Toddler developmental milestones: 18-24 months

As your child approaches their second birthday, you’ll be amazed at how much they change and develop each day. Here are all the milestones you can expect them to reach by the time they turn two.

toddler milestones

Dust off your running shoes and take a few deep breaths because you’ll soon be racing around after a determined toddler who’s fast on their feet and quick to dissolve into a tantrum if things don’t go their way! But it’s also an awe-inspiring period where communication starts to feel like a two-way street and you’ll watch with wonder as your teetering toddler turns into a full-fledged child.

Here are the milestones you can expect your kiddo to reach by their second birthday. But keep in mind that each child develops at their own pace and it isn’t necessarily cause for concern if they haven’t hit all their milestones according to this schedule. Speak to your pediatrician if anything is worrying you.

 

Toddler Milestones

 

18 to 24 months

By the time your child turns two, they may be able to:

  • Run
  • Carry several toys while walking
  • Stand on tiptoe
  • Kick a ball
  • Throw a ball overhand
  • Climb onto and down from furniture without help
  • Walk up and down stairs with support (hand or bannister)
  • Eat with a spoon, cup and maybe a fork (with fewer spills than before)
  • Take off some of their clothes (shoes, socks, hat)
  • Build a tower of four or more blocks
  • Turn over a container to pour out the contents
  • Scribble spontaneously
  • Favor one hand over the other
  • Begin to sort shapes and colors
  • Find objects hidden under two or three covers
  • Play simple make-believe games
  • Count two or three objects
  • Follow instructions with two steps, such as “Pick up your toy and put it in the box”
  • Point to objects when they’re named
  • Recognize the names of familiar people and body parts
  • Name familiar objects in a picture book
  • Complete familiar rhymes and sentences in books
  • Say sentences with two to four words, such as “me do it” and “mommy hat”
  • Repeat words they hear
  • Say their own name
  • Copy the behavior of adults and older children
  • Start to be aware of themselves as separate from others
  • Enjoy the company of other children
  • Start to include other children in their games
  • Be increasingly independent
  • Show defiant behavior
  • Have temper tantrums
  • Begin to express their emotions with words like “sad”
  • Show affection by hugging you or kissing a teddy bear
  • Display empathy by showing concern for crying friends

Warning signs: Talk to your pediatrician if your child can’t walk steadily, doesn’t use two-word sentences, doesn’t copy words or actions, doesn’t follow simple instructions, doesn’t know what to do with common objects such as a spoon or a phone, doesn’t show their feelings, or seems to have trouble seeing or hearing things.

Activities to stimulate your toddler’s development from 18 to 24 months

 

Ready, set, go! Your child is more active and interactive than ever. Here are some fun activities that can boost their development at this age:

  • Talk: As you go about your day, name objects and describe your actions to help develop your toddler’s language skills. Listen to them when they speak to show that you value their input and respond appropriately to encourage communication skills.
  • Play: Young children learn the most through play, so set aside some time to play with them each day while also encouraging them to play independently. Play dates are a wonderful way for your child to learn social skills at this age.
  • Read: Nurture your little one’s imagination and language skills by reading books and making up stories. Your child may increasingly enjoy reading on their own as well.
  • Encourage big-kid skills: It might seem easier to do everything for your child but letting them try to get dressed on their own or help you “cook dinner” will support their development and foster independence.
  • Encourage movement and exploring new things: Give your child plenty of time to run outside and play at the park to encourage their physical development. Let them explore new areas and objects while remaining nearby to help them feel safe.

 

 

MUST-HAVE PRODUCTS FOR 18 – 24 MONTH OLDS

 

Looking for products that are going to help your toddler reach the above mentioned milestones? We’ve got you!

At The Tot, we never use or recommend anything that hasn’t passed The Tot Test. This means we’ve looked deep into third-party testing, examined ingredients lists and asked in-depth questions about a product’s composition to ensure it’s free of the ingredients we avoid.

When it comes to baby toys, we like to steer clear of chemicals such as:

  • BPA + BPS
  • Harmful Phthalates
  • PVC
  • Lead & other heavy metals
  • Formaldehyde
  • PFAS chemicals
  • Flame retardants
  • Pesticides and herbicides

Click here to view the full list of ingredients we avoid and why.

 

All Tot Tested and approved, below are our following product picks for the below items!

  • Developmental activities & toy sets
  • Gross motor activity set
  • Slide
  • Trike/balance bike
  • Stacker
  • Blocks
  • Baby doll
  • Play kitchen
  • Books
  • Flash cards
  • Non-toxic play dough
  • Markers
  • Xylophone
  • Feeding set

 

The Tot Play & Learn Set 18 – 24 Months

 

Created by an early learning educator to help toddlers reach important developmental milestones, The Tot Play & Learn Sets include a detailed booklet of teacher recommended activities as well six non-toxic toys that can be played with in a variety of ways.

