Your Toddler’s Developmental Milestones
From immobile baby to exploring toddler, you and your baby have come a long way together! From first smiles to first steps, it’s been one wild ride – but the joy of firsts isn’t over yet.
Your toddler is still learning and growing day by day. This year will mark a lot of firsts, milestones and memorable moments.
Read on to find out just what your toddler will be up to this year when it comes to his many milestones in the terrific twos.
Your child has gone mobile in a BIG way! From walking alone to learning to run and more, here are a few more mobile milestones you can expect this year:
- Learns to kick a ball
- Can walk on his own
- Climbs without assistance
- Carries toys while walking
- Learns to stand on tiptoes
- Begins to run
- Pulls pull-along toys
From not knowing what he wants at 2am to a regular attention-getting chatter box, your toddler is about to undergo a language makeover! Get ready for wonder as your toddler learns new words and works on mastering the following language milestones:
- Can point to objects when given the object’s name
- Recognizes the names of familiar people and things
- Says phrases of simple context
- Can follow easy instructions
- Repeats words overheard
Emotional and social milestones
Perhaps the most important set of milestones this year will be your child’s emotional and social growth. Get ready for a year of gaining independence but with a healthy helping of comfort and cuddles from mom:
- Imitates others
- An increasing desire for independence
- The knowledge of being a separate being from mom and dad
- Gains the desire to play with other children
- Exercising defiance and the ability to say “no”
- Separation anxiety may worsen or get better
Among the many milestones of the terrific twos is the increasing ability to use his hands and fingers – you may have a budding artist on your hands!
- Begins to show signs of right of left handedness
- Can build a small tower of blocks
- Pours out containers
This year marks pretend play and the ability to find things hidden away:
- Searches for items that are out of sight
- Begins pretend play
- Begins to sort colors, shapes and things
From make believe to games of hide and go seek, your little guy has grown up so much! But take heart, your little one still needs you and has a lot of growing up to do yet. His life and yours will be a series of wonderful firsts at every age – and that’s a wonderful number things to look forward to!