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Baby Milestone Markers: 23rd MonthLearn more about your 22-23-month-old child's development milestones!
- Physical Development
Cognitive and Mental 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.
Emotional and Behavioral 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.
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- 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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