As your child continues to grow, so does their skill set and ability to interact with the world around them. Each day can feel like an accomplishment in the life of a toddler, since they are learning new things and expressing themselves in different ways at a rapid pace. With so much change constantly churning through their world, it's east for parents to miss a few milestones. Although there are just a handful, there are barely noticeable skills your toddler will reach by 2 years that you can be on the look out for to clue you in to their development.
According to the website for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are four categories that relate to the development of a 2-year-old: social and emotional, language, cognitive, and physical. Most of the skills your child develops within these areas will be very noticeable to you as you watch them grow and acquire the ability to do new things. However, there are some subtle accomplishments that — although they don't stand out — tell you that your little one is on track with 2 year milestones. When assessing your toddler's development, stay alter for these barely noticeable readiness signs that might go unnoticed, otherwise.
1. They Stand On Their Tiptoes
Unless you've been training your little to take up ballet, you may not consider this act a milestone. However, being able to stand on tiptoe is a psychical movement skill for 2 year olds, according to the website for the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
2. They Follow Instructions
This one can easily slip under the radar if you're not actively checking to see where your little's skills are at. When playing and interacting with your child, check to see if she's able to follow some simple directions. By the age of 2, children should be able to follow two-step instructions, such as "pick up the ball and roll it to me," as Kids Health, from Nemours explained.
3. They Point To Named Objects
This skill is one that kids may very subtly show, but it's a good indicator of their development. As Baby Center pointed out, kids around 2 years old should be able identify a named object by pointing to it. You can easily test this out to make sure your toddler is on track.
4. They Stack Blocks
By age 2, kids are still a little wobbly and learning how their body works, but there are some signs that their motor skills are right where they should be at this point. According to What To Expect, you should look for the ability to coordinate movements (like stacking blocks) to make sure your child is on the right track for his age.
5. They Repeat Tasks
It may seem like this behavior is just monotonous work, but sometimes toddlers know themselves better than we give them credit for. As the website for PBS explained, children repeat an activity many times in order to master it. Watching them play the same game over and over might seem boring to you, but their little mind is working hard to get the hang of something new.