Child Development: 18 months

Your Developing Baby: 18 Months

  • Walks alone or with hands held
  • Squats to pick up a toy from the floor and stands again
  • Enjoys picture books and begins to point to pictures
  • Scribbles with a crayon/pencil
  • Builds a tower of three blocks
  • Understands simple questions and directions (“Where is your nose?” and “Go get your coat”)
  • Uses single words but may not pronounce them correctly
  • Uses babbling that sounds like sentences
  • Asks for “more” or “again” using gestures and/or the words
  • Imitates everyday activities, e.g. talking on toy telephone
  • Begins to point to  some body parts on self or doll when asked
  • Enjoys nursery rhymes
  • Feeds himself/herself with a spoon (will still be messy)
  • Takes off shoes, socks, hats
  • Shows discomfort when he/she has a wet or dirty diaper

There are many ways you can help your child’s development.

Play is a learning experience for children. Play is a universal and vital process for the healthy development of every child. Play is the child’s work and allows him/her to explore the world in which he lives and grows.

If you have any concerns about your child’s development, talk to your public health nurse or family doctor.

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