The curious age: Your child’s milestones at age 2 years


We list the child development stages your child must tick off by age 2 years.

Your child is an endless source of joy for you. You recently celebrated their second birthday, and though you revel in their growth, you wonder if they are developing fast enough. You must know about the requisite development stages for your child at this age.

Child development stages at age 2 years

There are some crucial child development milestones your child will have achieved when they are 2 years old. There has already been significant progress in terms of physical development – from a cooing, babbling infant your child has now grown into a toddler that walks and runs, has developed teeth, can speak short sentences, can express their moods and feelings verbally, recognise objects, places and people, etc.

These are the child development stagemilestones most children achieve by age 2 years:

* Movement: By now, your child is able to stand up on their own, start to run or walk faster, stand on their toes, pull themselves up on furniture, carry objects while walking, throw a ball, hold objects like pencils, small bat, etc. Most 2-year-olds have a smoother walk as compared to the slightly staggering one before, balance their weight on one leg,

* Hand-eye coordination: By now, your child will be able to grasp small objects, overturn a pile of blocks, stand one block over another, recognise shapes and colours (though they may not be able to articulate them), unscrew the lid of a jar, scribble and draw, etc. At this time, you will notice whether your child has a stronger preference for using their right or left hand. It is better not to pressurise them to use the right hand if they are naturally left-handed.

* Language: By age 2, your child’s development stage as regards language shows rapid growth. By now, they will have learnt a few words, and also the names of their siblings and parents. They may even be able to speak short, simple sentences. From now on, they will learn to repeat words they overhear, point to objects and communicate their feelings or wishes, use pronouns like ‘Me’ and ‘I’ when addressing themselves, etc. You can encourage their language skills by reading out to them, teaching them the first few alphabets, etc.

* Social skills: Your child will now be able to assign names or nicknames to people they see regularly, start playing with other children their age, start to defy you (get into mischief and doing things they are told not to do), develop imaginary friends, and even talk to their toys.

* Thinking: Give your child building blocks of different colours to play with, so that they can learn to stack by colour, size and shape. They should also be able to find hidden objects, repeat rhymes after you, follow two-part instructions (‘Wash your hands, then come to the table’) etc.

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