A toddler is a young child between the age of 1 to 3 years (12 to 36 months). During this time, your child is advancing from infancy toward and into the preschool years.
Toddlers have grown enough to have their own ideas and wants, but their bodies and emotions haven't kept pace. Babymed helps you navigate the toddler years — from tantrums to toilet training and that first toddler bed - with a lot of advice of what's normal or not and how to address important issues.
What are developmental milestones of toddlers?
Developmental milestones are skills most children can do by a certain age. Developmental milestones are things children reach milestones in how they play, learn, speak, behave, and move (like crawling, walking, or jumping). They include milestones such as taking a first step, smiling for the first time, and waving "bye-bye".
1-2 years (12-24 months) old toddler developmental milestones
During the second year, toddlers are moving around more, and are aware of themselves and their surroundings. Their desire to explore new objects and people also is increasing. During this stage, toddlers will show greater independence; begin to show defiant behavior; recognize themselves in pictures or a mirror; and imitate the behavior of others, especially adults and older children. Toddlers also should be able to recognize the names of familiar people and objects, form simple phrases and sentences, and follow simple instructions and directions.
- Gross motor skills 12-24 months
- Vision and fine motor skills 12-24 months
- Communication skills: 12-24 months
- Cognitive skills: 12-24 months
- Social and emotional skills: 12-24 months
2-3 years (24-36 months months) old toddler developmental milestones
During the age of 2-3 years (24-36 months) developmental milestones of a toddler include skills such as taking turns, playing make believe, and kicking a ball.
Because of children’s growing desire to be independent, this stage is often called the "terrible twos." Toddlers will experience huge thinking, learning, social, and emotional changes that will help them to explore their new world, and make sense of it. During this stage, toddlers should be able to follow two- or three-step directions, sort objects by shape and color, imitate the actions of adults and playmates, and express a wide range of emotions.
- Toddler 12-24 months: Gross motor skills
- Toddler 12-24 months: Vision and fine motor skills
- Toddler 24-36 months: Communication skills