One year into the parenting world likely flew by and now you have a toddler at home! Your little one changed dramatically both physically and intellectually in the first year. In the next two years, your toddler’s growth will slow down but not her development. According to Mom365, here are the 10 things to expect your little one to start to tackle.
By 18 months a toddler can have as many as 20 words in her vocabulary. By the age of two, that number might be 50 to 100 and it’s likely that your little one can even put them into a simple sentence. A 3-year-old can have as many as 900 words!
2. Helping to get dressed
The day will come when your toddler wants to dress herself. As toddlers grow, getting themselves dressed is one way they display their independence. Before 18 months they’re helping push arms through sleeves and feet into shoes; by 36 months they’re putting on their own clothes with much lesser assistance.
3. Display fine motor skills
Your little one start to use their little fingers and hands at grasping spoons and holding cups. And by 18 months, you can even expect to see them gripping and scribbling with crayons.
4. Imitating you
Don’t be surprised if you see your toddler “talk” on his phone just like how you would. And also use a cloth to wipe off a table, or put the handles of a bag over his shoulder and walk around. Soon after that, you will start hearing him say words and phrases that he has learned by listening to you when you speak.
5. Having trouble with separation
Does your little one cry or cling to you or both as you’re leaving the room or heading out the door? At this stage, your toddler doesn’t have a strong sense of time and that is why he doesn’t know when you’ll return. Your little might put this knowledge to use by becoming upset at daycare drop-off or even when you just leave the room.
6. Following simple instructions
Between 15 and 18 months, it is when your little chatterbox start to grasp on language. This development will lead her to understand simple questions and directions. Her communication style will still be a mix of actions and words.
7. Imaginary play
Between 18 and 24 months, toddlers start using their imagination when they play—you might notice him making motor noises when he’s pushing his truck. The imaginary play will become more advanced and complicated as your child grows and develops his thinking. This kind of play is extremely beneficial for social, problem-solving, and language skills.
8. Learning through repetition
Toddlers are curious by nature. One way they do this is through repetition, doing the same thing over and over to figure it out. For example, opening and closing drawers and cupboards. Your little one will keep doing this by age two in an attempt to understand the world.
9. Making friends
By the age of two, your child will probably be interested in playing with other kids at her age. At this age most play is parallel. Kids might play or do the same thing next to each other, but not with each other. And most the time, sharing toys will be a challenge.
10. Understanding emotions
Starting as early as 15 months, toddlers can begin to understand emotions in themselves and others. Your little one might give you a hug if you seem sad or try to make you laugh by repeating an action that got previously earned a chuckle.