You may have heard the saying “the first years last forever”.  This means that the experiences your toddler has in the early months and years of life affect his or her health, well-being and coping skills for the rest of her life.  During the toddler years, your child will go through a time of rapid change in all areas of development.  Learning about child development can guide your parenting.

Listed below are some things that children do by a certain age.  Remember, no two children develop, grow or learn in the same way, or do things at the same pace.  If you are concerned about your child’s growth, development or learning, we encourage you to contact your doctor, a public health nurse or the BC Nurses Help Line (811).

1 to 2 ½ Years Old

1 Year Old

  • Waves “bye-bye”
  • Shows affection
  • Says a few words besides “Mama” and “Dada”
  • Walks with one hand held
  • Looks at your face when talking to you
  • Points to body parts and pictures
  • Enjoys books
  • Shows emotions such has happiness, sadness, discomfort and anger
  • Is interested in other children
  • Feeds herself with a spoon, fingers or cup
  • Wants caregivers to be where he can see them

18 Months Old

  • Follows simple directions
  • Tries putting on her own shoes
  • Asks for what he wants
  • Points to familiar things when named
  • Walks without help
  • Says at least 10 to 20 words
  • Shows emotions such as fear, sympathy, guilt or embarrassment
  • Brings objects to show you
  • Imitates your behaviour

2 Years old

  • Jumps, runs and climbs stairs
  • Uses 2 word sentences
  • Asks questions
  • Often does the opposite of what’s asked
  • Refers to himself or his own name
  • Learns about rules but may not remember them
  • Tries new things and explores new places but wants to know that you are nearby
  • Shows affection by returning a hug or kiss
  • Pretends in play
Click  Stages of Development Links  for more information on child development and other valuable parenting information.