Physical Development: 1-2 Year Olds By: Mallory Malz


The average weight for 12-24 months is 20-29 pounds, while the average height is 80-90 cm, or 30-35 inches. The average length growth is about 5-8 cm, or 2-3.1 inches per year. The average weight gain is around 130-250g per month.


Gross Motor Skills

A toddler will start walking independently, squat down to pick something up, crawl up the stairs and creep back down, seat themself on a small chair, stand on tiptoes, push or pull toys behind them while walking, and get to a sitting position using furniture to lower themself.

This is a toddler pushing his toys around, like most 1-2 year olds do by their second year
Fine Motor Skills

A 1-2 year old will point at pictures, scribble with a crayon, hold their own cup, remove their socks, feed themself using a spoon, and put a hat on their head. Before age 2 a toddler should be able to turn book pages, unzip a zipper, start coordinating movements with the wrist, fingers, and palm so they can unscrew a jar lid, use a cup with one hand, and unwrap paper from candy.

Red Flags

Some red flags are the following: child can't use pincer grasp, doesn't point at things, can't put things into containers, can't play using both hands, movements seem shaky or stiff, can't walk by 18 months, or loses skills he/she used to have. When these are seen in children from ages 1-2 it is an indicator that the toddler needs to see a doctor.

Blonde baby boy holding plastic cup above bowl of food. Photograph. Britannica ImageQuest. Encyclopædia Britannica, Inc., 25 May 2016.

Toddler. Photography. Britannica ImageQuest. Encyclopædia Britannica, Inc., 25 May 2016.


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