What are the developmental milestones you observe from 1 to 2 years?

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:

Physical Milestones:
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.

Cognitive Milestones:

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.

Cognitive Milestones

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.

Sensory Milestone:
• 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

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.

Physical Milestones

Cognitive Milestones

Language Milestone

Sensory Milestone

Social and Emotional Milestones

Climb on furniture

regular sleeping schedule


Malathi A Ganesh is a B. Com Graduate, NTT, M.A (Lit), PGDEA (PG in Education Administration), PGDCA (PG Diploma in Computer Application), DTE (Diploma in Teaching English), ICEPT (International Certificate in Education Preschool Teaching) from Singapore and B. Ed. She has been in the field of education for the past 20 years and has an experience of running her own pre-school She is the Founder & Director Academics of Smartkidz Educare India Pvt Ltd with 275+ play schools Pan India. She is an Educationist and a Child Psychologists by profession who wants to fulfill her dream of giving Quality Education to children in their earlier years. She is also into conducting positive parenting workshops, which talks about effective child rearing. She has conducted numerous parenting workshops in all her pre schools, schools and MNC’s.

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