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DEVELOPMENTAL STAGES OF A TODDLER
(19 - 24 months)

Top Tips 19-24 Months
During this period your Infant may:

Physical Development

  • Attempt to run but may still fall when stopping.
  • Manage little black bikes – using both legs to move forward.
  • Walk up steps two feet on a step.
  • Jump up and down with 2 foot take off and land.
  • Climb onto and jump off of low benches or chairs.
  • Start to thread beads or similar with supervision.
  • Throw balls and other items.
  • Turn pages of board books.
  • Squat and rise without falling over.
  • Build a 6-cube tower or a train with blocks.
  • Start to display a dominant side.

Language and Communication

  • Use short phrases.
  • Speak a minimum of 50 recognizable words.
  • Point to and names familiar objects when requested to do so.
  • Start to put three words together.
  • Attempt to imitate a vertical line.
  • Recognize several animals and make the necessary sounds.

Emotional and Social Development

  • Handle her own spoon and cup.
  • Indicate dirty nappy.
  • Enjoy pretend play.
  • Attempt to dress and undress herself but cannot fasten buttons.
  • Be dry most nights.
  • Like to be with other children but not very happy to share toys.
  • Play alone for longer periods of time, provided that the toy is age appropriate and interesting.
  • Enjoy helping to pack toys away.
  • Be very proud of praises and accomplishments.

Warning Signs

  • No spontaneous vocalization.
  • Mouthing objects.
  • Displays a tremor
  • Very uncoordinated and often clumsy.
  • Unable to understand and respond to simple requests.
  • Does not show any emotion.
  • Cannot respond with “yes” or “no”
  • Cannot reply to simple requests.
  • Cannot recognize herself in the mirror.
  • Does not respond to her own name.

If, at the end of this period, your child displays any of the above warning signs, please consult a professional for a full assessment.

Please note that these are very generalized concerns. Toptots will not be held responsible for any warning signs not being mentioned here. This list is by no means complete. If you have any concerns whatsoever, it is best that you discuss them with your medical practitioner.

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