Your toddler has come a long way from that cute unsteady stand. He now walks well. Runs well. He has good balance to stand on tip toe. Your toddler can kick a ball firmly. He has good grip and regularly climbs on to and off furniture. Stairs are now a piece of cake. He goes up and down holding on to the railing. He has mastered hand movements to the level where he can throw a small ball overhand. Your toddlers’ fine motor skills are good enough to draw lines and circles. He may now have hand preference.
Your toddler is a mimic. He copies everything adults around him do. He is active and excited around other children. He asserts his independence more and more. He tries to do things he has been warned against. He plays around other kids and sometimes includes them in his games, But he is still reluctant to share his toys with other children. Make believe play is common now.
Your toddlers’ language is now developing fast. He mimics and repeats words he hears in adult conversations. So be careful about what you say around him. He can point at objects when asked. He can name a few parts of his body and he knows the names of a few familiar adults around him. His sentences now contain 2-4 words. He can follow instructions with two steps. For example he can follow “pick up that book and come here”. He can differentiate major shapes and colors.
Falls, infections and allergies are common now. Your toddler will catch other germs while he plays with other kids.
Delayed achievement of milestones should alert you to go see your doctor.
Refer to the child weight chart provided by the ministry of health before deciding whether your child is having the weight/height to match it’s age.