Milestones for your Eighteen Month Old Toddler

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        Your Child at Eighteen Months

        How your child plays, learns, speaks, and acts offers important clues about your child’s development. Developmental milestones are things most children can do by a certain age. Check the milestones your child has reached by the end of 18 months.

        What most babies do at this age:

        Social and Emotional

        • Likes to hand things to others as play
        • May have temper tantrums
        • May be afraid of strangers
        • Shows affection to familiar people
        • Plays simple pretend, such as feeding a doll
        • May cling to caregivers in new situations
        • Points to show others something interesting
        • Explores alone but with parent close by


        • Says several single words
        • Says and shakes head “no”
        • Points to show someone what he wants

        Cognitive (learning, thinking, problem-solving)

        • Knows what ordinary things are for; for example, telephone, brush, spoon
        • Points to get the attention of others
        • Shows interest in a doll or stuffed animal by pretending to feed
        • Points to one body part
        • Scribbles on his own
        • Can follow 1-step verbal commands without any gestures; for example, sits when you say “sit down

        Movement/Physical Development

        • Walks alone
        • May walk up steps and run
        • Pulls toys while walking
        • Can help undress herself
        • Drinks from a cup
        • Eats with a spoon

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

        • Doesn’t point to show things to others
        • Can’t walk
        • Doesn’t know what familiar things are for
        • Doesn’t copy others
        • Doesn’t gain new words
        • Doesn’t have at least 6 words
        • Doesn’t notice or mind when a caregiver leaves or returns
        • Loses skills he once had
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