they are to you (and also because you say I can’t have them – forbidden fruit is sweeter after all. In fact the fastest way for  me to lose interest in something is if you just hand it over to me)
  7. In my mind I am a miniature adult, fully capable of doing everything you do. That is why I insist on eating on my own, brushing my own hair, picking out and trying to put on my own clothes
  8. I may be learning to be independent but I still need all the cuddles I can get
  9. I am a linguist. The more languages you speak to me in, the more I will pick up right now
  10. I am an Energizer bunny and walk 176 steps on average every minute. That is a whopping 10,000 steps an hour! Forget the treadmill, strap on your Fitbit and follow me around all day
Ten Things About Toddlers That You Probably Didn't Know | Baby & Beyond

Ten Things About Toddlers That You Probably Didn’t Know | Baby & Beyond


The human body is fascinating and never ceases to amaze. Here are some more fascinating facts you probably didn’t know about toddlers:

The cerebral cortex of a healthy toddler — the part of the brain that controls thoughts, memories, and movement – can add up to 2 million new synapses per second. Think of a synapse as a way for 2 cells in the brain to connect and communicate with each other. This is why toddlers have such a voracious capacity to learn.


Spoken languages are based on phonemes or simply sounds. All the languages in the world are made up of only around 800 different phonemes, though each individual language may not make use of each phoneme (for eg., there there is no “w” sound in Hindi and no “r” sound in Mandarin). A newborn baby has the ability to distinguish all 800 sounds, but as the child grows and gets accustomed to listening to sounds of the native language, the child’s brain loses its ability to identify foreign sounds. This is why babies learn new languages faster than adults. The more languages you speak in front of the baby, the better. At 2 years, Baby N is rapidly picking up English and Hindi and can also understand certain phrases in Sindhi and Marathi.


Also read:

Establishing a Toddler Routine – Why and How We Are Doing it

The definitive list of toys babies actually want to play with: Keys, Switches, Boxes and Other Baby Toys



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  1. Roshan Radhakrishnan said on April 23, 2018 7:06 pm:

    haha… gotta be honest. As a doc, even I did not remember some of these facts 🙂

  2. deepa said on April 23, 2018 9:07 pm:

    this is really sweet.

  3. Nayantara said on May 5, 2018 3:31 pm:

    I am amazed that it is a new word every 2 hours. To see how far they have come from the stage where they could do nothing to now is just amazing.