Toddlers have a reputation for being especially ornery. We’ve even coined the phrase “terrible twos” to describe the challenges they present. But we really should be calling them the terrific twos, because all those things that drive parents crazy are actually just signs that your child is developing by leaps and bounds.
Toddler development covers a whole lot of territory between the ages of 1 and 3. Knowing more about this developmental stage will help you better understand and relate to your child as they work their way through the challenges of toddlerhood.
Developmental Milestones for Toddlers
- Taking their first steps: Typically 11-13 months.
- Speaking their first words: Typically 11-14 months.
- Speaking in complete sentences: 2 1/2 to 3 years of age.
- The emergence of gender identity, and the realization that boys and girls are different. Toddlers will begin to distinguish themselves as boy or girl and begin incorporating this into self-concepts.
- Using the potty: typically 2 to 2 1/2 years of age.
- Important Developmental Tasks for Toddlers
- By 18 months your child should be interacting with caregivers and other adults or children. If not, this could be a sign of a social dis_rder such as autism.
- Learning to talk in more complete sentences.
- Learning how to properly express their wishes and assert their will
- Potty training.
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