Your toddler is now rapidly approaching his or her second birthday — a major milestone. Many parents are surprised to see that their children seem to enter the Terrible Twos early, long before hitting that big milestone. In most children, this is a normal and important developmental stage: they are testing the boundaries of their world and learning what is and is not possible.
Children at this age are often naturally busy, energetic, and social. This doesn’t mean they aren’t shy around strangers — only that they are very interested in the social world and are beginning to recognize how people act differently. They are also learning to express their needs and desires more appropriately.
If you’re concerned with how your child interacts with others, trust your judgment and talk with your healthcare provider, particularly if it looks like your child is regressing in his or her developmental milestones. If your child has not reached a particular milestone, there may be nothing to be concerned about, but it doesn’t hurt to make an appointment for an evaluation.
Age 20-24 months
|Your baby may be able to:||You may want to talk to a healthcare professional if your baby:|
|Show defiant behavior||Doesn't make eye contact with caregivers (such as when being fed)|
|Throw a ball overhand and kick a ball forward||Doesn't play with other people|
|Use a spoon and drink from a cup by 24 months||Doesn't know what to do with common things, like a brush, fork, or spoon|
|Begin to say his or her own name at 22-24 months||Doesn't respond to his or her own name, or to the sound of a familiar voice|
|Help to undress and put things away by 18-24 months||Doesn't smile when smiled at|
|Listen to stories when shown pictures and talk about immediate experiences by 24 months||Shows no interest in stimulus such as books or sharing interest and enjoyment|
|Know names of familiar people and body parts||Doesn't point, wave goodbye, or use other gestures to communicate|
|Name items in a picture book, such as a cat, bird, or dog||Can't identify simple pictures|