The saying is true, “knowledge is power.” Being knowledgeable about important developmental milestones empowers a parent to provide their children with all that they need to succeed and gives them a gauge for whether or not their child needs additional support.
Today we’re going to look at the developmental milestones for toddlers between the ages of 25-36 months old. During these months conversation begins to develop and they become more independent as they are able to dress and undress themselves, brush their own teeth, and open doors. Children at this age begin to develop self-confidence and will take pride being able to perform “big boy/girl” activities. Language begins to expand and children become more interested in reading stories and hearing songs. This is a crucial time because a developing vocabulary is the steppingstone to reading and writing. Toddlers also gain more self-control, because they are better able to express themselves with the new words that they are adding to their vocabulary.
Let’s take a more in-depth look at your child development from month-to-month:
Months 25- 26
Able to stacks six blocks
Walks with smooth heel-to-toe motion
Begins to use pronouns (Me, You, I)
Able to jump with both feet
The ability to draw a vertical line emerges
Begins to understand descriptions (e.g., hard, big, soft, etc.)
Months 29- 30
Can brush teeth with assistance
Wash and dries their own hands.
Draws vertical line
Able to draw a circle
Begin to recognize alphabet
The ability to balance on each foot emerges
Can name one color
Can carry on a simple conversation
Names one friend
Begins to speak clearly most of the time (75 percent of what they are saying can be understood)
Stacks eight blocks
Names two actions (e.g., skipping, jumping)
Uses three to four words in a sentence
Can describe how at least two objects are used
The ability to follow a two- or-three step command
It is very important not only to know the developmental milestones, but to also pay attention to where your child measures up against them. It is true that every child is different and may reach certain developmental milestones sooner or a tad slower than other children. However, if you notice that your child is significantly behind these milestones it is important to have your child professionally evaluated. Contact your child’s physician immediately, as they will be able to connect you to the proper resources to assist you in getting your child on track.
To read more information about developmental milestones months 1-12 click here.
To read more information about developmental milestones months 13-24 click here.
Milestone source: babycenter.com
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