• Baby Milestone Markers: 23rd Month

    Learn more about your 22-23-month-old child's development milestones!
  • Physical Development
    • Likes to undress himself (if his clothes and shoes do not have complicated fastenings) then to put some of his clothes back on as a game. Likes playing dress up.
    • Walks up and down stairs without help, can jump in place.
    • Can bend from the waist, instead of squatting down, to pick something up from the floor.
    • Tries to tiptoe.
    • Can complete a jigsaw puzzle with three to six pieces.
    • Able to draw circles aside from horizontal and vertical lines.

    Cognitive and Mental Development
    • Vocabulary will grow fast this month.
    • Can answer simple questions such as “What is your name?” and “What does the dog say?”
    • Can follow simple two-step commands, for example, “Sit down and drink your juice.”
    • Can distinguish opposites when shown pictures, for instance, of a big dog and a small dog (will point to you which is which when you ask).
    • Memory improves so he remembers, for example, that he left his toy robot in the car even after several hours have passed.
    • Can associate things he has seen in real life with ones he sees in a book or on TV. 
    • Start of dramatic play, though not a sophisticated fantasy play yet. He will pretend to eat a plastic apple and tell you it’s yummy.

    Emotional and Behavioral Development
    • He’s a bundle of energy (especially because he has already mastered a lot of gross and fine motor skills), so he can’t keep still and is usually highly spirited.
    • May become clingy, which may be the result of his imagination. He’s afraid, for example, that the vacuum cleaner can suck him up whole like his small toy. 
    • Idolizes older siblings or kids so he imitates the way they play, follows them around the house the whole day, tries to win their affection by offering goodies, etc.
    • Understands that he’s a separate person from you.
    • Starts to express feelings with words.

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