10 Facts That Might Surprise You About Your Toddler
Learning seems to explode when your baby reaches the toddler stage. Here are some fun facts that might surprise you:
- A two year old child is generally more active than at any other point in their life which explains why it is so exhausting running around after them!
- While we may rely on word of the day apps, the average two year old manages to add around 5 new words to their vocabulary every day.
- By the age of three, your toddler will have developed around 1,000 trillion connections between the cells in her brain, which is around twice as many as the average adult!
- Most 1-year-olds are ambidextrous, or use both hands equally. Your toddler will likely start showing a preference for his right or left hand by age 2 or 3 — and in about 90 percent of kids, it’ll be the right.
- You might be surprised at a recent study that found toddlers really do like to share. Even more surprising: They’re happiest when they can give up something they have for the sole purpose of sharing it with someone else.
- Bet you didn’t know that babies can count before they can talk. They also know which of two quantities is larger and can even do simple subtraction, all before they turn one.
- Toddler hearing is better than adults’. Hearing in toddlers is often spot-on — toddler 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.
- The average toddler takes 176 steps a minute.
- 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.
- Have sitters or relatives ever told you that your child never behaves badly when they’re caring for him? It’s not uncommon for toddlers to be angels when you’re not around, because they don’t trust these other people enough to test their limits.