Milestones ahead

From the first moments after the birth of your child, you know your life will never be the same. Your child will change from week to week-even from day to day-as he begins to notice the world around him, and to interact with it. Get a head start, and know what to expect as your baby matures.

All the Things They Can Do by Age Two 

Two-year olds – twice as delightful, twice as difficult

Parenting your little one through their second year of life takes lots of patience, support from family and friends, and a good sense of humor. Here are some highlights of the time between 12 and 24 months:

 

  • 18 month milestones
  • 24 month milestones

 

By the end of 18 months, your toddler can:

  • Listen to stories and looks at pictures
  • Experience a reduced appetite as the growth rate slows
  • Run, but may be uncoordinated, and may fall frequently
  • Walk up stairs, holding on with one hand
  • Take off some clothing items, such as socks or gloves
  • Feed him or herself

By the end of the 24 months, your toddler will most likely:

  • Have about 16 teeth (there is a wide variation)
  • Be psychologically ready for toilet training
  • Walk on his or her own
  • Start to run
  • Kick a ball
  • Have a vocabulary of 50 to 300 words (varies widely)
  • Start to form 2- to 4-word sentences
  • Make a tower of more than 4 blocks
  • Enjoy “pretend” play
  • Show growing independence
  • Be able to turn a door knob
  • Scribble with a crayon
  • Begin to sort objects by shapes and colors
  • Carry one or more toys while walking

Changes to See at Age Three 

Ready for everything

Inquisitive and often pleasant, pushing at the boundaries, ready to make friends, and keeping you busy as always, they keep growing up fast! By the end of 36 months, your toddler should:

 

  • Climb well
  • Walk up and down stairs
  • Pedal a tricycle
  • Turn book pages one at a time
  • Build a tower of more than 6 blocks
  • Hold a pencil in a writing position
  • Recognize and know the words for most common objects
  • Use 4- and 5-word sentences
  • Complete puzzles with 3 or 4 pieces
  • Match objects in a room with pictures in a book
  • Express affection for playmates
  • Not like major changes in routine
  • Understand positional relationships (on, under, above)
  • Separate easily from you
  • Have started the potty training process

Potty Training 

Between ages 2 and 3 years, most children learn to use the potty by themselves

It often takes boys longer to potty train than girls. Usually, your child will let you know when he's ready to leave the diapers behind. Signs that your child is ready to potty train:

  • Knows the words for urine and stool
  • Stays dry for longer periods of time than before (especially after a nap)
  • Physically able to pull down his pants and get on and off a toilet seat
  • Upset by having on a wet or dirty diaper
  • Likes to watch you or your husband use the bathroom
  • Willing to sit on the toilet or potty 

If your child doesn't seem ready, just give him more time. Potty training takes lots of patience. Having a battle-of-the-wills isn't productive for mom or for baby. As always, speak to your pediatrician if you are concerned