Two-year-olds typically learn many new physical skills.
Toddlers begin to engage in more pretend play.
As kids approach age 3, they usually can understand most of what you say to them.
Once your child is 2 years old, you officially have a toddler! And it can be hard not to compare your child with other toddling tots—or have other parents compare their child to yours.
You may not be completely sure what skills are typical at this age, especially if this is your first child. Check out these developmental milestones to get a better idea of which skills are typically expected of a 2-year-old. Keep in mind that kids develop at different paces. So if your child is late to do a few of these things, don’t panic.
This year, children may not only grow by leaps and bounds, but also learn to leap and bound! Expect to see big things happening with the big muscles (gross motor skills), as well as development in small muscle movement (fine motor skills).
Most 2-year-olds learn to do things like these by their third birthday:
Two-year-olds typically start to be more independent and more interested in other kids. But not having the words to express themselves can be frustrating. By the end of this year, kids will likely do things like this:
Mimic what other kids and adults do and say, as well as how they say it
Be happy to play near, if not with, other kids
Start to realize they can do things without your help
Disobey more than before, doing things they’re told not to do, just to test what happens
All kids develop at their own rate, and there’s no need to worry when kids are slow to develop some of these skills. But if they aren’t meeting the majority of these milestones as age 3 approaches, talk to your child’s health care provider. They can help you sort out what’s going on, figure out if there’s any concern about developmental delays, and discuss how to help your child progress.