Your Child’s Development: 2.5 Years (30 Months)enparentshttps://kidshealth.org/EN/images/headers/P-milestones_development_2.jpgDoctors use certain milestones to tell if a child is developing as expected. Here are some things your toddler may be doing this month.30 months, 2.5 years, development, milestones, baby, communication, language, skills, movement, physical development, social and emotional development, cognitive, thinking and learning, know the signs, autism04/26/201604/06/201704/06/2017Rhonda S. Walter, MD06/14/201683d5f2f6-c91b-45db-9573-5f24f7dae819https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/development-30mos.html/<p>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 &mdash;&nbsp;now it's likely that he or she is speaking in three-word sentences.</p> <p>Your toddler's growing vocabulary includes a couple hundred words. <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/reading-toddler.html/">Reading</a>, <a class="kh_anchor">songs</a>, and nursery rhymes are fun ways to build on blossoming language skills.</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 short phrases of 3-4 words</li> <li>is understandable to others 50% of the time&nbsp;</li> <li>speaks using pronouns (I, me, you)</li> <li>asks many "What?" and "Where?" questions</li> </ul> <h4>Movement and Physical Development&nbsp;</h4> <ul> <li>washes and dries hands</li> <li>brushes teeth with help</li> <li>pulls pants up with assistance</li> <li>jumps in place</li> <li>throws a ball overhand</li> </ul> <h4>Social and Emotional Development</h4> <ul> <li>enjoys pretend play</li> <li>starts to play with, not just alongside, other kids</li> <li>can tell you when he or she needs a diaper change or has to <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/toilet-teaching.html/">go to the potty</a>&nbsp;</li> <li>refers to himself or herself by name</li> </ul> <h4>Cognitive Skills (Thinking and Learning)</h4> <ul> <li>begins to develop a sense of humor (e.g., thinks silly things, such as a story about a barking cat, are funny)</li> <li>understands the concept of one item or thing (e.g., "Give me one block.")</li> </ul> <h3>When to Talk to Your Doctor</h3> <p>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:</p> <ul> <li>does not engage in pretend play</li> <li>doesn't speak, or makes vowel sounds but no consonants or words</li> <li>doesn't recognize simple emotions (happy, sad) in others</li> </ul> <p>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.</p>El desarrollo de su hijo: 2,5 años (30 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-30mos-esp.html/34d4c831-0adb-4b7b-a1fb-99c1d87014ad
Communication and Your 2- to 3-Year-OldCommunicating with a child is one of the most pleasurable and rewarding experiences for both parent and child. Learn how to connect with your 2- to 3-year-old.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/comm-2-to-3.html/a6e39b80-52c7-4dc8-90eb-a8a5ce10475b
Delayed Speech or Language DevelopmentKnowing what's "normal" and what's not in speech and language development can help you figure out if you should be concerned or if your child is right on schedule.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/not-talk.html/0c41b2d1-1773-4a32-aeca-9a09589718ab
Fitness and Your 2- to 3-Year-OldKids this age are naturally active, so be sure to provide lots of opportunities for your child to practice basic skills, such as running, kicking, and throwing.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/fitness-2-3.html/aafcee7b-c460-4ee9-8e8f-da26898d0810
Growth and Your 2- to 3-Year-OldDuring the third year of life, toddlers are extremely active and mobile, and are learning in very physical ways.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/growth-2-to-3.html/a12ff6d4-0270-4e44-9b5c-e13053f3b29a
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
Nutrition Guide for ToddlersWhile growth slows somewhat during the toddler years, it's a new era where kids will eat and drink more independently.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/toddler-food.html/774434a1-8fe8-4977-87c9-84f158ec4fff
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
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: 2.5 Years (30 Months)Find out what this doctor's visit will involve and what your toddler might be doing at this age.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/checkup-30mos.html/f19b34c3-389f-4d85-8d48-8111cb628599
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