10 Fun and Surprising Facts About Toddlers

Toddlers are fascinating beings. No longer babies but not entirely independent, big kids, even if they think they are! So we thought sharing fun and perhaps surprising facts about toddlers would be fun and informative!

1. Most two-year-olds are more active than at any other point in their life. However, this is one fact about toddlers that might not surprise you because you know how exhausting it is to run around after them!

2. Most 1-year-olds are ambidextrous or use both hands equally. However, your toddler will likely start showing a preference for his right or left hand around 2 or 3; in about 90 percent of kids, it’ll be right.

3. Here is a fact about toddlers that may shock you. By three, your toddler has developed approximately 1,000 trillion connections in their brain, which is around twice as many as the average adult! 90% of your child’s brain will develop by age five. Help their little brains develop by engaging them in playing with purpose with KneeBouncer Games designed specifically for toddlers!

4. The average two-year-old adds around five new words to their vocabulary every day. So speak with your toddler as often as possible and talk to them about everything and anything!

5. A study from 2011 indicated that three-year-olds do like to share. Kids seemed especially willing to share when there was a sense of collaboration. This may be the most surprising of all the facts about toddlers listed. Especially if your child struggles to share, click here for additional tips to help your toddler share!

6. Babies can recognize which of two quantities is larger and do simple subtraction before turning one, even if they can’t put a name to the numbers.

7. Toddler hearing is better than adults’. Hearing in toddlers is often spot-on — toddlers’ ears are so new they can hear very high frequencies, sounds that older ears have tuned out or can no longer pick up thanks to aging and noise pollution.

8. The average toddler takes 176 steps a minute.

9. Cognitive development explodes between 12 and 24 months. This is your child’s ability to think, learn, and remember. Your child will start to remember recent events and actions, understand symbols, imitate, imagine, and pretend.

10. It’s common for toddlers and preschoolers to be better behaved for others than for mom and dad. This is because they don’t trust these other people on the same level; they trust their parents and aren’t willing to test their limits. So, your child having a tantrum is a sign of how safe you make them feel.

Updated on July 21, 2023, by L. Elizabeth Forry

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L. Elizabeth Forry 

L. Elizabeth Forry is an Early Childhood Educator with fifteen years of classroom teaching experience. She earned a Master of Science in Early Childhood Education from The University of North Dakota and has a Bachelor of Arts in English and one in Music from Lebanon Valley College. She has taught children in Japan, Washington D.C., Chicago, and suburban Maryland. She is trained as a reading therapist, has a TEFL certification, and has done extensive work with children regarding mental health, social-emotional development, gender development. She has written curriculum for children and educators and has led training sessions for parents and educators on various topics on early childhood development. She is the mother of two boys and resides outside of Annapolis, Maryland.

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