What are the developmental milestones you observe from 1 to 2 years?
Developmental milestones refer to things that most children can do by a certain age. Skills such as taking the first step, smiling for the first time, waving bye-bye etc. are some of the examples of developmental milestones. Children reach milestones in how they play, learn, speak, behave etc. missing one or two milestone is not a matter of concern as every child develops differently.
The following are the developmental milestones for kids from 1 to 2 years:
By the age of 2, most of the kids:
• Walk, run and start learning to jump with both feet.
• Throw and kick a ball.
• Stand on tiptoes.
• Balance on one foot.
• Climb on furniture.
• Start brushing teeth on their own.
• Hold utensils and crayons with fingers instead of fist.
Kids start learning new things and think in new ways. They typically:
• Remember and talk about things that happened in the past.
• Enjoy solving puzzles.
• Recite favorite books and nursery rhymes.
• Finds things even when they are hidden undercover.
• Names things in a picture book like cat, dog etc.
Language Milestone: Children usually start understanding much of what you say them. Most of the children can do the following things:
• Understand the words of the people who are familiar to them.
• Knows the names of body parts.
• Use a variety of single words by 18 months.
• Speak in sentences of two or four words by the end of 2 years.
• Repeat words that he hears.
• Starts asking questions in one or two words like “what’s that?” or “why?”
• Starts using plurals such as dogs.
• Follows simple instructions.
• The child has a regular sleeping schedule.
• Helps himself in getting dressed or undressed.
• He is able to find where the sound is coming from.
Social and Emotional Milestones:
A two-year-old starts to be more independent and more interested in other kids. By the end of this age, he will do things like:
• Mimic what adults or other kids say and also the way in which they say that.
• Becomes more interested in interacting with people.
• Feels happy to play with other kids.
• Turns head in response to the name by which he is called.
• Points to the objects of interest.
• Starts disobeying and does things that he is told not to do, just to test what happens.
• Starts to realize that he can do things on his own without your help.
• By the end of two years, the child starts becoming increasingly independent and aware of himself.
Always remember that kids are different and they develop at a different rate. If your child is unable to reach a particular milestone or is late in reaching a few of these milestones, then there is no need to panic.
But if he is not able to meet many of these milestones by the age of 2 or 3 then you need to consult a doctor to know whether the early intervention could help the kid in developing the required skills.