Development and Characteristics of a 31-32 Month Old Child

Parenting September 14, 2009 Print Friendly and PDF

Parenting Tips for Your 31-32 Month Old Toddler

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How I Feel

  • I am starting to feel proud of myself when I do something right.
  • I may feel guilty or shameful when I do something wrong.
  • I feel sad when I do something that hurts my friends.
  • I am learning more about what makes my friends happy.
  • I am sensitive to how you respond to things I do.

How I Talk and Understand

  • I am saying more new words every day.
  • I may try tricking you or denying things that are true.
  • I enjoy pretend play.

How I Grow

  • I am practicing new skills every day. I am walking, jumping, bending and peddling.
  • I am getting better at using my hands.
  • I have many of my baby teeth.


Learn more about Your Toddler: 31-32 Months from Just In Time Parenting. You can also go to our Resource Links for additional information on child care and development.


Note to Parents: When reading this newsletter, remember: Every baby is different. Children may do things earlier or later than described here. This newsletter gives equal space and time to both sexes. If he or she is used, we are talking about all babies.
References: These materials were adapted by authors from Extension Just in Time Parenting Newsletters in California, Delaware, Georgia, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Tennessee, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, and Wisconsin.

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