Your Baby's Development Between Two and Three Years

It's thrilling to watch your baby grow and develop, as they learn about you and the world around them. 

The information below shows some things your baby may be doing at two years of age and up. Keep in mind that every baby develops differently. Your baby may reach any of these milestones significantly before or after this age. Chances are, her development is proceeding perfectly normally.

Between two and three years: 

Vocabulary grows rapidly and child starts combining nouns with verbs to form three to four-word sentences 
Begins to use pronouns, such as "I" and "me," and other parts of speech 
May begin to ask "why" questions 
Pays attention to what others say, whether to him or to someone else

Your baby's motor skills encompass all sorts of movement, from supporting her head, to crawling, to holding a crayon. 

Gross motor skills involve control of the large muscle groups active in kicking, crawling and walking, among other movements. Fine motor skills typically cover movement and manipulation of objects with the hands -- skills such as reaching, grasping, picking things up and pointing. 

Between two and three years: 


Constantly on the move 
Loves to be chased 
Enjoys going down slides, swinging and running around playgrounds
May pedal small tricycle 
Learns to walk on tiptoe and may be able to stand on one foot 
May count stairs and jump off the final step 
Jumping in place still takes great effort and coordination 


Child learns to coordinate movements of his wrist, fingers and palm
May unscrew lids, turn knobs, unwrap paper

Babies are highly aware of their surroundings from the beginning. Given time, stimulation, love and interaction with the people in their lives, their understanding of the world grows surprisingly quickly. 

Between two and three years: 

Starts to solve problems in his head 
May understand number concepts like ordination (one dog, two dogs) and the process of classification (a cat is an animal)