Rant #1 concerns the misuse of the term "toddler."
A toddler is a child who is past the stage of infant. It is a child who is learning to walk, and hence, it toddles, or walks unsteadily.
From a medical dictionary:
Etymology: ME, toteren, to walk unsteadily
a child between 12 and 36 months of age.
From a Random House dictionary:
|1.||a young child, usually one between the ages of one and two and a half|
Thus, unless the kid can't walk properly after the age of 2 1/2 or 3, it is not correct to call that kid a "toddler." If it doesn't toddle, it's not a toddler.
A child too old to be a toddler but too young for school is often called a pre-schooler. This general designation indicated children from age 3 to those 5-year-olds not yet in kindergarten. A child of 3, 4, or 5 is NOT A TODDLER.
This is wrong.
So is this.
Learn the difference and stop confusing your readers. There is no such thing as a 4-year-old toddler.