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Months 22-24

Mental Development

  • Start to understand more complicated requests
  • Understand major differences, but not minor differences, in size of objects
  • Frequently ask “what’s that?”
  • Can remember past events and anticipate future happenings
  • Name pictures of common objects
  • Listen to conversations directed to them
  • Use a combination of words
  • Describe the characteristics of some items
  • Engage in some simple pretend play
  • Understand as many as 300 words and simple conversations
  • Understand and use the word “no” emphatically

Visual Development

  • Be able to match familiar shapes
  • Imitate drawing straight line or circle by scribbling with crayon or pencil
  • Have a visual acuity level of approximately 20/60
  • Be able to name familiar miniature toys at a distance of 3 metres


22 Months

  • Weigh about 11.1 kg if she’s a girl or about 11.8 kg if he’s a boy
  • Be about 84.6 cm tall if she’s a girl or about 86 cm tall if he’s a boy

23 Months

  • Weigh about 11.3 kg if she’s a girl or about 12.0 kg if he’s a boy
  • Be about 85.5 cm tall if she’s a girl or about 86.9 cm tall if he’s a boy

24 Months

  • Weigh about 11.5 kg if she’s a girl or about 12.2 kg if he’s a boy
  • Be about 85.7 cm tall if she’s a girl or about 87.1 cm tall if he’s a boy


Motor Development

  • Be able to combine two or three simple body movements without significant practice
  • Build a tower of four blocks
  • Put lids on containers and take them off
  • Put pegs into holes
  • Turn switches on and off
  • Remove clothing and shoes, but are not able to dress themselves well
  • Manoeuvre around objects skillfully and easily
  • Walk well, going heel to toe like grown-ups
  • Throw a small ball
  • Climb up and down the stairs alone, with both feet to a step


Social and Emotional Development

  • Be more resistant to going to bed
  • Like to do things for themselves
  • Chatter to themselves while daydreaming as a way to process their thoughts
  • Explores people through imitating what they do
  • Be completely unaware of the chaos and mess they cause by attempting to imitate others
  • Will be possessive of their belongings and claim them as “mine”
  • Enjoys fetching and delivering things
  • Engage in more pretend play
  • Demand a lot of their caregiver’s attention

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