Vocabulary milestone

By 16 months, your toddler will probably start making many common consonant sounds, such as t, d, n, w, and h. Learning to make these sounds is a watershed event, one that leads to the rapid vocabulary spurt that most children go through starting around 18 months.

Growth expectency

After the explosive growth of infancy, the toddler and preschooler grows about 2 to 3 inches and gains about 4 to 5 pounds each year.

Food jag

Most children undergo a normal part of development know as a food jag. Food jags occur when children either refuse to eat a previously accepted food, or when they insist on eating one particular food all the time.

Milestones:Speaking

A nine-month-old child is typically developing if he can speak even one word. With the benefit of proper scaffolding, he’ll know fifty to one hundred words within just a few months. By two, he will speak around 320 words; a couple months later – over 570.

Preschooler can do

While 3- and 4-year-olds still need plenty of parental help, our preschool experts agree that kids are typically able to do more than many of us think.

Baby Development

In the tenth month, most babies stand holding on something, walk with the support and pull up to standing position from sitting. They can wave goodbyes, crawl well and thumb and finger pincer grasp to pick up things.

When tots see the world

At 12 to 18 months of age, toddlers begin to become interested in the world around them. As they continue to grow, they learn to socialize by trial and error.

Personality traits

As your child grows, he or she will display certain personality traits. Some of these are learned, others genetic. Respect your child’s developing individuality, don’t expect her to be just like you.

Determining when your tot is ready for a big bed

Most baby experts agree that a toddler will be ready to move from a cot to a "big girl" bed between the ages of 2 and 3 years old. Physically, it’s recommended that your toddler has reached a height of three feet (90 cm) tall.

Weight milestones

During the first year of life, your baby will grow and develop at an amazing speed. Her weight will double by 5 to 6 months, and triple by her first birthday.

Speech and development

Kids acquire speech, like all the other developmental skills, at their own pace. Most children who talk late eventually catch up.

When todders learn to jump

Between 2-3 years, toddlers learn how to jump off low structures, and eventually how to jump from a standing position. Both of these skills require bilateral coordination, or the ability to use both sides of your body to do something different.

Concentration and attention span

At 2 1/2 concentration and attention span is growing, although it is still fairly short. This means your child can easily become absorbed in the activity at hand and not remember simple things, like forgetting to take a potty break.

When tots talk

Because there is such a wide range of normal ages for beginning to talk, it’s actually more useful to pay attention to how well your baby understands what you say to him. By 14-15 months, most toddlers will follow at least one verbal command, without any visual cues.

Vocabulary milestones

At his 1st birthday, your child will likely use 1-5 words meaningfully. By 14 mos, that working vocabulary may grow to 7 real words, though he may have 20 words.

Growth and diet in child’s second year

Growth slows down in a child’s second year. This means toddlers often have smaller appetites and need less food.

Toddlers and balance

Toddlers learn by playing and they learn a lot between ages 1 and 3. At 1, a child may be working on a wobbly walk and just starting to use words. But by 3, most can balance briefly on one foot and speak in short sentences.

19-24 milestones

At 19-24 months, toddlers can use a spoon, dress themselves with help and use partially understandable speech. They may begin to understand abstract concepts such as “sooner” and “later”.

The history of height/weight tables

Height / weight tables for newborns to 2 year olds used by doctors were developed from a single community of Ohio Caucasian, bottle fed babies between 1929 and 1975 who came from families of similar socioeconomic backgrounds.

Baby development

Babies do not develop at the same rate. There is a wide range of what is considered “normal”. Your baby may be ahead in some areas and slightly behind in others.