Developmental Milestones of 2 Year Old Child

Language Milestones

Your child now understands much of what you say to him. At this age, children can typically:

  • Speak in sentences of two to four words
  • Combine nouns and verbs
  • Repeat the words they hear
  • Start asking “what” and “why” questions
  • Begin using basic pronouns such as “me” and “you”
  • Understand words for everyday objects and body parts
  • Know the names of familiar people

Cognitive Milestones

Cognitive milestones involve learning, thinking, memory, and problem-solving.

Two year olds start thinking in new ways and enjoy more complicated pretend play.

Also, by the time your child is nearing the age of three, most children can typically:

  • Follow simple instructions
  • Point and/or name body parts
  • Repeat favorite nursery rhymes
  • Remember things that happened in the past
  • Group toys by size, color, or type
  • Do simple three or four piece puzzles

Gross And Fine Motor Development Milestones

At this age, your toddler’s physical development is fast and stable. He has mastered most of his  gross motor skills and polished his fine motor skills.

Most 2 year olds:

  • Can walk and run
  • Are starting to learn how to jump with both feet
  • Can throw and kick a ball
  • Are trying to catch a ball with both hands
  • Can pull or carry toys
  • Are able to climb on playground equipment, stairs, or furniture
  • Can build a tower of at least four blocks
  • Can drink from a cup
  • Have started brushing their teeth and hair
  • Can hold crayons and utensils with fingers instead of a fist

Social and Emotional Milestones

Your 2 year old toddler is more interested in other kids.

He is also starting to be increasingly independent but still lacking words to express his needs which can leave him frustrated and upset.

And that’s where temper tantrums and meltdowns come from.

By the end of this his second year, your child should:

  • Enjoy playing with or next to other kids
  • Be able to mimic what other children and adults do and say
  • Do exactly the opposite of what you told him to
  • Have tantrums and meltdowns when frustrated

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