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Developmental Milestones for Your 18-Month Old

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Remember that every child develops at a different pace.  So, not every child will be able to perform all of the following skills.  However, if your child or a child that you know is lacking in a great number of these developmental milestones, please contact your Regional Service Coordinator to arrange a free evaluation.

By 18 Months Old I Can:
  • Walk without help
  • Climb up and down on things
  • Stand up and sit down without holding on
  • Like to push, pull, and take things apart
  • Begin to show a "temper" when I can't do something I want
  • Understand simple one-step directions
  • Use more meaningful single words
  • Gesture and use words together
  • "Cling" to caretakers in new situations
  • Hold out arms and legs while being dressed by others
  • Point to objects I want

To Help Me Develop and Keep Me Healthy, My Family Can:

  • Let me play alone but within site of familiar people for a few minutes at a time
  • Be consistent with my feeding, napping, and bedtime routines
  • Divert me from doing things I should not
  • Show me what I can do and use very simple one-step directions
  • Hold me and read simple stories
  • Teach me simple songs, sing them over and over
  • At bath time point to and name some of my body parts as you wash
  • Wash my hands well before I eat
  • Expect I can get into many things and places; toddler-proof inside and outside
  • Never leave me near any water source even for a minute or two
  • Keep me within your site while you are on the phone
  • Since I can be a picky eater, offer choices of new foods but don't force me to try
  • Don't pretend that medicine or vitamins are "candy" or a treat
  • Brush my teeth daily; toothpaste may be needed so check with my Dentist
  • Offer me a variety of foods and let me choose
  • Make sure I drink milk and water even though my appetite may occasionally decrease


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