Are you amazed by the new things your toddler says each day? Less than a year ago,
your little one was uttering one-word commands — now it's likely that he
or she is speaking in three-word sentences.
Your toddler's growing vocabulary includes a couple hundred words. Reading,
songs, and nursery
rhymes are fun ways to build on blossoming language skills.
Doctors use certain milestones to tell if a toddler is developing as expected.
There's a wide range of what's considered normal, so some children gain skills earlier
or later than others. Toddlers who were born prematurely reach
milestones later. Always talk with your doctor about your child's progress.
Here are some things your toddler might be doing:
Communication and Language Skills
says short phrases of 3-4 words
is understandable to others 50% of the time
speaks using pronouns (I, me, you)
asks many "What?" and "Where?" questions
Movement and Physical Development
washes and dries hands
brushes teeth with help
pulls pants up with assistance
jumps in place
throws a ball overhand
Social and Emotional Development
enjoys pretend play
starts to play with, not just alongside, other kids
can tell you when he or she needs a diaper change or has to go
to the potty
refers to himself or herself by name
Cognitive Skills (Thinking and Learning)
begins to develop a sense of humor (e.g., thinks silly things, such as a story
about a barking cat, are funny)
understands the concept of one item or thing (e.g., "Give me one block.")
When to Talk to Your Doctor
Every child develops at his or her own pace, but certain signs could indicate a
delay in development. Talk to your doctor if your child:
does not engage in pretend play
doesn't speak, or makes vowel sounds but no consonants or words
doesn't recognize simple emotions (happy, sad) in others
Also, if you ever notice that your child has lost skills he or she once had or
shows weakness on one side of the body, tell your doctor.