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Toddler Development

Toddler Development

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Your Toddler, 19-24 Mos.

As your child nears her second birthday, he or she is continuing to develop coordination, social skills, routines, self-expression, and other important lessons and abilities.

To be sure your child is developing as he or she should, look at her overall behavioral tendencies. What follows are some developmental milestones and behaviors for this particular age group:

Social Development and Play
Turns head to respond to her name being called
Participates in small group play with other children
Maintains eye contact with others
Seems interested and aware of things around him
Has little trouble playing in social situations
Gestures to new and exciting things
Can find objects you point to
Explores new environments such as park or play area
Has fun swinging on swings at the playground
Has fun when gently swung or tossed in air
Is delighted by encountering new toys
Rarely mouths or chews on toys
Enjoys playing with a variety of toys and textures
Has fun playing with toys that make noise
Enjoys being read to or looking at picture books

Movement and Motor Skills
Continually on-the-go (including walking, running, climbing, crawling, etc.) to achieve goals or attain toys or objects
Can play and explore without physical help from an adult
Walks with heel-to-toe pattern, rather than primarily on toes
Invents novel ways to move and play
Does not tire easily when playing with other children
Can maintain balance when lightly bumped by other children
Can throw and catch a ball with some success
Uses hands to assist movement between positions
Uses both left and right hands to explore new objects and toys

Daily Routines
Delights in bath time
Can self-soothe in car rides unless hungry or overtired
Will tolerate diaper changes with minimal fussing
Is not overly nervous when tipping head back when going from seated to supine position
Demonstrates pinching and grasping motor skills by using fingertips to pick up little items
Can eat more and more types of foods
Accommodates being dressed and wearing varied clothing textures
Has an established sleep pattern
Is usually able to self-soothe to fall asleep

Self-Expression and Adaptation to Change
Is generally amiable and pleasant when not too hungry or overly tired
Is able to be settled by rocking and other touch, as well as soothing sounds
Is able to be soothed without a protracted routine
Is able to take pleasure many kinds of experiences, including smell, sound, touch, among others
Responds and/or cries when injured
Is able to self-soothe when frustrated or uncomfortable
Enjoys exploring various textures (such as a fuzzy toy) after multiple exposures
Is able to transition to new surroundings after brief adjustment period
Can be separated from parents without excessive anxiety after a brief adjustment period

Please note, there is no reason to be alarmed if your toddler deviates from one or two of these behaviors occasionally. With that being said, if you notice large gaps in development, you might discuss your concerns with his or her pediatrician.