50 Toddler Statistics [2022]

There are countless ways for toddlers to grow and develop.  

 

 

From how to use a spoon to how they communicate, it can be hard to know what is developmentally appropriate for your young child.

Finding toddler statistics can be helpful to put your mind at ease as well as look for fun ways that your little one is growing! 

 

To help you out, here are 50 toddler statistics based in the United States to help you see what you can expect from your little one as they grow into toddler years.

 

Communication and social skills

 

One of the most exciting parts in a toddlers development is the ability to communicate with them! When they are babies, it begins with a cry but as they grow, their ways of expression expand as well. 

  • Starting around a year and a half, children will be able to say at least two words together, like “love you.”
  • Divided by age group, toddlers will be able to speak a variety of words. They can use a variety of single words by 18 months and speak in sentences of two to four words by 24 months of age (may combine nouns and verbs, like “mommy eat”); have a vocabulary of 200+ new words by 36 months.
  • Young children will look at your face to see how to react in a new situation. If you seem excited over a new toy, chances are that they will love it too. 
  • Points to things in a book when you ask, like “Where is the pillow?”
  • Manners like saying please and thank you can begin to be used (source)

did you know? The average toddler can complete sentences and rhymes in familiar books

    • The average toddler can complete sentences and rhymes in familiar books (source) 
    • It is common for toddlers to know the names of parents, siblings, body parts, and objects.
    • Toddlers learn words through repetition, this is why they often repeat words they hear
    • Start asking “What’s that?” and “Why?” (source)

     

    Social Development

     

    Developing the tools to make friends is one of the most valuable tools that toddlers develop. Growing strong social skills will help your toddler make friends and master basic relationship skills. 

    did you know? Around age 2.5, your toddler will notice when others are hurt or upset, like pausing or looking sad when someone is crying

    • Around age 2.5, your toddler will notice when others are hurt or upset, like pausing or looking sad when someone is crying (source)
    • Depending on their emotional intelligence, reading books will create stronger brain connections than a tablet will (source).
    • By toddlerhood, it is common that your child will get excited around other kids
    • By age 2, toddlers should be able to share (source)
    • At the age of 2, your child’s brain is operating at high frequencies and ready to develop strong social skills.

    did you know? Your child is more than able to engage in social problem solving (For example, can you help mom sweep the floor?)

    • Your child is more than able to engage in social problem solving (For example, can you help mom sweep the floor?)
    • Toddlers have the ability to identify between accidental and intentional actions (did they hit their sister on purpose or accident?)

     

     

     

    Basic Toddler Behavior

    Growing basic skills to help toddlers become more independent are extremely valuable. 

     

    • It is common for a toddler to be able to eat independently with a spoon
    • In terms of play, toddlers can play with more than one toy at the same time, like putting toy food on a toy plate (source)
    • Toddlers need more sleep than you do! Make sure your child gets the recommended amount of sleep each night: For toddlers 1-2 years, 11–14 hours per 24 hours (including naps) (Source)

    did you know? Toddlers can begin to start brushing own teeth and hair

    • Toddlers can begin to start brushing own teeth and hair
    • By age 2, your toddler may pull pants up and down
    • Most children meet the weight limit to stop using a rear-facing seat and are able to sit in a forward facing car seat
    • Turn on the faucet and wash hands (source)
    • By age 2.5, potty training can begin and by age 3.5 should be out of diapers (source). 

     

     

    Movement Milestones with Younger Children

     

    Toddlers are famous for having lots and lots of energy! This is to help them develop strong movement skills. 

    did you know? By the age of 2, your toddler is talking, walking, climbing, jumping, running and bustling with energy

    • By the age of 2, your toddler is talking, walking, climbing, jumping, running and bustling with energy (source).
    • Walk up and down stairs while holding onto the handrail or an adults hand
    • Toddlers can typically throw a ball overhand 
    • It is common for toddlers to be able to turn over a container and pour out its contents
    • Build a tower of four blocks or more is a common skill that toddlers develop (source)

    did you know? Developing the skills to stand on tiptoes and balance on one foot is done in toddlerhood

    • Developing the skills to stand on tiptoes and balance on one foot is done in toddlerhood
    • Climb on furniture and playground equipment
    • Toddlers should also be able to. They will be able to learn to launch themself into the air, and will show off their skills by leaping and jumping around age 2. (source) 

     

    Toddler’s Cognitive Development

     

    As much as a toddler’s body is growing, so is their mind. In fact, toddlers’ brains are developing at a rapid pace and are learning much more in a short amount of time compared to adults. 

     

    • Toddlers love to copy others, especially adults and older children

    did you know? Young children will have the ability to find things even when they're hidden under two or three layers

    • Young children will have the ability to find things even when they’re hidden under two or three layers
    • This is the age when children start sorting shapes and colors
    • They can follow simple instructions
    • By age 2, children will remember skills they used to have (source) 
    • It is common for toddlers to remember and talk about things that happened in the past, using phrases like “the other day” or “a long time ago” (source)
    • Do three- to four-piece puzzles  (source) 

    did you know? Toddlerhood is a good time to begin discussing emotions. Since their feelings tend to be easily expressed in this season, it is an ideal time to begin identifying.

    • Toddlerhood is a good time to begin discussing emotions. Since their feelings tend to be easily expressed in this season, it is an ideal time to begin identifying. 
    • Toddlers’ minds are much more curious at the age of 2 and 3. Set clear boundaries in order to keep them safe and learn right vs. wrong.  
    • Playing with switches and knobs is a valuable part of cognitive development in toddlers. 
    • Toddlers are unable to separate what is real and what is pretend. At age 2, the pretend cake that they are making for you is a very real treat. 
    • By age 3, your child should be very curious. Taking the time to show them small things like a bug on a leaf or how to sweep the floor are valuable for their development. (source)
    • Play is a key tool that toddlers use to develop their minds. (source)

     

    Toddler’s Health

     

    With such a diverse range of growing happening with a toddler, it can be hard to keep up! Keeping in mind valuable information to keep your little ones healthily growing is essential. 

     

    • By the time this article is published, the CDC website has not approved a covid-19 vaccine for anyone under 5 years of age, but with the recent development it is expected to have one available by the end of 2022. Expect your children in the age ranges between 1-5 to be able to be vaccinated by a health care provider in the future.

    did you know? According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, Drowning is a leading cause of injury-related death in children.  A recent study states that swim times have decreased for toddlers due to high death rates. Make sure to avoid hot tubs and wear a life jacket near open water.

    • According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, Drowning is a leading cause of injury-related death in children.  A recent study states that swim times have decreased for toddlers due to high death rates. Make sure to avoid hot tubs and wear a life jacket near open water.
    • It is common for areas in the US with a lower median wage to have the highest infant mortality rate (source). 
    • It is more common for illness (such as diarrheal diseases) to spread in toddlers that attend a childcare center on a daily basis. 
    •  In recent decades, medical tests have been able to reveal risk factors in child’s safety. This has lowered the overall child mortality rate. 

     

    In Summary to Toddler Statistics

     

    Toddlers are at a funny age, their minds are growing rapidly and it can feel like they are developing new skills every day. It’s certainly an exciting time! Looking at statistics for different developmental milestones will help you and your toddler thrive in the busy season of toddlerhood.  

     

     

     

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