Development and Characteristics of a 23-24 Month Old Child

Parenting September 14, 2009 Print Friendly and PDF

Parenting Tips for Your 23-24 Month Old Toddler



How I Grow

  • I can pedal a small tricycle.
  • I can throw a ball into a basket that is on the ground.
  • I can walk down stairs alone, both feet on one step at a time holding on to the railing.
  • I like to run more than I like to walk.
  • I like to walk on low walls while you hold my hand.
  • I can walk a few steps on tiptoe.
  • I might be afraid of the noise of trains, trucks, toilet flushing, and the vacuum cleaner. I might also fear rain, wind, and wild animals. Be patient with me.

How I Talk

  • I can ask questions just to keep you talking with me.
  • I can answer some questions, such as “What is your name?” “What does the dog say?” “What does the cat say?”
  • I can name many things that I see often, such as things in my house, my preschool, or neighborhood.
  • I’m learning the meaning of “soon” and am learning to wait.
  • I can ask for food and drink.

What I Have Learned

  • I can sit and “read” picture books, turning the pages for myself.
  • I can put together a puzzle of three to six pieces.
  • I know pretty well where things are located in and around my house.
  • I can make a tower of eight blocks.

How I Get Along with Others

  • I still don’t understand sharing, but I like to be with other children sometimes.
  • I like to please others.
  • I am interested in babies and their mothers.
  • I am afraid of rejection.
  • I like to order other people around.
  • I sometimes show my anger by slapping, biting, and hitting.
  • I want my way in everything.
  • I am sometimes stubborn, and I use words like, “It’s mine,” “I don’t like it,” “Go away,” “I won’t,” and “No” a lot.

What I Can Do for Myself

  • I can take off all my clothes and I can put most of my clothes back on.
  • I like to un-wrap packages.
  • I know what a toilet is, but I may not want to use it yet.
  • I can turn doorknobs and open doors. Keep dangerous things out of my sight and out of my reach.
  • I want to do a lot of things myself.

Play I Enjoy

  • I like to play simple chase games like tag.
  • A teddy bear or soft doll is still my favorite toy.
  • I like to take things apart and put them together. Watch out that I don’t play with small pieces that could choke me.
  • I can stack five rings on a peg toy in the right order.
  • I like to be pushed on a swing.
  • I mess happily with soft play dough.

Learn more about Your Toddler: 23-24 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.