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Developmental Milestones for Your 2-Year Old

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Remember that every child develops at a different pace.  So, not every child will be able to perform all of the following skills.  However, if your child or a child that you know is lacking in a great number of these developmental milestones, please contact your Regional Service Coordinator to arrange a free evaluation.

By 2 Years Old I Can:
  • Walk, run, and climb without help
  • Go up and down stairs without holding on
  • Love to use the word "no"
  • Have frequent temper outbursts when I'm mad, tired, or upset
  • Put two and three words together in simple sentences
  • Use about 50 or more words frequently
  • Sing songs or say rhymes
  • Feed myself and drink from a cup without a lid
  • Resist sharing my toys with other children
  • Show one body part (eyes, nose) when asked

To Help Me Develop and Keep Me Healthy, My Family Can:

  • Talk to me about everyday things and help me learn new words
  • When we read, let me hold the book and turn pages
  • Be calm and comforting after my temper outbursts; I need to know you still love me
  • Be consistent with what I can and cannot do
  • Show me what to do, using very simple instructions
  • Catch me being good; encourage me many times during the day
  • Supervise me always in the tub or around water
  • Keep me in a car seat that fits toddlers in the back seat of a car
  • Provide me with three small, balanced meals and healthy snacks each day
  • Remember I may be a picky eater
  • Remember I might have a regular time for a bowel movement each day and fewer wet diapers
  • Take me to the Dentist and check to make sure my teeth get enough fluoride
  • Keep candles, matches, and lighters far away from where I can reach them
  • Play with me outside each day in good weather


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