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Your 24-Month-Old

As your child reaches their 2nd birthday you may be concerned about the “terrible twos.” It may help to know what’s behind this reputation. Your child often feels excited, confused, and scared about their emerging independence.

Temper tantrums may start happening regularly. Even though they can now do so much more – walk, run, talk – they often see things they’d like to have or do, but can’t. This is frustrating and leads to tantrums!

At this age, children are by nature very self-centered. They know other kids exist and they’re interested in them. However, they really aren’t able to understand that they also think and feel. Therefore, it’s normal that your child isn’t ready to share their toys. They’ll enjoy playing “in parallel” or next to their little friends.

Most children at this age can:

  • Kick a ball forward.
  • Say at least 20 words.
  • Put 2 words together.
  • Name body parts or name a picture that you point to.
  • Stack a tower of four blocks.
  • Imitate grownups – they’ll talk on a toy cell phone just like you!

Your child may be ready to:

  • Jump getting both feet off the floor.
  • Speak 50 words.
  • Throw a ball overhand.
  • Speak, but only about half their speech is understandable now, so don’t worry too much if you’re the only one who gets what they’re saying.

Remember, all children develop at their own rate. So, if your little one isn’t doing all these things just yet, you’ll likely see them soon. If you’re concerned about your child’s development, talk to your pediatrician at your next well-child visit, or send an email with your questions anytime.

Resources for parents

American Academy of Pediatrics:
Toddler Growth and Development

My Doctor Online:
Normal Growth and Development: Infants and Toddlers
Your Child’s Growth and Development

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