Your Child’s Second Year

Your child is growing and changing rapidly during their second year of life! It may seem like just yesterday they were a tiny bundle of joy completely reliant on you for all their needs. But now your baby is growing up, and they’ll be excited to show you all the brand-new skills they learn as they get more and more independent.

It can be hard to keep track of all the different milestones they are hitting. That’s why we have put together this handy guide, outlining the developmental milestones your child should reach between their first and second birthdays. Plus, we’ll give you some tips on how you can help your child achieve their milestones.

And remember, every child is different. What comes easily to one child may take another child a little bit more practice, and that’s okay! If your child isn’t reaching their milestones by the ages listed below, they may just need a little more time and support. You can always talk to the caring pediatric therapists at More to Say, LLC if you have any concerns about your child’s development.

Your Child by 15 Months

After the exciting changes during your child’s first year, they’ll be ready to put their new skills to the test and learn even more about the world around them.

By fifteen months, your little one is on the move, eagerly exploring the world around them. As your 15-month-old becomes more mobile, they might start to:

Around fifteen months, babies often turn into little chatterboxes, trying to express their needs and curiosities. During this stage, listen closely, as your child may start to:

By fifteen months, your child’s brain is buzzing with activity as they try to understand the world around them. Your little one’s brain is rapidly developing, and they might now begin to:

Your child is developing a deeper sense of self and relationship with others. At 15 months, it’s a joy to observe as your toddler possibly starts to:

By fifteen months, mealtimes might be a mix of messy fun and new flavors for your child. At this stage, your child may:

Your Child by 18 Months

After the first year and a half of excitement, your child has a better understanding of how things around them work and will try to handle more things on their own.

By eighteen months, your child’s motor skills are blossoming, allowing them to interact with their environment in new and exciting ways. They may:

Around this age, the world of language expands significantly for your child, giving them more ways to express their thoughts and feelings. At this stage, your child may:

With their ever-growing curiosity, eighteen-month-olds are starting to approach problems with a newfound level of determination and ingenuity. As your child reaches this stage, they may:

Your eighteen-month-old is becoming more aware of their own emotions and those of others, leading to richer interactions and relationships. At this stage, you can expect your child to:

Mealtime is becoming a more intricate dance of flavors and techniques as your child gets more involved in the process of feeding themselves. They may:

Your Child by 21 Months

Your child is almost two, and they have come a long way since their first birthday! At this stage, your little one’s on the move, and their vocabulary and emotional intelligence is flourishing.

By 21 months, your little one’s motor skills are refining, and they’re becoming more agile and coordinated in their movements. By now, your little one might be showing some new physical abilities and be able to:

At this stage, your child’s vocabulary is blossoming, and their curiosity about the world is evident. They may start to:

Your 21-month-old’s brain is like a sponge, soaking up information and making connections about the world around them. Around this time, you’ll likely notice them start to:

Emotionally, your child is growing more complex, seeking both independence and reassurance from you. At this stage, your child is beginning to:

Mealtimes with your 21-month-old might be messy, but they’re also a time of growing independence and exploration. When it comes to mealtime, expect them to:

Your Child by 24 Months

By the age of two, your child has accomplished so much! It’s amazing how fast they grow and learn.

By 24 months, your little one is becoming more physically active and coordinated. They may surprise you with their newfound mobility and agility. At 24 months, many toddlers showcase impressive physical feats and:

As your child approaches 24 months, their vocabulary and communication skills are rapidly expanding, paving the way for more interactive conversations with you. Around this age, your child’s verbal skills are blossoming, and they might:

At 24 months, your child’s cognitive abilities are blossoming, allowing them to understand and explore their environment in more complex ways. As your child’s mind continues to develop, you’ll likely notice them:

Nearing the age of two, your child is becoming more socially aware and is developing deeper emotional connections with those around them. Emotionally and socially, your two-year-old may:

With two years under their belt, your child is becoming a more independent eater, ready to explore a diverse range of foods and flavors. In the realm of eating, expect them to:

How You Can Help Your Child Reach Their Two-Year Milestones

Guiding your two-year-old through the thrilling, sometimes challenging, developmental leaps is an incredibly rewarding task. At this age, they’re curious explorers, keen learners, and are building independence at every turn. To best foster their growth and confidence, consider these tips:

Remember, your child is growing and changing every day, and every child will have their own timeline for reaching their milestones. If you have any concerns about your child’s development, always consult the trusted pediatric specialists at More to Say, LLC.

Thank you for letting us be part of your child’s journey to growth and learning. Here’s to many more milestones in the years to come!

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