Toddler Development 18 months

Toddler Development 18 months

Your 18 month old baby

Toddler Development 18 months
Your toddler will probably be able to…


Toddler Development 18 months – Physical Development

  • Walk but he might stumble or need to sit down quickly
  • Want to explore
  • Want to try the stairs
  • Build with 3-4 bricks
  • Hold crayons with whole hand


Toddler Development 18 months – Cognitive Development

  • Scribble
  • Talk
  • Starting to learn trial and error, cause and effect
  • Follow simple instructions
  • Aware of the names of some objects


Toddler Development 18 months – Language and Communication

  • Say 20-50 simple words
  • Point and make noise to show what  he wants
  • May start to say no to everything


Toddler Development 18 months – Emotional and Social Development

  • Have a sense of self
  • Start expressing his needs and preferences
  • Enjoy the independence of walking, moving and playing
  • To do more on his own

Toddler Development 18 months – Developmental Leaps

Each leap brings changes in behaviour, awareness, mood and sleep and your baby may seem unsettled and clingy

51-55 weeks – experimenting with play, actions and what comes next,
very active with movement and exploring his surroundings

59-62 weeks – developing fears, emotions and wants to engage with people.
Tantrums may begin as he pushes boundaries and
want to do things his way

70-77 weeks – developing an understanding of time, of ownership, of empathy


Margot Sunderland

Carolyn Meggitt

Sue Gerhardt

Vanderijt & Plooij


Janine Smith | A specialist in pregnancy, birth and parent support


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As an experienced and qualified practitioner, I specialise in pregnancy, birth and parent support - my aim is to listen, inform, support and reassure when needed. I have worked with parents since 2002 and I set up Birth, Baby & Family in 2011 to provide good information, different voices and links to the best products and services for families.

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