Still, this newfound ability can lead to tantrums when your child doesn’t get his way. As frustrating as they can be, tantrums are a normal part of a young child’s development. Help prevent angry outbursts by distracting your little one with an interesting toy or game, and stay calm when they occur.


Doctors rely on certain developmental milestones to see if a young child is developing as expected. There is great variability in what is considered normal, with some children acquiring skills earlier and others later. Young children who were born prematurely reach developmental milestones later. Always talk with your child’s doctor about your little one’s development.


Here are some of the things your child may be doing:

Communication and language skills

  • indicates what you want by pulling it, pointing it, grumbling or puffing
  • says three to five words (other than “mom” and “dad”) and uses them correctly
  • knows how to point to parts of the body when asked (“Where is your nose?”)

Movement and physical development

  • climbs steps without help
  • begins to agree to drink liquids in spilled or regular cups
  • stack three blocks
  • scribbles with crayons on paper

Social and emotional development

  • begins to show preferences for certain activities (and can skip the nap if he is enjoying an activity that he likes to do)
  • uses transitional objects (such as a sheet or stuffed animal) to calm down
  • there are things that they dislike a lot, such as loud noises and bath time
  • shows affection for their caregivers with hugs and kisses

Cognitive skills (thinking and learning)

  • understands and follows simple commands
  • mimics activities, such as sweeping the floor

begins to engage in problem-solving activities, such as simple puzzles


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