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Your Toddler: A Developmental Checklist: 2 To 2 1/2 Years

Remember that all children are individuals and develop at their own pace. This checklist should be used only to get a general sense for where your child is or where he is heading. If you have any concerns about your child's development, consult with your physician.

Physical Development

  • Runs without falling
  • Jumps up
  • Takes off all clothes
  • May put on shirt
  • May balance on one foot for one second
  • Often dislikes being confined; resists going into stroller or being carried
  • Appetite decreases, less interest in eating

Intellectual Development

  • Follows two-step verbal command
  • Begins to distinguish items by number, colour, size, texture

Social And Emotional Development

  • Identifies friend by name
  • Tests limits: yours, his, the environment's
  • Still plays in parallel with other children, not socially interacting with them
  • Mimics parental behaviour
  • Re-emergence of separation anxiety
  • Assertive and independent
  • Dawdles or resists being rushed

Language Development

  • Names about six body parts
  • Uses two-word sentences, with vocabulary of 50 or more words
  • Repeats words others say
Dr. Bettye M. Caldwell Ph.D. Professor of Pediatrics in Child Development and Education