Development Milestones – 24 Months


months years
0–12 12 14 15 18 22 24 30 3 4 5

Gross motor development
(How Your Baby Moves)

Fine motor development
(How Your Baby Uses His Hands)

Language development

  • Jumps in place
  • Throws and kicks ball
  • Walks down stairs one at a time holding rail
  • Climbs on furniture
  • Builds tower of seven blocks
  • Imitates a straight or circular line with a crayon
  • Makes a train out of blocks
  • Speaks 50+ words and two- to three-word sentences
  • Refers to self by name
  • Words can be understood by others 50% of time
  • Follows two-step commands
  • Can put toy “in,” “on,” “under”

Is your child ahead of schedule? Check the 30-month milestones:

  • Jumps
  • Runs easily
  • Builds tower of eight blocks
  • Imitates circular drawing stroke
  • Refers to self by pronoun “I”
  • Speaks 350+ words
  • Uses action words (e.g., “run,” “fall”)

Problem Solving Development

Psychosocial: Emotional Development

Psychosocial: Social Development

  • Sorts objects, matches objects to pictures
  • Does three- to four-piece puzzles
  • Begins to change reaction to events and emotions based on social influences of others
  • Imitates others to please them
  • Plays next to but not with another child (parallel play)
  • Begins to tolerate separation
  • Has tantrums when frustrated
  • Resents attention shown to others

Is your child ahead of schedule? Check the 30-month milestones:

  • Continues to exhibit trial-and-error behavior in solving problems
  • Continues to cry and hit at times
  • May be shy around strangers
  • May show fear of unfamiliar objects or activities
  • Pretends while playing
  • Dresses and undresses dolls

Psychosocial: Adaptive Development

Eating: Motor Skills Development
Milestones apply for ages 2 to 3 years

Eating: Social and Personal Skills Development
Milestones apply for ages 2 to 3 years

  • Removes clothes without buttons
  • Opens door by turning knob
  • Unzips zippers
  • May indicate toilet needs
  • Holds cup
  • Puts spoon in mouth
  • Spills a lot
  • Chews better, but choking is still a concern
  • May want to feed you
  • Becomes more independent; too busy to eat
  • Able (and likely) to say “No!”
  • Able to gesture or ask for food if hungry
  • Appetite seems to decrease

Is your child ahead of schedule? Check the 30-month milestones:

  • Helps put things away
  • Can begin toilet training
  • Drinks from a cup with minimal spilling
  • Holds cup
  • Puts spoon in mouth
  • Spills a lot
  • Chews better, but choking is still a concern
  • Has definite likes and dislikes
  • Demands to do things “by myself”
  • Dawdles over food
  • May eat only a few different types of foods at times

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