Baby Development Milestones -

31 Month Old to 36 Month Old

Baby development milestones are often divided into specific domains, such as gross and fine motor movements, hand-eye coordination, language, cognition, social and emotional growth.

These designations are useful, but substantial overlap exists.

Studies have established average ages at which specific milestones are reached, as well as ranges of normality.

Here you will find detail of what to expect from your baby during the 31 month old development to 36 month old development phase.

Baby Development Milestones

31 - 36 month old

15 - 18 months

19 - 21 months

22 - 24 months

25 - 30 months


Fundamental Movement Skills

  • Jumps from a small height, such as a single step, without losing her balance.
  • Will attempt challenging balancing activities such as walking along a log or hopping, although she may not succeed.
  • Balances for several seconds while standing on one foot only.
  • Tiptoes across the floor without over-balancing.
  • Is able to negotiate ladders and slides on large outdoor play sets and equipment.
  • Runs fast with great confidence.
  • Can use the pedals of a pedal toy to propel herself along.
  • Can accurately copy movements and participates fully in action songs.


Hand Eye Coordination

  • Benefits from the wider range of play equipment and craft activities at a playgroup or nursery.
  • Can build a tower of eight or more blocks.
  • Begins to be able to cut paper with a pair of child-safe scissors, although she finds this difficult.
  • Completes simple jigsaw puzzles.
  • Due to improved control, her drawings are less random and their subject is often recognizable. She can copy simple shapes you draw.
  • Carries out simple household tasks like putting cutlery on the table or toys in a box.



  • Issues instructions confidently to you.
  • Frequently uses pronouns such as “I”, and “me”, although not always correctly.
  • Has a vocabulary of at least a thousand words.
  • Is ready for more complex stories with multiple characters.
  • Asks frequent questions about the meaning of unfamiliar words that she has heard you or others use.
  • Shows an understanding of grammatical rules, which she applies in her use of language.



  • Compares two objects in terms of size or height, albeit not always accurately.
  • Makes up simple stories from during this important imagination stage.
  • Remembers something you both did yesterday and may be able to recall exciting events in the more distant past.
  • Anticipates the consequences of her actions. For example, she knows that if she knocks her cup over the drink will spill.
  • Completes jigsaws with three or four large pieces.
  • Is able to commit information, such as the name of an object, to memory by repeating it to herself.


Social and Emotional

  • Has a distinct self concept and is protective of her possessions and personal space.
  • Is reliably clean and dry during the day.
  • May form a special friendship with one child in particular.
  • More aware of other people’s feelings and makes an effort to offer help and comfort to another child who is distressed.
  • Gaining self confidence in new situations and in forming relationships outside the immediate family.
  • Is more amenable to family rules and toddler temper tantrums diminish in frequency.
  • Enjoys exercising choice over what to eat or wear.


Expert Advice

This information is presented to help parents understand what to expect from their child at a certain age.

Any questions you may have about your baby development milestones should be shared with your family doctor.

Be sure to visit all the baby development milestones pages for different ages.




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