Physical Developmental milestones 18-24 months : Social Development

Physical Developmental milestones 18-24 months

Between 18 and 24 months,your toddler is taking huge strides (literally and figuratively!),and becoming very independent. Here's what else you can expect in this six-month period.

Physical Milestones

Between 18-24 months,your toddler is likely to:

  • Kick a ball.
  • Squat while playing.
  • Walk backwards or sideways while pulling a toy.
  • Back into a chair to sit down.
  • Ride a small-wheeled toy
  • Carry a large toy while walking
  • Remove lids from containers.
  • Nest cups and boxes inside each other.
  • Take off shoes,hat,and socks.
  • String large beads with two hands.
  • Raise and drink from a cup,then put it back on the table.

Play and Activity

Your toddler loves to play. Spend lots of time outdoors in safe places,like a toddler playground. Try running and kicking balls and playing with toys that allow your toddler to push and pedal.

Here are some other ways to encourage your toddler's physical development:

  • Continue to breastfeed.
  • Look for child sized versions of adult things,such as furniture,a soccer ball,a plastic baseball and bat,or garden tools.
  • Play with your toddler by pretending to be an animal: "hop like a frog,fly like a bird,and jump like a rabbit."
  • Describe your toddler’s movements and actions as he does them. If your toddler climbs the stairs,say,"You’re climbing the stairs."
  • Play different kinds of music for your toddler to dance to,such as marches,rock 'n' roll,and waltzes.
  • Encourage your toddler to dress and undress on her own.
  • Only help when needed.
  • Provide lots of containers during bath time.
  • Offer activities that require sorting of shapes.
  • Offer items like finger paints,paints and easels,ride on toys,and push pull toys.

Other Physical Milestones

Between 18 and 24 months your toddler may also:

  • Walk on tiptoes.
  • Throw and retrieve objects.
  • Jump in place with both feet.
  • Catch a large ball.
  • Open doors by turning knobs.
  • Copy straight or circular strokes with a crayon.
  • Snip with child sized scissors.
  • Fold paper in half.

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