The child enters the toddler stage after the first year of infancy. Various developments that had occurred up to the first year progress further during this stage. In addition, many new developmental changes occur that promote growth of a toddler.
Increase in muscle strength helps in further progression and development of motor skills in a toddler. Timely toddler developmental milestones also mean a normally functioning central nervous system and brain.
Motor skills for toddlers include sitting and standing unsupported, walking, jumping, running; movements of arms, neck, etc.
Physical activities require efficient coordination of movements in big joints like knees, elbows, hip and shoulder which are controlled by brain and the central nervous system.
Various physical developments appear in stages with the growing age of a toddler as follows:
By the end of 15 months, your toddler can bend and squat to pick up things from the ground.
Occasionally, there may be an abnormality in toddler developmental milestones requiring medical consultation. Abnormalities commonly seen are:
In comparison to a child born full term, toddler milestones are different in a premature infant. Motor development such as sitting, walking, standing, etc. is delayed in a preemie. A premature child may show delay in several child development stages.
If your toddler is consistently delayed on a lot of milestones, then talk to your paediatrician about it.
Also read: Developmental Delays In Toddlers
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