Your 18-month old is on the go – in more ways than one. They’re developing at a fast pace now. Their vocabulary is exploding and most toddlers can understand 1 to 2 new words every hour! Your child knows 10 times as many words as they can say, including the names of some people, body parts, and objects. They can often point to an object in a book when asked.
Look out! They’re walking with ease and anything within reach is fair game. They like to press buttons, move handles, and turn knobs. This is fun but it can also be exhausting trying to keep them safe. You’ll notice your child pretending to “feed” a toy or imitating other behaviors they see.
Most children at this age can:
- Use a spoon to feed themselves.
- Say 3 to 6 words.
- Walk backwards.
- Retain a memory of an object removed from their view – this makes for exciting games of hide and seek with their favorite toy.
Your child may be ready to:
- Walk up steps and kick a ball forward.
- Listen to a story and look at the pictures.
- Brush their teeth – so after you’re done scrubbing, give them the toothbrush for some fun practice!
- Undress themselves – what a good game they make of this!
Remember, all babies develop at their own rate. So if your little one isn’t doing all these things just yet, you’ll likely see them soon. If you’re concerned about your child’s development, talk to your pediatrician at your next well-child visit, or send an email with your question anytime.
Resources for parents
American Academy of Pediatrics:
Toddler Growth and Development
My Doctor Online:
Normal Growth and Development: Infants and Toddlers
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