35 things a 1 - 2 year old should be able to do

If you have a 1-year-old, you know how busy they can be! Every day, your growing child’s life is filled with exploration and learning. Are you unsure what is typical for children this age? Take a look at these developmental milestones and you’ll have a better sense of what to expect.

Physical Milestones

Milestones for 1-year-olds include gross motor skills using big muscles to move the whole body—and fine motor skills — using smaller muscles for little things.

Gross Motor Skills

Most 1-year-olds can:

  • Sit without leaning on anything or being held up

  • Belly crawl, scoot or creep on hands and knees

  • Pull to standing and move, holding on to furniture

Between 12 and 24 months, children typically can:

  • Stand alone and walk, holding on to your hands

  • Stick out their arms, legs and feet to help get dressed and undressed

  • Walk without help

  • Begin walking up stairs

Fine Motor Skills

As they approach age 2, children are typically able to:

  • Drink from a sippy cup (or regular cup with help)

  • Use a spoon—clumsily—to eat

  • Pick up objects like Cheerios or raisins with thumb and one finger (known as “pincer grasp”)

  • Point, poke and maybe even pinch

  • Put things into a bucket and take them out again

  • Scribble with a thick crayon or marker

Cognitive Milestones