Development and Characteristics of a 27-28 Month Old Child

Parenting September 14, 2009 Print Friendly and PDF

Parenting Tips for Your 27-28 Month Old Toddler



How I Feel

  • I really like it when you talk to me in a kind way.
  • I like to do things that please adults who care about me.
  • I may resist your hugs and kisses, but I still like it when you show me you love me.
  • I want to do more than I actually can. This can make me frustrated.
  • I need you to have the same rules for me to follow all the time.

How I Talk

  • I am starting to use plural words, like cats and dogs, instead of cat or dog.
  • I am still saying “no” to show you how independent I am.

How I Grow

  • I am starting to be able to do more complicated things with my hands, like turn door knobs.
  • I am able to walk up and down stairs with some support.
  • I am starting to jump up and down, maybe with one foot.

How I Understand

  • I can match things together that look alike.
  • I understand that some things are “mine”.
  • I can identify pictures by pointing at them.
  • I am starting to name pictures of things I know.
  • I need to be reminded of the rules.

Learn more about Your Toddler: 27-28 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.