Development and Characteristics of a 29-30 Month Old Child

Parenting September 14, 2009 Print Friendly and PDF

Parenting Tips for Your 29-30 Month Old Toddler



How I Feel

  • I like to show my friends how much I like them.
  • I don’t get scared when you leave me somewhere familiar.
  • Keeping my routine is important to me.
  • I am starting to try being “sneaky”.

How I Talk

  • I am getting better at expressing my thoughts.
  • I am starting to tell you how I feel.
  • I can say a lot of words - as many as 1,000!
  • I understand most of what you say to me.
  • I am starting to say my name and maybe my age.

How I Grow

  • I am getting better at using my hands to open things.
  • I can hold things steady in my hands, like cups.
  • I am starting to turn pages of books by myself.
  • I can bend over while standing to pick things up.
  • I am able to start peddling. It may take me some time to learn.

How I Understand

  • I am starting to understand “cause and effect”.
  • I am interested in learning how things work.
  • I am better at doing puzzles with 3 to 5 pieces.
  • I try to figure out how things work in my mind instead of by handling them.
  • I can tell that I am different than kids of the other gender.
  • I am getting better at taking turns

Learn more about Your Toddler: 29-30 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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This work is supported by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, New Technologies for Ag Extension project.