Developmental milestones for 24 month old children



By the time your baby is 24 months old, he or she should be showing more independence and saying basic sentences.

Jade Elliott spoke with Carrie Martinez, Utah Department of Health, to discuss the important milestones your child should reach by 24 months old and tools to help parents on this episode of the Baby Your Baby Podcast.

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Social and Emotional

  • Copies others, especially adults and older children
  • Gets excited when with other children
  • Shows more and more independence
  •  Shows defiant behavior (doing what he has been told not to)
  • Plays mainly beside other children, but is beginning to include other children, such as in chase games

Language/Communication

  • Points to things or pictures when they are named
  • Knows names of familiar people and body parts
  • Says sentences with 2 to 4 words
  • Follows simple instructions
  •  Repeats words overheard in conversation
  • Points to things in a book

Cognitive (learning, thinking, problem-solving)

  •  Finds things even when hidden under two or three covers
  • Begins to sort shapes and colors
  •  Completes sentences and rhymes in familiar books
  • Plays simple make-believe games
  •  Builds towers of 4 or more blocks
  • Might use one hand more than the other
  • Follows a two-step instruction such as “Pick up your shoes and put them in the closet.”
  •  Names items in a picture book such as a cat, bird, or dog

Movement/Physical Development

  •  Stands on tiptoe
  • Kicks a ball
  • Begins to run
  • Climbs onto and down from furniture without help
  • Walks up and down stairs holding on
  • Throws ball overhand
  • Makes or copies straight lines and circle

What do you do if your baby is not meeting these milestones?

Video examples 24 months:

Can parents get their baby on back on track on their own, or is this something they need a professional for?

Most of the time, children get the developmental skills they need when they are given opportunities to practice. Parents play a huge role in their child’s development, and often can help their child right away. For example, if your child’s screening showed a delay in language, you help your child right away, just by practicing this area of development.

However, sometimes your child may need professional intervention. In these situations, it’s best to work with your healthcare or childcare provider to get resources or referrals to professional agencies who are trained to help your child reach their developmental milestone needs.

The Baby Your Baby program provides many resources for all pregnant women and new moms in Utah. There is also expert advice from the Utah Department of Health and Intermountain Healthcare that air each week on KUTV 2News.


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