Toddler Development Checklist

Submitted by Nic on January 17, 2012

Every parent wants to make sure that their children are growing and developing at a normal pace, without any problems. This is because, in the recent times, parents are becoming more aware of all the growth and development problems that could affect children. Parents are also realizing that the effects of many of these problems can be reduced or minimized, with timely treatment. Hence, when parents notice that their toddlers are not performing certain activities or are slower in comparison to their peers, it is only natural for them to get worried and concerned. It could be a cause for concern if certain milestones...


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...are not met, but in some cases, a few children may take a little longer to achieve certain milestones, as compared to the others, which is absolutely normal. Therefore, there are many parents who claim they wish they had a toddler development checklist, just to know if their children are growing at the pace that they should.

Toddler Development Checklist

'Is it normal for a toddler to throw so many tantrums?' and 'At what age should I see my child start to interact with other children?' are only two of the several questions that any parent starts asking others, as their child grows. Fortunately, there is a list of milestones for children, which is like a toddler development checklist that many parents refer to, when their babies are barely 2 or 3 weeks old. Moreover, this infant and toddler developmental checklist has been divided into three main categories, i.e., cognitive or language development, physical or motor development and emotional or social development. Given below are some of the common milestones that are usually found in the toddler development checklist (toddlers between the ages of 24 months & 36 months):

  • Kicking a ball
  • Running
  • Walking upstairs with help
  • Opening the top of the jar
  • Using bricks or blocks to build a tower
  • Turning pages one at a time
  • Using two words together
  • Naming 4 to 5 body parts
  • Having a vocabulary of between 50 words to 200 words
  • Playing alone or in a group
  • Throwing major temper tantrums
  • Threading beads on a string
  • Asking a lot of questions

In case of those toddlers who do not meet most of their milestones, it is best to consult a specialist as soon as possible. Some children may need the help of certain toddler development tools, for achieving their milestones.

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