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Developmental milestones record - 2 years

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The developmental milestones record - 2 years refers to the skills and physiologic growth markers regarded as having relevance for 2 year-old children.


Physical and motor:

  • Should have the first 16 teeth (can be a wide discrepancy)
  • The height is roughly half the total height the child will attain as an adult
  • May be psychologically ready for toilet training
  • Can run with better coordination, while the stance may remain wide
  • Can kick ball without loosing balance
  • Can pick up objects while standing without losing balance
  • Can build a tower of 6 to 7 cubes
  • Can browse through a book one page at a time
  • Able to turn a door knob

Sensory and cognitive:

  • Vision fully developed
  • Vocabulary has increased to about 300 words
  • Can organize phrases of 2 to 3 words
  • Able to communicate needs such as thirst , hunger , need to use the restroom
  • Increased attention span
  • Able to clothe self in simple apparel (frequently more adept at removing clothes than putting them on)


  • Encourage and provide the necessary space for physical activity
  • Provide safe replicas of adult tools and equipment
  • Allow the child to help around the house and participate in the daily responsibilities of the family
  • Encourage play that involves building and creativity
  • Control the type and quantity of television viewing (less than 2 hours per day is recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics)
  • Control the type and quantity of games played

Update Date: 5/9/2002

Elizabeth Hait, M.D., Department of Pediatrics, Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network.

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