Twenty four months old for a baby is probably the most infamous for toddlers, often referred to as the “Terrible Twos. The reality is that it is a lot of fun. The life of a two-year-old can consist of activities like dressing up, playing kitchen, loving their parents, and yes, throwing a tantrum or two.
In this article, we look at what you might expect at this age. A child’s development will occur at their own pace and is likely to differ from precisely child-to-child. Do not be alarmed if you have any concerns that your child is not meeting expected developmental milestones. Check in with a qualified healthcare professional, such as a pediatrician, to seek their advice.
A child’s mobility and movement at two are typically steady and more confident on a physical developmental front. They may still reach for your hand while going up the stairs, but they can often attempt it themselves with a new ability to climb with one foot at a time.
Another developmental milestone may include;
- Improved dexterity. You may start to notice if your child is left or right-handed by the frequency they use one over the other. Generally, hand and finger skills can develop with scribbling and the handling of toys, containers, and items like building blocks.
- Language skills. Your two year old is likely to have a handful of single words, maybe even basic expressions of two to four words. They can often recognise familiar people and objects through speech.
- Cognition. Toddlers typically can sort by colours or shapes, and they start to understand playful concepts like hidden items or make-believe play characters.
- Emotions. Toddlers can begin to identify as themselves, knowing their name and expressing their wants. It can be positive, for example, articulating what they want to play with other children. It can also come across as challenging if they are stubborn about this new sense of self.
A Practical Milestone: Potty Training
A major toddler project at this age is potty training. Some children may start this as early as eighteen months. Others may only be ready at thirty-six months. If you would like to explore the possibility of potty training, here are some signs you can look for:
- Wanting a Clean Nappy – toddlers may begin to cry or yell when their nappies are wet and need to be changed.
- Dry Throughout the Night – this may depend on how much your toddler drinks before bed, but a good sign they are ready is when they wake up with a dry nappy.
- Interest in the Toilet – when your toddler begins to follow you into the bathroom or wander in there alone, this shows they are interested in the activity of using the bathroom.
If your toddler has not shown any of these typical signs, you can encourage your child by using potty-training language around them more. Such as nappies, toilet, and potty. It may help them get used to hearing the terms and pique their interest. Let your toddler show you when they are ready, and do not rush the process. It should all come together at the right time.
Twenty four months old can get a bad rap as “the terrible twos”. While tantrums are a phase that you might have to endure, there is so much play and genuine developmental milestones that parents have a lot to look forward to.