Toddler Milestones: 2 - 3 yrs

The following page gives the usual age at which different toddler milestones are reached during the period 24 to 36 months (2 to 3 years of age).

For other ages, - click here.

Each age band has the development described in terms of

  • motor
  • fine motor
  • language
  • personal/social

development as that is how professionals assess development. Different areas have prominence at different ages. Read more.

From 2 years of age, you will notice your toddler's speech and language development really progressing to the stage where they can have a conversation with you by 3 years of age.

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24 months toddler developmental milestones

Motor Development

At 24 months, your toddler will be able to:

  • kick a ball
  • run
  • walk upstairs holding on using two feet per step

Fine Motor / Vision Development

At 24 months, your toddler will be able to:

  • unscrew the top of a jar
  • build a tower of 6 using 1 inch cube wooden bricks
  • copy a vertical line
  • turn pages one at a time

Your toddler will also be developing hand preference, so will be starting to favor either the right or left hand.

Speech and Language Development

At 24 months, your toddler will be able to:

  • put two words together - like "daddy gone", "mummy home"
  • name 4 or 5 body parts
  • identify 5 pictures in a picture book - for example, your child will be able to point to objects you name
  • use about 50 words

Personal / Social Development

At 24 months, your toddler will be able to:

  • play alone
  • put socks and shoes on
  • give her first name
  • tell you when she wants to toilet
  • to have a major temper tantrum! - read more

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30 months toddler milestones

Motor Development

At 30 months, if your child has reached normal toddler milestone, she will be able to:

  • throw a ball overarm

Fine Motor / Vision Development

At 30 months, your toddler will be able to:

  • thread beads onto a string
  • copy a horizontal line

Speech and Language Development

At 30 months, your toddler will be able to:

  • use more than 200 words
  • understand prepositions like "under", "in", "behind"

Personal / Social Development

At 30 months, your toddler will be able to:

  • give full name and sex
  • feed skillfully with a spoon

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36 months toddler milestones

Motor Development

At 36 months, if your child has reached normal toddler milestones, she will be able to:

  • stand on one foot
  • go upstairs one foot per step
  • ride a tricycle

Fine Motor / Vision Development

At 36 months, your toddler will:

  • build a 9 cube tower using 1 inch cube wooden bricks
  • build a 3 cube bridge using 1 inch cube wooden bricks
  • copy a circle
  • use a tripod grasp on a pencil
  • turn pages one page at a time
  • show hand preference

Speech and Language Development

At 36 months, your child, if she is following normal toddler milestones, will be able to:

  • identify 3 colors if asked
  • name 8 pictures in a picture book
  • ask lots of questions - "what is ...?", "why..."
  • hold a good conversation
  • use plurals
  • count to 10
  • understand simple negatives

Personal / Social Development

At 36 months, your toddler will be able to:

  • dress and undress
  • play with other children
  • do up buttons
  • understand sharing with other children

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When to be concerned

If your child has not reached the following toddler milestones or is demonstrating the following signs, see your doctor:

  • if your toddler is using a fisted grasp or grip at age 3 years
  • if your toddler is unable to make her needs known at age 3 years

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References

  • Martin Bellman and John Cash. Schedule of Growing Skills. NEFR-Nelson. ISBN 0 7005 1161 X
  • Mary Sheridan. From birth to five years. NFER-NELSON. ISBN 0 85633 074 4
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For toddler milestones from 1 to 2 years of age, click here

For toddlers from 2 to 3 years of age, click here

For toddlers from 3 to 4 years of age, click here

For children from 4 to 5 years of age, click here

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Last reviewed 2 June 2011

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