View the CDC Typical Milestones for this age group

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


Points to things or pictures when they are named

Knows names of familiar people and body parts

Says sentences with 2 to 4 words

Follows simple instructions

Repeats words overheard in conversation

Points to things in a book

Cognitive (learning, thinking, problem-solving)

Finds things even when hidden under two or three covers

Begins to sort shapes and colors

Completes sentences and rhymes in familiar books

Plays simple make-believe games

Builds towers of 4 or more blocks

Might use one hand more than the other

Follows two-step instructions such as "Pick up your shoes and put them in the closet."

Names items in a picture book such as a 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

Throws ball overhand

Makes or copies straight lines and circles

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