Your toddler may not be 24 months old yet, but he or she might have decided to enter the Terrible Twos early. At this age, your child’s ability to explore and understand the world is growing, as will his or her frustration when you say “No!” as your baby reaches for that vase, yanks the dog’s tail, or drops your keys in the toilet.

Expect the occasional temper tantrum, which means your baby is learning the limits of his or her newfound independence. Do you know if your child is hitting certain developmental milestones?

But what if your baby isn’t exploring, showing interest in other kids, or demonstrating affection or frustration? Children in this age range should be demonstrating affection for family, friends, and familiar caregivers. They will also look for approval.

If you’re concerned with your child’s level of engagement with people, talk with your healthcare provider. Remember that toddlers develop according to their own schedules. If your child has not reached a particular milestone, there may be nothing to be concerned about, but it’s a good idea to make an appointment for an evaluation.

Age 16-19 months
Your baby may be able to:You may want to talk to a healthcare professional if your baby:
Point to one body partDoesn't point to show things to others
Walk independently, may runCan't walk
Combine two or more wordsDoesn't gain new words
Hands things to others as playDoesn't show affection to family and friends
Say and shake head "no"Doesn't communicate with gestures
Show interest in a doll or stuffed animal by pretending to feedDoesn't notice or mind when a caregiver leaves or returns
Understand and follow simple commands ("bring to Mommy")Doesn't follow simple commands
Explore alone but with a parent close byLoses skills he or she once had
Build a tower of three cubesDoesn't build a tower of cubes or is uninterested in trying
Scribble on paper with crayonsCan't hold a crayon


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  1. National Institutes of Health, Toddler Development.
  2. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Developmental Milestones Checklist.


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