A Developmental Checklist Describes What Most Children Should Be Doing At Different Ages

In preparation for your toddler's next checkup, here are some questions to help you evaluate what your child is already doing, and what concerns or questions you want to discuss with your child's nurse or doctor. This developmental checklist describes what most children are doing at the various different ages.
By 15 months old:
  • Does your baby point or ask for things she wants?
  • Does your baby help with dressing by putting his arm in the sleeve of a shirt?
  • Does your baby say any words besides "Mama" or "Dada"?
  • Does your baby point to familiar objects when you name them?
  • Does your baby scribble on paper using crayons or pencils?
  • Does your baby walk by herself?

    By 18 months old:

  • Does your child drink from a cup and use a spoon?
  • Does your child say words to tell you what he wants?
  • Does your child like to put things in and take things out of containers?
  • Does your child like to look at books and turn pages by herself?

    By 24 months old:
  • Does your child imitate housework?
  • Does your child kick a large ball?
  • Does your child ask for items by name
  • Does your child recognize familiar pictures-knows if it's upside down?

    By 30 months (2-1/2 years old):

  • Does your child turn the pages of a book, one at a time?
  • Does your child wash and dry her hands?
  • Has your child begun to ask to go to the bathroom?
  • Does your child sometimes use 3 word sentences (like "I want cookie")?
  • Does your child use pronouns like "I", "you", and "me"?
  • Can your child jump from a bottom step?

    By 36 months old (3 years old):

  • Does your child walk up stairs?
  • Does your child stand momentarily on one foot?
  • Does your child ride a tricycle?
  • Does your child feed himself?
  • Does your child verbalize toilet needs?

    Remember -- every child is different. This checklist is intended only as a guideline. If you have questions or concerns about your toddler's development, however, don't hesitate to tak to his or her caregiver.PregnancyAndBaby.com

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