Toddlers explore their independence, develop strong preferences, and start to talk in phrases to have conversations with you. They will also begin testing their limits, which requires guidance for learning self-control. Next to love, guidance is one of the biggest gifts you can give your toddler.
Your Toddler From Age One to Two Years
During this time, your child will:
- Use 20 or more words
- Know the names of familiar people
- Follow simple directions, like "Get the ball"
- Combine two or more words, like "What is that?" or "More milk"
- Point to people, toys, and body parts when asked
- Understand simple stories and songs
Your Toddler From Age Two to Three Years
Between ages two and three, your toddler will learn to do many new things. They will run, jump, and love being on-the-go. They will talk in phrases and have conversations with you. They will test their limits, and yours. They may break into tears or tantrums because they won’t be able to do everything themselves. They will continue to need your guidance in learning self-control, and they will need your help with understanding what others need.