Toddler Development

Wondering if your toddler’s development is on track? Toddler development can be grouped into four areas: language & communication, physical, cognitive, and social & emotional development. Toddlers will develop individually but should generally master milestones by certain ages. The charts below give developmental milestones of 18 month olds, 2 year olds, and 3 year olds.

It’s a good idea to familiarize yourself with the milestones that coincide with your little one’s age. This will help you see if your child is developing at a normal rate and also give you insight into your toddler’s current behavior.

When you look at toddler development by age, you see that what parents may classify as troublesome toddler behavior may actually be developmental milestones. Take tantrums for example, which are actually a social & emotional milestone of 18 month olds. Or notice that the defiant behavior seen in the “terrible twos” is another social & emotional milestone for age two.


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