Healthy toddler brain development is measured by milestones in four areas:
By understanding the milestones that signal brain development, you’ll be able to track your toddler’s progress. Make sure he has stimulation and good nutrition, including brain-nourishing DHA, that can help him reach milestones.
◈ COGNITIVE (thinking) ◈ MOTOR (movement) ◈ COMMUNICATION ◈ SOCIAL
Your toddler’s developmental milestones
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Learn more about toddler’s month-by-month development enfamil.ca/toddlermilestones
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2-3 YEARS OLD
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COGNITIVE
Gets pleasure from silliness, such as the idea that a toy car might “moo” instead of “beep”
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Remembers what happened yesterday
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Acts out his own stories and applies logic to situations
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Loves to play pretend
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MOTOR
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Walks up stairs one foot at a time and balances on one foot
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May be able to walk backwards
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May dress himself or pedal a tricycle
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Likes to climb
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Scribbles or draws a circle or a vertical line
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COMMUNICATION
Uses longer sentences (3-4 words) to express what he is feeling and thinking
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May use as many as 900 words
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Can ask questions, understand sentences with two or more ideas and may know his first and last name
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SOCIAL
Is interested in friendships but has trouble sharing
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Mimics other children
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Has one or two good friendsname
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1-2 YEARS OLD
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COGNITIVE
Exercises his problem-solving abilities to find a hidden toy
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May do something over and over to find out how it works
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Stacks blocks or puts objects into a container
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MOTOR
Stands without support and takes his first steps
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May experiment with walking backwards or throwing a ball
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COMMUNICATION
Understands around 70 words by first birthday
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Understands concepts of up, down, off and hot
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SOCIAL
Enjoys imitating your actions, such as talking on the phone or stirring a pot
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May show empathy (for example patting your back when you’re upset)
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1-2 YEARS OLD
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Creating a stimulating environment for your toddler helps her brain develop important pathways and learn how to respond to the world.
Developmental milestones: how to stimulate them
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Playing with your child is a great way to encourage her cognitive development. Be patient and give her lots of positive reinforcement.
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1-2 YEARS OLD
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Encourage her motor development by letting her hang on to your fingers when necessary and providing lots of praise.
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Talking and responding to your child is one of the best things you can do to boost his communication skills and intelligence.
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2-3 YEARS OLD
Activities like drawing with chalk, playing with stuffed animals wearing clothing with fasteners, and stringing large beads help develop her motor milestones.
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Without hovering or directing play, offer guidance during group playtime such as “use your words” or “give your friend a turn” to build social development.
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