Toddler’s Development Milestones

At this age, your child will become more active discovering his surroundings. His desire to explore and learn is very high and increasing each day. He will start to be more independent showing defiant behavior and imitating you. The developmental milestones may vary between one child and another. Some are quicker than others but if your child doesn’t show any developmental improvement or interest by the age of 2, you should contact your doctor. Keep in mind that premature babies may reach those milestones later than a child who was born on time.

-          By the end of the 14th month your child should be able to perform some steps, stand alone, stack 2 cubes over each other and speak up to six words.

-          By the end of the 16th month your child should be able to hold his sipping cup and drink, scribble on a piece of paper and show affection. 

-          At the 18th month, your child will be running around the house, climbing and discovering areas. He starts to use the spoon or fork and eat by himself. He picks up toys and has difficulty in sharing while playing. He starts having control over his bowel system. You can start potty training at this age.

-          At the age of 20 months, your child will start climbing steps. It is a good time to install a gate in case your house has stairs. You can teach him washing and drying his hands to encourage good hygiene.

-          At the age of 2 years, your child will enjoy playing football outside; he kicks very well, runs and understands instructions. He can build a tower of six blocks, remove one clothe, make simple sentences and starts brushing his teeth alone.

-          At the age of 36 months your child is nearly independent. He can remove and put his shoes alone, get dressed; follows command, can ride a tricycle and communicate with adults.