Hi. Iím your 18 month to 3 year old child.
I am developing my own identity and becoming more independent everyday. I have my own way of doing things. I might do some things before other children and I may do some things after them. Be patient. I will get there in my own time.
The most important thing you can do is to be warm, loving and responsive to me. This will help my brain develop and shape the way I learn, think and behave for the rest of my life. I also need you to take care of yourself. If you feel unhappy or have negative feelings, please talk to family, friends or your doctor.
To help you know what to expect, here are some common milestones that most children reach between 18 months and 3 years old.
- says some 2-word sentences such as "more milk", "all gone", "me go"
- asks for a cookie or toy
- says "whatssat" a lot at about age 2
- understands "where is mommy / daddy?"
- understands simple directions "get your coat"
- understands more words than can speak / say
- combines words in 2-3 word sentences such as "me do it"
- follows simple directions e.g. "put the teddy-bear to bed"
- answers simple questions e.g. "what's your name?", "which one is the big doll?"
- can put a toy "in", "on", "under" when asked
- answers simple questions about objects e.g. "which one do we eat with?"
- does your child use more gestures than words?
- are you concerned about your child's ability to talk and / or understand?
- does your child show frustration when trying to talk?
- do you have difficulty understanding your child's speech?
- does your child put 2 words together?
The Supporting Best Practice section of the Early Childhood Australia website contains links to hundreds of fact sheets, articles and papers; and every resource has been quality assured by Early Childhood Australia.
If you have any questions concerning your childís healthy growth and development, please contact your community health nurse at your local health unit office.