Your Child’s Development: 2 Years (24 Months)enparentshttps://kidshealth.org/EN/images/headers/P-milestones_development_2years_enHD_1.jpgDoctors use certain milestones to tell if a child is developing as expected. Here are some things your toddler may be doing this month.24 months, 2 years, development, milestones, baby, communication, language, skills, movement, physical development, social and emotional development, cognitive, thinking and learning, know the signs, autism04/26/201612/31/201912/31/2019Beth Parrish, MD01/01/20204ea625f4-c546-464c-b674-10f2acef8933https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/development-24mos.html/<p>Tired of changing diapers? When it comes to <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/toilet-teaching.html/">toilet teaching</a>, take your cues from your child. Showing an interest in the potty, being aware of peeing and pooping, and expressing the need to go are signs that your child is probably ready. Build on that awareness by reading potty books together and "practicing" with a potty seat.</p> <p>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.&nbsp;Toddlers who were born <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/preemies.html/">prematurely</a>&nbsp;reach milestones later. Always talk with your doctor about your child's progress.</p> <p>Here are some things your toddler might be doing:</p> <h4>Communication and Language Skills</h4> <ul> <li>says more than 50 words</li> <li>uses at least two-word sentences ("I go!")</li> <li>is understood half the time by a stranger</li> <li>uses real words ("breakfast") instead of baby talk ("num-nums")</li> </ul> <h4>Movement and Physical Development</h4> <ul> <li>stacks small blocks</li> <li>runs well</li> <li>kicks a ball</li> <li>walks down stairs</li> <li>draws lines and circular scribbles</li> <li>feeds himself or herself well</li> </ul> <h4>Social and Emotional Development</h4> <ul> <li>plays alongside other children</li> <li>fears things like loud sounds, certain animals, etc.&nbsp;</li> <li>might tell you when a diaper is soiled or he or she needs to use the potty&nbsp;</li> </ul> <h4>Cognitive Skills (Thinking and Learning)</h4> <ul> <li>can follow a two-step command ("Pick up your toy and put it on the shelf.")</li> <li>can name many body parts</li> <li>can pick out pictures in a book</li> <li>starts to engage in pretend play, such as feeding a baby doll</li> <li>matches shapes</li> </ul> <h3>When Should I Call the Doctor?</h3> <p>Every child develops at his or her own pace, but some signs could indicate a delay in development. Talk to your doctor if your child:</p> <ul> <li>doesn't run, or always walks on tippy toes&nbsp;</li> <li>doesn't speak, or makes vowel sounds but no consonants or words</li> <li>doesn't express emotions (happy, sad, frustrated, excited) in response to others or surroundings</li> <li>does not engage in pretend play</li> <li>makes limited eye contact&nbsp;</li> </ul> <p>Also, if you ever notice that your child has lost skills or shows weakness on one side of the body, tell your doctor.</p>El desarrollo de su hijo: 2 años (24 meses)Los médicos se basan en ciertos hitos evolutivos para saber si un niño pequeño se está desarrollando según lo que cabe esperar. Hay una gran variabilidad en lo que se considera normal, de modo que algunos niños adquieren habilidades antes y otros lo hacen después.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/es/parents/development-24mos-esp.html/43be8ee4-09c8-4704-949d-46832287aa74
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Growth and Your 1- to 2-Year-OldYou're in for a year of changes! Midway through this year, most babies are walking and starting to lose that "baby" look.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/grow12yr.html/9a944dd8-8e03-4289-9365-0a27de771b03
In-toeing & Out-toeing in ToddlersWhat is in-toeing and how will it affect your child? Find out what the experts have to say.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/gait.html/cdae53c0-4d7c-452f-abb0-0b4f9552529a
Managing Your Toddler's Behavior (Video)Learn how to encourage good behavior, handle tantrums, and keep your cool when parenting your toddler.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/toddlerbehavior-video.html/e7f45ed7-783f-47b1-a05e-c393861ccf3c
Movement, Coordination, and Your 1- to 2-Year-OldMost toddlers this age are walking and gaining even more control over their hands and fingers. Give your child lots of fun (and safe) things to do to encourage this development.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/move12yr.html/3c148075-4dfa-4a4c-bc9d-9cf88428c608
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Safe Exploring for ToddlersToddlers are learning to talk, to walk and run, and to assert their independence. For many in this age group, "outside" and "play" are common requests.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/exploring.html/11fb4c70-542a-47f8-a498-8a85a5ef9a1e
Snacks for ToddlersSome toddlers may seem too busy exploring to slow down and eat. Others may be fickle about food or refuse to eat at mealtime. That's where healthy, well-timed snacks come in.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/toddler-snacks.html/80d7a0b7-8d30-432c-aee6-4098ef0b6d98
Toddlers: Learning by PlayingIt might look like just child's play, but toddlers are hard at work learning important physical skills as they gain muscle control, balance, and coordination.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/toddler-play.html/4fb8be62-1fe4-4f9f-a8ed-cff02b57f381
Your Child's Checkup: 2 Years (24 Months)Find out what this doctor's visit will involve and what your child might be doing by the second year.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/checkup-2yrs.html/12ef5a8b-a70f-4e94-8fe5-f57ee7c46734
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