Baby Development: Your 18 month old

 

Your 18 month old baby

Your baby will probably be able to…

 

 

 

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

 

 

Cognitive Development

 

Scribble

Talk

Starting to learn trial and error, cause and effect

Follow simple instructions

Aware of the names of some objects

 

 

Language and
Communication

 

Say 20-50 simple words

Point and make noise to show what  he wants

May start to say no to everything

 

 

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

 

 

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

Research:

Margot Sunderland

Carolyn Meggitt

Sue Gerhardt

Vanderijt & Plooij

 

By Janine Rudin, Birth & Baby

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I am an antenatal teacher, doula, baby massage instructor, postnatal educator, life coach, writer, mum, wife, friend and, sometimes, just me. As an experienced and qualified practitioner, I specialise in pregnancy, birth and early parenting - 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, a different perspective and links to the best products and services for families. I set up the Birth, Baby & Family Centre in 2014 to provide a welcoming, friendly and supportive space for parents across Tyneside.

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