Developmental Guidelines: What Most Babies Do at 24 Months - Achieve Beyond

Developmental Guidelines: What Most Babies Do at 24 Months

Social and Emotional

  • Copies others, especially adults and older children
  • Gets excited when with other children
  • Shows more and more independence
  • Shows defiant behavior (doing what he has been told not to)
  • Plays mainly beside other children but is beginning to include other children, such as in chase games


  • Says sentences with 2 to 4 words
  • Repeats words overheard in conversation
  • Knows names of familiar people and body parts
  • Follows two-step instructions such as “Pick up your shoes and put them in the closet”
  • Points to things in a book

Cognitive (Learning, Thinking, Problem-Solving)

  • Finds things even when hidden under two or three covers
  • Beings to sort shapes and colors
  • Completes sentences and rhymes in familiar books
  • Plays simple make-believe games
  • Builds towers of 4 or more blocks
  • Names items in a picture book such as cat, bird or dog

Movement/Physical Development

  • Stands on tiptoe
  • Kicks a ball
  • Begins to run
  • Climbs onto and down from furniture without help
  • Walks up and down stairs holding on
  • Makes or copies straight lines and circles

Red Flags For 24 Month Old Babies

  • Doesn’t use 2-word phrases (“drink milk)
  • Doesn’t know what to do with common things like a brush, phone, fork, spoon
  • Doesn’t copy actions and words
  • Doesn’t follow simple instructions
  • Doesn’t walk steadily
  • Loses skills she once had

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