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Your 2 year old baby's growth and development

Updated: Nov 14, 2022


This is the age when your baby's brain is wired for life. In fact, his or her brain will continue to grow until about 24 months old. This means that the next two years are the most important time for your child's cognitive development and physical growth — everything from talking and understanding to playing and learning.

Cognitive Development: How 2 Year Olds Think

The development of your 2 year old baby's cognitive skills is a big step in their development. Cognitive development is the ability to think and reason. It is important that you provide plenty of opportunities for your child to learn about cause and effect, as well as object permanence.

Cause and Effect: Your two year old baby can now understand how things work in the world around them. They start to understand that one action or event causes another action or event, but this does not always happen immediately (that would be magic!). For example, if you put ice cubes on a plate then put it into the freezer for 30 minutes, you will get frozen ice cubes! This understanding of cause and effect helps them predict what will happen when certain actions are taken.

Object Permanence: Object permanence is the ability to understand that objects continue to exist even when they cannot be seen or touched. For example, if you hide a toy under a blanket for your 2 year old baby to find later, they will understand that it has not disappeared from existence.

Physical Development: How 2 Year Olds Grow

At this age, your child is starting to get a lot taller and heavier. She will continue to grow steadily until she reaches her full height at around 6 years of age.

Don't be alarmed if your 2-year-old seems a little clumsy sometimes; fine motor skills are still developing, so it may be difficult for her to grab things or tie her shoes by herself.

She's also learning how to respond when something unexpected happens in her world (like someone suddenly dropping a book on the floor). If she sees that something's about to fall from the table, she'll reach out and try to stop it from falling off before it lands on the ground—but most likely she won't be successful in catching it! This shows just how much effort toddlers put into working out their physical abilities—even though they may not always succeed!

Language and Communication Development: How 2 Year Olds Talk, Understand, and Share

Your 2 year old baby's language and communication skills are growing by leaps and bounds. During this phase, your child's vocabulary is expanding as well as their ability to respond when someone talks.

The following are some of the areas you can expect to see growth in:

  • Grammar: your toddler is learning about grammar (i.e., how sentences work). For example, they may be able to use pronouns like "my" or "your" without prompting, or they may ask you who something belongs to using a pronoun like "his" or "hers."

  • Speech: your toddler can tell stories using words that relate directly to what they're talking about, rather than just repeating phrases such as “no no no” when they're upset with someone else's behavior; remember that it's important not only for toddlers' speech development but also their social development! If not encouraged properly while young children learn how language works on both verbal and nonverbal levels through repetition (i.e., saying something over again) then problems with either verbalizing thoughts into words or listening/understanding others might occur later on down the line so make sure these skills get lots of practice now!

Social and Emotional Development: How 2 Year Olds Play, Learn, and Feel

As you've probably noticed, your toddler's social and emotional development is now going to become the most important in her life. This is because kids this age are learning how to interact with others. They're also learning how to share, take turns, and show empathy toward others.

They're also beginning to understand that someone else may have a different point of view than their own—and they're starting to develop friendships at this stage too!

They'll be able to play together in groups with other kids their age or older, as well as adults who are willing (or forced) into playing with them!

It's important to note that this is also the time when your child will begin to develop a sense of self-awareness. They'll realize that they're separate from other people, and this will lead them to start developing unique personality traits like being outgoing or shy.

This is your baby's most important time for brain development, so find the activities that show the results.

It can be easy to feel like you're doing the right thing, but your child might not be getting the results they want or need. You may feel like you should be doing something different, but don't worry about that. Your child's brain development is their most important time of growth, so find activities that show the results.

If you had an older child and they're now a teenager or adult, don't worry about how they turned out—you're not them and your two year old isn't either! You can only do what's best for your own little one now. Don’t let yourself get bogged down by what other people do with their groups of kids (myself included), or even what worked for me when raising my first baby—your methods are better than mine! This is all about finding what works best for each individual family unit at this stage in life; nothing else matters except figuring out how everyone fits together as a team working toward common goals within reason limits (like saying no when we already have three kids signed up at soccer practice).


It's important to remember that every child is different. The key is to find activities that work well for your baby, and continue them until they are old enough and comfortable enough with them to do them independently. This is also a great time to start reading stories together!

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