You may have noticed that your toddler's growth has slowed a bit since the first
year of life. Toddlers grow
at a much slower rate than babies do.
While it might look as if little has changed on the outside, your toddler is making
strides each day in language
development, learning, balance, and coordination.
Doctors use milestones to tell if a toddler is developing as expected. There's
a wide range of what's considered normal, so some children may gain skills earlier
or later than others. Toddlers who were born prematurely
may 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 10 to 20 words
understands one-step commands ("Pick up the toy.")
can point to some body parts ("Where is your nose?")
Movement and Physical Development
walks up stairs with hand held
throws a ball
takes off some clothes
scribbles with a crayon
Social and Emotional Development
begins to engage in pretend play
laughs in response to others
plays alongside other children
assert themselves verbally or through angry tantrums
Cognitive Skills (Thinking and Learning)
knows the name of favorite toys
names and points at familiar objects or characters in a picture book
imitates everyday actions, such as cooking or talking on the phone
can match pairs of objects
When Should I Call the Doctor?
Every child develops at their own pace. But some signs could indicate a delay in
development. Talk to your doctor if your child:
doesn't make eye contact or gesture to items of interest
speaks fewer than five words
doesn't understand simple requests
Also, if you ever notice that your child has lost skills or shows weakness on one
side of the body, tell your doctor.