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TODDLER (12-30 Months)



Developmental Milestones

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  • Ask your child’s doctor and/or child care teachers if your child is ready for toilet training. Most children are not successful at toilet training until 2 to 3 years old. If he is not ready, it can cause stress and setbacks, which can cause training to take longer.
  • Expect tantrums. They are normal at this age and should become shorter and happen less often as your child gets older. You can try distractions, but it’s ok to ignore the tantrum. Give him some time to calm down and move on.
  • Talk with your child by facing her and getting down to her eye level when possible. This helps your child “see” what you’re saying through your eyes and face, not just your words.
  • Start to teach your child the names for body parts by pointing them out and saying things like “Here’s your nose, here’s my nose,” while pointing to her nose and your own. 

Ideas for Learning and Growth

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  • Use positive words when your child is being a good helper. Let him help with simple chores, such as putting toys or laundry in a basket.


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  • Is there anything your toddler does or does not do that concerns you?
  • Has your toddler lost any skills he/she once had?
  • Does your toddler have any special healthcare needs or was he/she born prematurely?

If your toddler is not meeting one or more milestones, has lost skills he or she once had, or you have other concerns, act early. Talk with your toddler’s doctor, share your concerns, and ask about a developmental screening.

If you or the doctor are still concerned:

  • Ask for a referral to a specialist who can evaluate your toddler more.
  • If the evaluation still shows concerns call your state Early Intervention program to find out if your toddler can get services to help. Learn more and find the number at Missouri First Steps Program.

What's Next?

Download the Milestone Tracker app today!

Track your child’s milestones from age 2 months to 5 years with the CDC’s easy-to-use illustrated checklists; get tips from the CDC for encouraging your child’s development; and find out what to do if you are ever concerned about how your child is developing. Photos and videos in this app illustrate each milestone and make tracking them for your child easy and fun.


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