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