Developmental Milestones: 19-24 Months

Developmental Milestones: 19-24 Months

Monitor the various stages of child development between 19 months to 2 years.


As the baby grows, it learns to speak, walk, act, and play. Every month there are stages of human development the toddler undergoes. Here is a low-down on the developmental milestones checklist for toddlers between 19 and 24 months.


Normal developmental milestones for babies between 19 months to 2 years of age.



Most kids can perform these skills

Half the kids can perform these skills

A few kids can perform these skills

At 19 months

  • Can use a fork and spoon to eat
  • Runs around the place
  • Can throw a ball underarm
  • Loves to help around the house
  • Is able to understand as many as 200 words
  • Can recognise the difference between right and wrong (E.g. If you call an apple an orange)
  • Can point out objects when called out by name
  • Is able to clean own hands with help
  • Knows when he/she has to go to pee

At 20 months

  • Imitates things like throwing something in the garbage
  • Can perform pretend plays like talking on the phone
  • Can take off clothes on his/her own
  • Enjoys feeding dolls
  • Can learn more than 10 words in a day
  • Can walk up the stairs
  • Learns how to draw a straight line
  • Is able to name parts of the body correctly
  • May start exploring the genital region

At 21 months

  • Can go up the stairs comfortably
  • Is able to complete simple tasks like keeping a toy in a particular place
  • Sleeps more than 12 hours at night
  • Throws a ball overarm
  • Can kick a football
  • Enjoys making a stack of six blocks or more
  • Is able to walk up and down the stairs with ease
  • Can name pictures and photos from a book or album

At 22 months

  • Is able to follow 2 step request like “Get up and bring your toy here”
  • Is able to draw straight lines
  • Can kick a ball
  • Is able to name several parts of the body
  • Understands opposites of words
  • Wears loose fitting clothes
  • Capable of bladder control

At 23 months

  • Is able to name images in a book
  • Can use 50 to 70 words
  • Is able to mix with friends better and takes active interest in playing and mingling with other kids
  • Can open doors
  • Enjoys humming simple tunes
  • Learning how to ask ‘why’ to questions

At 24 months

  • Is able to name at least 6 parts of the body correctly
  • Is able to make 2-3 word sentences
  • Half of the speech can be properly understood
  • Loves to talk about self
  • Can arrange things by sorting into categories
  • Is able to walk down the stairs
  • Is now able to understand abstract things
  • Can jump
  • Is able to understand gender differences


Other normal developmental milestones in toddlers between 19 and 24 months


jigsaw puzzle for toddler development


Emotional development in children

  • Shows sign of independence
  • Needs constant attention
  • Too many temper tantrums as the child wants things immediately
  • Cannot share things with others
  • May act shy around strangers


Other stages of  infant development during this age group include the following:

  • Can hold a glass with one hand without dropping
  • Can differentiate between finger and cutlery foods
  • Echoes words used by someone else
  • Can bend over to pick up a toy without losing balance or falling
  • Can run fast but is unable to stop and turn around well
  • Begins to gain bladder control


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.


Also read: Developmental Milestones: 25-30 Months

Explore the entire collection of articles: Baby Growth And Development



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