Milestones: 19 to 24 months

Milestones: 19 to 24 months

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Child's AgeMastered Skills (most kids can do)Emerging Skills (half of kids can do)Advanced Skills (a few kids can do)
19 monthsUses a spoon
Throws a ball underhand
Enjoys helping around the house
Understands as many as 200 words
Recognizes when something is wrong (e.g., calling a dog a cat)
Washes and dries own hands with help
Points to picture or object when you call it by name
May know when she needs to pee
20 monthsFeeds doll
Takes off own clothes
Dumps an object in imitation, such as throwing garbage away
Learns words at a rate of ten or more a day
Can walk up stairs (but probably not down)
May start exploring genitals
Draws a straight line
Names several body parts
21 monthsCan walk up stairs
Able to set simple goals (e.g., deciding to put a toy in a certain place)
Throws a ball overhand
Kicks ball forward
Stacks six blocks
Names simple picture in a book
Can walk down stairs
22 monthsKicks ball forward
Follows two-step requests (e.g., "Get your doll and bring it here")
Does simple puzzles
Draws a straight line
Names several body parts
Puts on loose-fitting clothes
Might be ready for a big bed
Understands same vs different
23 monthsNames simple picture in a book
Uses 50 to 70 words
Opens doors
Sings simple tunes
Takes more of an interest in playing with other kids
Talks about self (likes, dislikes)
Asks "why?"
24 months

Names at least six body parts
Half of speech is understandable
Makes two- to three-word sentences

Talks about self
Arranges things in categories
Can walk down stairs
Begins to understand abstract concepts (e.g., sooner and later)
Becomes attuned to gender differences
Learns to jump

On to the next chart: 25 to 30 months

Back to the previous chart: 13 to 18 months

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Show sources

Brownell CA, et al. 2007. So big: The development of body self-awareness in toddlers. Child Development 78(5):1426-40. [Accessed May 2020]

CDC. 2019. Important milestones: Your child by three years. U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. [Accessed May 2020]

CDC. Important milestones: Your child by two years. [Accessed May 2020]

MedlinePlus (ADAM). 2020. Developmental milestones — 18 months. [Accessed May 2020]

Nemours Foundation. 2016. Your child’s development: 2 years (24 months). [Accessed May 2020]

Zero to Three. 18–24 months: Your child’s development. [Accessed May 2020]

Zero to Three. 30–36 months: Your child’s development. [Accessed May 2020]

Jenny is an editor and journalist living in Oakland, CA.

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Watch the video: Baby and Toddler Milestones, Dr. Lisa Shulman (July 2022).


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