Developmental Milestones

2 years

Check the milestones your child has reached by their 2nd birthday.

Take this checklist with you and talk with your child's doctor at every visit about the milestones your child has reached and what to expect next.

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What most children do by this age:


Social and Emotional

Copies others, especially adults and older children Shows more and more independence Shows defiant behavior Plays mainly beside other children, but is beginning to include other children, such as in chase games

Language/ Communication

Points to things or pictures when they are named Knows names of familiar people and body parts Says sentences with 2 to 4 words Follows simple instructions Repeats words overheard in conversation Points to things in a book

Cognitive

(learning, thinking, problem-solving)

Movement/
Physical Development


Act early by talking to your child's doctor if your child:
If You're Concerned - Act Early

Tell your child's doctor or nurse if you notice any of these signs of possible developmental delay for this age, and talk with someone in your community who is familiar with services for young children in your area, such as Early Intervention/Help Me Grow.

For more information, Call 1-800-755-4769 (GROW) or submit the referral form online.


BOLD Beginning! milestone checklists are provided by the Center for Disease Control's "Learn the signs. Act early." campaign. Materials are not a substitute for standardized, validated developmental screening tools .