Updated: 06/16/2016 3:56 PM | Print Story |  Email

Toddler Milestones

If you've got a toddler toddling around the house or you see one at Target and think to yourself, “Boy, that was a time in my life where sleep wasn't an option”, you know a 1 and 2 year old can be exhausting.  But all of that movement is normal and it's something doctors actually want to see. Dr. Ryan Dick from Entira Family Clinics stopped by with information on what milestones toddlers should be making.

  1. Are they growing physically?
    + Most kids grow about 4 lbs. and 3 inches from year 1 to year 2
    + More importantly, doctors make sure that the child is being somewhat consistent with their growth curve
  1. Thinking and learning?
    + A toddler begins to recall past events, understand symbols, imitate, imagine, and pretend
    + It's important to know that similar to adults, all children have strengths and also things that they are less interested in
  1. Growing socially & emotionally?
    + They should begin to have their own opinions
    + Autism Spectrum Screenings are done from year 1 to year 2 in the case that your child needs extra support
    + There are many screening tests, one of the most common is the M-CHAT {parent-report screening tool to assess risk for autism spectrum disorder}
  1. Milestones
    **@ 1 year**
    + pulls to stand and walks holding on to furniture, starts to stand alone.
    + shakes head no, waves bye-bye; uses mama/dada, starts to practice other words
    + shows affection for specific people, shy around strangers, plays peek-a-boo
    + explores objects with banging, shaking, tasting

    **@ 2 years**
    + kicks a ball forward; starts to throw overhand, walks up and down stairs, runs
    + uses 2 words together, points to objects, names familiar objects, understands directions
    + gets excited when with other children, imitates others, more independent
    + more tantrums
    + plays simple pretend or make-believe games.

 

Helpful Milestone Websites:

www.Healthychildren.org
www.Helpmegrowmn.org
www.Familydoctor.org