Developmental Milestones:18 to 24 months

Throughout the last months leading up to your toddler’s second birthday, he’ll be making some amazing leaps and bounds in developmental milestones. He may be talking a lot more and should be cruising along all over the place. This is both an exciting time and a challenging time for parents. It’s exciting because your little one’s personality is really beginning to emerge! It’s challenging because it seems like his main goal in life is to get into as much stuff as possible. If you haven’t already done it, now is the time to start investing in some baby-proofing products.

Developmental Milestones: 18 to 24 Months

Gross motor skills
  • He is very active now: runs, moves, stops, starts. He bumps into everything.
  • He dances by spinning around and around. He loves playing outside.
  • He will become able of pedaling a tricycle.
Fine motor skills
  • He may be able to run a piece of string through something hollow or a bobbin of thread.
  • He holds his spoon well but still has trouble getting it to his mouth.
  • He will use one hand more than another for his activities: it is the emergence of hand preference. By 2 years, your child colorings should progress from circular scribble to either horizontal or vertical scribble.
Communication and language
  • By 18 months, he understands simple instructions.
  • By 24 months, he can do what you ask (e.g., point at a picture in a book).
  • He knows around 100 words by 24 months. He can make 2-word sentences.
Cognitive development: understanding
  • Between 18 and 24 months, he learns that objects exist even when he can’t see them.
  • Your child can understand symbols now, and can think of people, things and events he doesn’t see.
  • At about 2 years old, he will be able to sort articles based on common characteristics such as color. He may even enjoy creating some fun crafts for toddlers with you!
Relationships: social and emotional development
  • He imitates you a lot: feeds his teddy bear, changes diaper.
  • He wants to do everything by himself: eat, dress, drink,
  • He loves playing with pets: cats, dogs. Be careful, he can get hurt.