The 18 – 24 month set includes:

  • Sturdy board book
  • Wooden shapes puzzle
  • Visual sensory toy
  • Stacking cups
  • Wooden egg shakers
  • Water toy
  • Booklet of activities and advice

The Tot Play & Learn Set 18-24 months

 

The Tot Play & Learn Set 18 – 24 Months

 

$120

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Lily & River Little Steps

 

Lily & River Little Steps

 

Lily & River Little Steps are a fun way to help your tot hone their balancing skills, coordination, color recognition and ability to follow simple instructions.

 

Lily & River Little Steps

 

Lily & River Little Steps

 

$99.95

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Jupiduu Slide

 

The Jupiduu Slide can be used inside and out (on dry days) for climbing, sliding, launching and more!

Jupiduu Slide

 

Jupiduu Slide

 

Ranging from $299.90 to $349.90

Available in more colors

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Wishbone 3-in-1 Bike

Wishbone diagram

Ride-ons are one of the most important toys a child can play with. Beneficial for both cognitive and physical development, we love the Wishbone 3-in-1 bike because it offers three configurations that grow with your child.

 

Wishbone 3-in-1 Bike

 

Wishbone 3-in-1 Bike

 

Ranging from $249.99 to $269.99

Available in more colors

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Raduga Grez Pastel Earth Stacking Tower

 

Made of sustainably sourced solid lime wood and non-toxic water-based paints, the Raduga Grez Stacking Tower is a new take on a classic toy that has stuck around for a reason! Great for honing hand-eye coordination, teaching counting and the concept of size, this option also doubles as decor!

Raduga Grez Pastel Natural Stacking Tower

Raduga Grez Pastel Earth Stacking Tower

 

$45

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Modern Blocks Numbers Counting Set

 

Block play is wonderful for encouraging kids to stack, count, and problem solve all while building their confidence. Made of untreated white birch wood and hand painted with non-toxic, organic paint, the Modern Blocks Numbers Counting Set uses high contrast illustrations to add numbers and shapes into the mix!

 

Modern Blocks Counting Numbers Set

 

Modern Blocks Numbers Counting Set

 

$65

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Apple Park GOTS Certified Organic Baby Doll

 

Apple Park’s snuggly range of GOTS Certified Organic Baby Dolls are a friendly and fun way to teach your tot about both self-care and empathy. They also encourage imaginative play!

 

Apple Park Baby Boy Doll

 

Apple Park GOTS Certified Organic Baby Doll

 

$37

Available in more colors

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Milton & Goose Essential Play Kitchen w/ Hood

 

The Milton & Goose Essential Play Kitchen is great for expanding vocabularies, encouraging role play and establishing healthy eating habits along. Fun to play with independently or socially, this made in the USA brand also offers a wide range of adorable play food sets!

 

Milton & Goose Play Kitchen and Hood

Milton & Goose Essential Play Kitchen w/ Hood

 

$798

Available in more colors and configurations

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Wee Gallery Color Changing Bath Book

 

Wee Gallery Color Changing Bath Books

 

The Wee Gallery Color Changing Bath Book offers sensory and fine motor fun both in and out of the bath!

Wee Gallery Color Changing Bath Books Ocean

 

Wee Gallery Color Changing Bath Book

 

$12.95

Available in more themes

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Alpha Baby Designs Alphabet of Animals Uppercase Flash Cards

 

Alpha Baby Designs Alphabet of Animals Flash Cards

 

Learning the alphabet while expanding vocabulary is fun and easy with this Alpha Baby Designs flash card set.

Alpha Baby Designs Alphabet of Animals Flash Cards

 

Alpha Baby Designs Alphabet of Animals Uppercase Flash Cards

 

$24.50

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Dough Parlour Collector Set

 

The Dough Parlour Collector Set takes play dough fun a step further by adding the element of scent! All aromatic (and non-toxic!), your tot will love engaging in sensory play while creating their next masterpiece!

Dough Parlour Collectors Set

Dough Parlour Collector Set

 

$80

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OMY Double Tip Ultra Washable Felt Markers

 

Omf ultra washable felt pens

 

Scribbling just got more exciting (and less messy) thanks to OMY’s Ultra Washable Double Tip Felt Pens!

 

Omy ultra washable felt pens

 

OMY Ultra Washable Felt Pens

 

$16

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Petit Collage Wooden Xylophone

 

Musical play is key to your tot’s development, which is why we love this cute xylophone from Petit Collage.

Petit Collage Wooden Elephant Xylophone

 

Petit Collage Wooden Xylophone

 

$24

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The Tot Feeding Sets

 

Created by a childhood nutritionist, The Tot Feeding Sets include a booklet of nutrition advice, feeding tips and recipes as well as a selection of our favorite non-toxic feeding products to promote independent feeding.

 

The Tot Feeding Sets: Mastering Mealtimes (18m +)

 

The Tot Feeding Sets: Mastering Mealtimes (18m +)

 

$119

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Continue exploring

 

  • Navigating the second year of your tot’s life may be one of your biggest challenges as a parent. Here are some tips on how to get through what’s sometimes referred to as the “terrible twos”.
  • Dreading leaving your toddler with the babysitter or at daycare and want to prepare him? See our tips on how to help your toddler’s separation anxiety.