Amazing changes happen between the first and second years of childhood as your baby’s nerves and muscles learn to work together and motor skills start to take off! When babies become toddlers, they meet all kinds of developmental milestones as they gain balance, confidence and independence. As their brains develop, so does their coordination and motor control.
Sometime between 12 and 24 months, your baby will progress from standing all by herself to learning to walk and she may even start to run!
At this age, your child will also begin to explore by climbing and will surprise herself when she learns to throw and kick a ball! Of course, there won’t be much force or accuracy yet — that will come later! Ride-on toys become a whole lot more fun as little ones learn to scoot with their feet and make them go!
The tiny muscles in your baby’s hands start to really gain strength and control during this phase too. She will want to scribble with a crayon and will begin feeding herself with their fingers and holding a spoon. She may even be able to pick up a small object without raking it off of the table. You will notice that as you read to your 1 to 2-year-old, she will start to reach for the pages and want to turn them on her own.
All babies develop at their own pace and these skills are just a general representation of the “norm”. Above, you’ll find a list of some of the skills you can expect to see emerge between 1 and 2 years of age.
And stay tuned because for the next few days, we will be sharing activities for 1 to 2-year-olds designed to facilitate the skills that will contribute to strong, healthy development in your child.
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