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Milestones for 2-Year-Olds - Topic Overview

Language development

Most children by age 2:

  • Use at least 50 words.
  • Put two words together, such as "no bottle."
  • Name some body parts and familiar objects, such as "toy" or "cat."
  • Speak with a mix of made-up words and understandable words.
  • Repeat words they overhear, such as from adult conversations.

Sensory and motor development

Most children by age 2:

  • See and hear well.
  • Are rapidly developing motor skills. Around the second birthday, children can usually go up and down stairs one step at a time, kick a ball, and are starting to run. Most children can also stand on their tiptoes. You may see your child carrying toys, sometimes large toys, around the house. Pull-toys are also a favorite around this age.
  • Scribble and draw simple strokes with a crayon. They can also pour out toys or other objects from a container and build a tower with 4 or more blocks. You may notice your child using one hand more than the other.

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Last Updated: February 22, 2013
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