2 Years

Tips, Tricks & Resources

What to Expect

Try to keep up with your child’s rapid mobility and brain development! Expect them to remember the names of familiar people and follow simple instructions. Additionally, expect your toddler to run around (and fall down!) and throw objects overhand. Scroll down to learn more about free or low-cost EarlyLearn Child Care, which is available for up to 10 hours per day!

Events

A Community Playdate for NYC babies and toddlers!

Time: 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Play together and get simple ideas for activities you can do at home with your children!

Family Storytime: Daddy & Me (and Mommy, too!)

Time: 10:30 AM
Come in and listen to stories, sing songs, and move to bouncy rhymes with your baby or toddler.

Children and Parent Playtime

Time: 11:00 AM
Join us as we explore ways to develop early literacy while also having quality one-on-one time.

Programs

Child care for babies & toddlers

EarlyLearn NYC Child Care

NYC Administration for Children's Services

Free or low-cost child care for children.

Milestones

How your child plays, learns, speaks, and acts offers important clues about your child’s development.

What most 2 year olds do at this age:

  • Social

    • Copy others, especially adults and older children
    • Get excited when with other children
    • Show more and more independence
    • Show defiant behavior (doing what they have been told not to)
    • Play mainly beside other children, but begin to include other children
  • Communication

    • Point to things or pictures when they are named
    • Know names of familiar people and body parts
    • Say sentences with 2 to 4 words
    • Follow simple instructions
    • Repeat words overheard in conversation
  • Learning

    • Find things even when hidden under two or three covers
    • Begin to sort shapes and colors
    • Complete sentences and rhymes in familiar books
    • Play simple make-believe games
    • Build towers with four or more blocks
    • May start to prefer one hand over the other
    • Can follow two-step instructions such as “pick up your shoes and put them in a closet”
    • Can name items in a picture book such as a cat, bird, or dog
  • Physical Development

    • Can stand on tiptoe
    • Begin to run
    • Climb onto and down from furniture without help
    • Walk up and down stairs holding on
    • Can throw ball overhand
    • Can make or copy straight lines and circles
  • Health

    • Have 3 ounces of grains daily
    • Have 1 cup of vegetables daily
    • Have 1 cup of fruits daily
    • Have 2 cups of milk daily
    • Have 2 ounces of meat and beans daily
    • Have at least 30 minutes of adult-led physical activity
    • Sleep about 12-14 hours per day
    • Have one or two daytime naps
    • Are on schedule with immunizations

Act early by talking to your child’s doctor if your child:

    • Doesn’t use 2-word phrases (for example, “drink milk”)
    • Doesn’t know what to do with common things, like a brush, spoon, or fork
    • Doesn’t copy actions and words
    • Doesn’t follow simple instructions
    • Doesn’t walk steadily