You may have noticed that your toddler's growth has slowed a bit since the first
year of life. Babies grow at what seems like lightning pace, but toddlers
grow at a much slower rate.
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 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 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
asserts himself or herself verbally or through angry tantrums
Cognitive Skills (Thinking and Learning)
knows the name of favorite toys
names objects or actions in a picture book
imitates household tasks, such as cooking
can match pairs of objects
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:
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 he or she once had or
shows weakness on one side of the body, tell your doctor.