10 Fascinating Facts You Didn’t Know About Toddlers
Do you think all toddlers do is eat, cry and sleep? Well, you’ll be surprised how amazing they are. In fact, their whole journey from conception to being in the womb to birth is full of, what you may call, miracles. So here are 10 fascinating facts about your toddler:
1. Cute By Design1
Your toddler’s cute little nose, large eyes and even the chubby limbs are smart design of evolution to incite strong feelings of love and protection. Did you know that right after birth, the baby’s pupils dilate? It’s a sign that she finds you pretty and it helps parents fall in love with their baby immediately.
2. Toddlers Have Better Hearing
A babies hearing even within 10 minutes of birth is good enough that she can tell where a sound is coming from. Hearing in toddlers are much better than adults, thanks to their relatively newer ears. They can pick up higher frequencies that adults grow to tune out.
3. They Grow Up So Fast
Every parent has said this at some point of time and its true in every sense of the word. If the kid continues growing at the rate it does in the first year, she will be 170 ft tall by adulthood. The first 6 years are very important for a child’s growth, which is why it’s of utmost importance that they get proper nutrition that aids their growth.
4. They Have A Lot Of Energy
You might find yourself wondering how much energy your toddler has, but you probably aren’t even close. An average toddler expends the same amount of energy if an adult ran 30 miles.
5. Toddlers Are Most Active At 2
Ever heard the expression ‘terrible twos’? It comes from two main things that kids do at this age. Firstly, they are most active now than they will ever be again. Secondly, it’s also the age when they are in middle of being dependent on parents and learning independence. So, they might be crying for your attention at one moment and running away from you the very next.
6. They Start With Being Ambidextrous
Kids start with using both hands equally and just as proficiently. Somewhere between 2 and 3 years, they start preferring one hand over the other.
7. They Have More Brain Synapses Than Adults2
A child’s brain develops faster between birth to 3 years of age than any other time. In fact, by the time they are 3, they have 1000 trillion brain connections, which is twice as many as adults.
8. Learns Something New Every Day
At around 18 months of age, toddlers go through what many call ‘word spurt’ where they start learning new words very quickly. An average 2-year-old learns about 5 new words, of varying difficulty, every day.
9. They Love Human Speech
We know that toddlers love repeating and imitating things that they hear around them but it’s not without a filter. They love human speech which is why they imitate words rather than random noises like phone ringing.
10. Genetics And Environment Play Equal Parts
While genetics play an important role in how the child turns out, it’s not the only force in play. Environmental variables also affect how the child develops. For example, genetically a child might be predisposed to grow tall but if he/she doesn’t get proper nutrition, he/she might not reach the full potential.
Though toddlers don’t look like much, they are full of potential, ready to grow and learn. This is where they require your intervention in the form of care and proper nutrition. But despite your best efforts, sometimes kids just don’t eat everything they should. Moreover, certain nutrients, like DHA, is very rare in food sources. So, what do you do? Adding Junior Horlicks# to their diet can be a good idea. It has, DHA, Choline, 50% more Protein* and 23 other nutrients.3