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Child Development (18 months)

Your child's experiences in the early months and years of life affect his/her health, well-being, and coping skills for the rest of his/her life. Your caring, nurturing, and safe parenting help ensure your baby's optimal development. During the toddler years, your child will grow and learn rapidly.

Child development is typically described in five areas:

  • physical
  • social
  • emotional
  • cognitive
  • language

While there are milestones, development is not a race. Each child grows and develops at his/her own pace. Learning about child development can guide your parenting. You can support and guide your child’s development through activities in each of these four areas:

  • Learning To Think and Play
  • Seeing and Using Hands
  • Hearing, Speech and Language
  • Learning To Move

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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Updated Oct 5, 2015