Development Milestones – 30 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
  • 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”)

Is your child ahead of schedule? Check the 3-year (36 months) milestones:

  • Throws ball overhand; catches with straight arms
  • Walks up stairs, one at a time
  • Rides tricycle
  • Stands on one foot
  • Builds a bridge with three blocks
  • Copies a cross and circle with an awkward, high pencil grip
  • Uses scissors
  • Speaks 1,000+ words
  • Knows age and sex
  • Counts three objects correctly
  • Is understood by others 75% of the time
  • Identifies seven body parts
  • Knows two colours by name
  • Stuttering is common

Problem Solving Development

Psychosocial: Emotional Development

Psychosocial: Social Development

  • 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

Is your child ahead of schedule? Check the 3-year (36 months) milestones:

  • Increasingly uses reasoning to solve problems
  • Does nine-piece puzzles
  • Becomes more flexible and adaptable
  • Begins to talk about dreams
  • Learns how to share
  • Negotiates conflicts
  • Begins cooperative play with peers

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

  • 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

Is your child ahead of schedule? Check the 3-year (36 months) milestones:

  • Unbuttons clothing, puts on shoes
  • Washes hands
  • Pours liquids
  • Holds cup by the handle
  • Uses a fork
  • Starts to pour
  • Can chew most foods
  • Appetite may improve
  • Requests favourite foods
  • Likes different shapes, colors
  • Influenced by television ads
  • Likes to help in the kitchen

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