Your Baby just turned one and is starting to walk. Congrats! You have a toddler! Now you need to know these Toddler Social Development Milestones to watch for.
Once your child turns one, they have officially entered the toddler years. The years between one and three are filled with many wonders as your child learns and grows in many ways. They will of course start hitting the usual toddler growth and development milestones but your toddler’s social skills are one of the things that will also develop during this time. Continue reading to find out more about the toddler social development milestones to watch for.
Talking is a major social milestone for your toddler. Your child probably says a few words already, but as they grow, you can expect more words to be added to their vocabulary. As your child continues to age, you can expect those words to become phrases, and those phrases to become sentences. By age three, your child will be able to effectively communicate.
Sense of Humour
Your toddler’s sense of humour is a wonderful social milestone to look for. As your toddler grows, you’ll notice that they develop their own personality and sense of humour, finding many things funny. This milestone will be filled with many joyful giggles and smiles.
Manners and Rules
Another way your toddler will develop socially is by learning different manners and rules. You can help set the precedent for this by modelling the manners you want your child to follow, such as saying, “Please,” and “Thank you.” You’ll also want to start setting rules, giving your child expectations when it comes to behaviour.
Toddlers will also begin to dress themselves, and maybe picking out the clothes that they want to wear. Even if their selection doesn’t match it’s important to allow your toddler to express himself or herself through the clothes they choose. When they are allowed to choose their own clothes, your toddler will gain more confidence in themselves.
In addition to learning how to socialize with others, you can expect to see your toddler start caring about looking nice when going out. As your toddler gets older, they will begin to groom themselves, including brushing their teeth and hair. You can help your toddler move towards this milestone by providing age appropriate grooming tools, such as a toothbrush or hair brush that fits in their little hands.
What toddler social milestones do you enjoy seeing in your child?
Elizabeth Lampman is a coffee-fuelled Mom of 2 girls and lives in Hamilton, Ontario. She enjoys travelling, developing easy recipes, crafting, taking on diy projects, travelling and saving money!