The maximum time I wait for walking as a physician is 24 months. By 24 months if they are not able to walk steadily or stand that means that there is a problem that maybe the child is having a genetic muscular problem which is not showing that I really need to investigate.
– Dr Afra Jamal Ahli, Specialist in Family Medicine and Fellow in Maternal and Child Health at Dubai Health Authority
Social and emotional development milestones for a two-year-old
1. Excited to play with other children
2. Showing more independence
3. Displaying defiant behaviour
4. Copies others (adults and older children)
Language and communication milestones for a two-year-old
1. Saying 2- to 4-word sentences
She says, “By 18 months, children should be able to say ‘no mama’ or baba. If they want to say I want water, but they wouldn’t say ‘I want water’ – they would say, ‘I water’.”
2. Following simple instructions
3. Repeating overheard words
4. Knows names of familiar people, body parts and things
Cognitive milestones for a two-year-old
1. Finding hidden things
2. Sorting colours and shapes
3. Building a tower of at least four blocks
4. Following two-step instructions
5. Completes rhymes and sentences in familiar books
If a household favourite, at two years, your little one should be able to answer in glee.
6. Names items in a picture book
7. Plays simple make-believe games
Physical development milestones for a two-year-old
1. Standing on tiptoe
2. Kicking a ball
3. Running and climbing up and down stairs
4. Climbing up and down from furniture
5. Throws ball overhead
6. Copies or makes straight lines and circles
The maximum period to wait for walking
What are some ways for a parent to best support development at this age?
Dr Afra says that trying to find specific time to spend with your child – playing in the park, visiting other people’s places, playing with other children, giving your child instructions and checking to see whether they understand or not are all important.
She adds, “Reading a book is very important as well – they do understand, they like to see photos, because they can understand actions through the pictures they see.”
– The writer is an intern with Gulf News.