Toddler Milestones

An age-by-age guide to your toddler's developmental milestones


 

At a year, your walking and talking baby seems incredibly accomplished compared to the helpless newborn he was only twelve months ago. And he is! But the truth is -  you ain’t seen nothin’ yet! In the next couple of years, your toddler will develop many more skills and his unique personality will emerge. Here are some of the milestones you can expect to see; keep in mind that every child is unique and some will reach these earlier or later than others.

 

Verbal:

  • At a year, most can say two words (such as “bye-bye” or “dada”)
  • By 15 months, most can say five or more words
  • By 18 months, toddlers begin putting two words together  (“up dada!” “more cookie”)
  • By 24 months, they are saying short sentences (“doggie got my cookie”)

 

Understanding:

  • At one year, most recognize their names and will respond to short instructions (“Kiss!” “Wave bye-bye!”)
  • By 14 months, most can point to a body part if you name it
  • By 18 months, they can follow simple directions (“Put the ball in the toybox”)
  • By 24 months, most can follow two-step directions (“Get the ball from the toybox and put it in the basket”)

 

On the go:

  • The average age to start walking is 13 months, but the normal range is very broad – some start as young as eight or nine months, some as late as 18 months. All normal!
  • By 15 months, most can go up stairs holding your hand
  • By 20 months, most can run
  • By 24 months, may be able to jump with both feet leaving the ground and kick a ball

 

Motor skills:

  • At one year, your toddler may be able to drink from a cup
  • At 15 months, he can turn pages in a book
  • By 19 months, he is likely to be able to eat with a spoon or fork (knives are best saved for later!)
  • By 20 months he may be able to undress himself
  • By 24 months, he can draw circles and lines and build a stack of four blocks

 

Behaviour:

  • At one year, your toddler usually takes two naps during the day
  • Around 15 months, your toddler may show an increase in separation anxiety, and cry if strangers talk to him
  • By 17 months, most toddlers are now taking just one nap a day
  • By 20 months, your child may have tantrums when he’s frustrated

 

 

 

 

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