Developmental Milestones for 2 Year Olds

Your tiny tot is growing fast. It seems as if it was only recently that this little bundle of joy entered your life. When your baby passes the two-year-old mark, he has become a toddler. Are you unsure what developmental milestones for  2-year-olds are as your kid approaches his third birthday? What milestones has your tiny tot met this year? Is he treading the milestones as he should be? Or are there any developmental delays? Let’s see what skills are typical of age 2.

Know Right Developmental Milestones for 2 Year Olds

Physical Developmental Milestones At Age 2

From crawling to toddling to taking baby steps, your tiny tot has covered a long journey in 2 years. Perhaps he is learning cycling, making cute faces, blabbering, mumbling, and learning to speak. Pretty amazing achievements, right? When your little one passes these developmental milestones, your heart surely bursts with pride.

  • As he grows into a toddler, your child will learn to jump, balance on one foot, walk on step, and throw a ball. He will soon join school, make friends, and learn to dress, brush his teeth, comb his hair, and use the toilet.
  • He will gain height and weight at a slower pace than he did as a baby. There will be a striking difference in his fine-motor skill development, as he will exhibit better control to wield cutlery and crayons.

Intellectual Developmental Milestones At Age 2

The development of his brain continues at a gradual pace as he begins to grasp concepts, differentiating between things. His imagination blossoms, and he learns to create more complex storylines to the extent of envisioning an imaginary friend.

His memory begins to sharpen, as he starts to remember more and more people, things, and places. Do not be surprised to find your toddler remembering an event of the past.

Numbers and letters start to interest kids at this age. But if yours doesn’t seem interested, there’s nothing to worry about.  There is nothing to feel frustrated if they continue to wonder about what, why, and how. His language will become little explicit as he begins to use plurals.

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Verbal Developmental Milestones for a 2 Year Old

If your child’s mumbling looks interesting, there’s much more excitement to unfold further. Perhaps you’re in for a treat, as your tiny tot starts learning how to carry on a conversation. He will try to use numerous single words and connect phrases. He will not hesitate to repeat what you say.

You may find significant traces of improvement in his speech, which becomes intelligible. He’ll start to string together longer phrases and do not be surprised if your toddler begins connecting phrases to make sentences.

Emotional Developmental Milestones at 2 Years

If you have been waiting to hear those magical words from your toddler, then get set for some real visual treat. While he may give you some trying time running around the house, do not lose heart if he lags behind his goals. Despite his trying tantrums, he is your little bundle of joy, who will give you some tender moments when he tries to convey those three magical words, “I wuv you, Mommy”!

Nevertheless, you may find it challenging to persuade toddlers to listen, and shouting across a room or proving yourself as the boss will not work.

  • He will try to imitate behavior of others
  • He demonstrates interest in independence
  • Begins to exhibit a defiant behavior

Social Developmental Milestones at 2 Years

When your child crosses the milestone of 2 years, he begins to socialize and make friends. He finds comfort in the company of other toddlers, shifting his focus to associative play. He begins to share stuff with friends.

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A 2-year-old may learn to identify names of his friends. He may be keen to interact in a group setting.

Play Recommendations for a 2 Year Old

  • Encourage active play. Make sure your toddler has enough space for physical activity.
  • Allow your toddler to help around the house.
  • Read to your tiny tot.
  • Encourage playful activities that involve creative work.
  • Do not encourage television time at this age.
  • Limit screen time to not more than 3 hours every day.
  • Control the type of games he can play.

It’s no less than an amazing experience to see your tiny tot turn into a little person, who is more interested in being on his own. He can imitate others’ behavior and can walk up and down stairs with support.

Developmental Delays

Here are a few developmental delays that you would want to keep an eye on:

  • Not able to walk at 1 8 months of age.
  • Fails to develop a mature heel-toe walking pattern after several months of walking, or walks exclusively on his toes.
  • Cannot speak fifteen words in one go, though he can understand what you speak to them.
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