Milestones from One to Three
Every child grows and develops in steps, going from one milestone to the next. Here’s a quick look at milestones for ages one, two and three.
By age one, most children:
- Interact with their parent or caregiver.
- Are curious about objects in their surroundings and will try to figure out how they work.
- Begin to understand that people and things still exist even when they are not in sight.
- Say at least three words, and can identify parents with words like mama and dada.
- Grasp objects with their hands, usually with the thumb and index in a “pincer grasp”.
- Recognize their own names.
- Walk or cruise (walking while holding on to furniture).
By age two, most children:
- Develop their language rapidly. They should be able to speak a hundred or so words.
- Will get excited about playing around other children.
- Play follow the leader and take part in pretend play.
- Enjoy and learn simple songs.
- Move more: walk up stairs, kick a ball and have fun with basic tumbling.
By age three, most children:
- Can follow two or three step instructions.
- Know their name, age and gender.
- Speak at least 200 words.
- Begin developing friendships with other children.
- Start having interest in potty training (or have finished potty training).
- Climb, jump, pedal a tricycle and run.
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