The period that follows after the first birthday plays an crucial role in the development of your child. The baby starts developing self-identity, exploring the surrounding environment and attempts to become independent. Your baby enters the toddler stage at 1 year lasting upto 3 years. Growth and development of toddler involves physical growth of body, expansion of reasoning and thought process and development of emotional and social skills of the child.
First three years of child development, i.e. 12 to 36 months are called as the formative years of childhood as the progress occurring during this period lays the foundation for future life.
Understanding toddler stages of growth and development aids in predicting the upcoming developments in child growth. Early detection increases the chances of correcting the developmental delays using appropriate measures.
A normal pattern of toddler development also indicates good nutrition and proper care of the child.
1. Physical growth of a toddler
2. Language development in early childhood is an important milestone in toddler growth.
3. Cognitive development in toddlers (understanding and reasoning):
By 2 years, the toddler tries to undress himself/herself and pays attention to picture stories.
4. A toddler is curious to learn and explore everything that is seen in her/his surrounding environment. He/she may get upset or angry during the learning process, which is a typical 18 month old behavior. An angry toddler also shows temper tantrums, screams, cries, or hold breaths.
5. Child social development stages include pointing to the object he/she needs by 15 months of age. An 18-month-old toddler learns to understand difficult situations and demands help to overcome them. The toddler understands that he/she needs to take turns while playing among kids. A 2-year-old child can express his/her food choice.
Growth stages vary to some extent among kids in the toddler age group. Slight variations to a certain extent, like delayed or previous to expected age developments are considered normal. However, delays crossing grace-limit of the developmental phase require medical attention. Maintaining a toddler development chart or toddler development checklist along with regular doctor visits is useful in detecting a delay or abnormality in the development of a toddler.
The child is prone to frequent injuries during the toddler stage while exploring the surrounding environment. Adequate care and safety of your child is important to avoid preventable accidents.
Disclaimer: The information in the article is not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your doctor.