Q: What developmental milestones can be expected in the children?
Skills such as taking a first step, smiling for the first time, and waving "bye" are called developmental milestones. Children reach milestones in how they play, learn, speak, behave, move crawling, walking, etc. It's amazing watching your toddler develop and grow into a little person. To help you keep track of his development, we've devised these handy, at-a-glance charts. But do remember that they only provide a rough guide - your toddler is an individual after all, and will develop at his own pace.
Toddlers' physical developmental milestones
Throwing and kicking a ball (12 months)
Soon after her first birthday, your child will show interest in ball play -- first by throwing, then by kicking at age 2 (catching comes around age 3 to 4). To help her along:
Pushing and pulling (12 to 18 months)
Once your child's a confident walker, he'll discover the joy of dragging or pushing toys along. And all the while he'll improve his coordination, since he'll be walking forward while occasionally looking back.
So offer him some pull or push toys to play with, or make your own by attaching a string to a toy car.
Squatting (12 to 18 months)
Up to now, your baby has had to bend down to pick things up off the ground. But soon, she'll attempt to squat instead. To help her along:
When she starts to stoop over for an object, show her how to bend her knees to squat.
Let her practice. Line up a few small toys on the floor and have a "treasure hunt," where she has to go from one item to the next and pick them up - a perfect activity for cleanup time!
Climbing (12 to 24 months)
Toddlers climb up on the kitchen table (or your desk or the bed) for the obvious reason: Because it's there. Kids this age are trying to find a balance between risk and challenge. Of course, you know that the challenge of climbing up the bookcase isn't worth the risk, but the average toddler's ability to...