Development Milestones – 18 Months


months years
0–12 12 14 15 18 22 24 30 3 4 5

Gross motor development
(How Your Baby Moves)

Fine motor development
(How Your Baby Uses His Hands)

Language development

  • Pushes and pulls large objects
  • Seats self in small chair
  • Runs stiffly
  • Builds tower of four blocks
  • Scribbles with crayon
  • Dumps small objects from a bottle
  • Speaks 10 to 25 words
  • Points to self and at least three body parts

Is your child ahead of schedule? Check the 22-month milestones:

  • Walks up stairs one at a time holding rail
  • Builds tower of six blocks
  • Speaks 25 to 50 words
  • Points to three or four pictures and six body parts

Problem Solving Development

Psychosocial: Emotional Development

Psychosocial: Social Development

  • Shows symbolic play with a doll
  • Matches pairs of objects
  • Associates feelings with verbal symbols
  • Begins to have thoughts about feelings
  • First application of attributes to self (good, naughty)
  • Kisses with a pucker

Is your child ahead of schedule? Check the 22-month milestones:

  • Deduces location of hidden objects
  • Begins to change reaction to events and emotions based on social influences of others
  • Imitates others to please them
  • Plays next to but not with another child (parallel play)
  • Begins to tolerate separation
  • Has tantrums when frustrated
  • Resents attention shown to others

Psychosocial: Adaptive Development

Eating: Motor Skills Development
Milestones apply for ages 1 to 2 years

Eating: Social and Personal Skills Development
Milestones apply for ages 1 to 2 years

  • Moves around house independently
  • Starts to remove clothing
  • Starts to use a spoon and fork
  • Spills most of his food
  • Uses his fingers to pick up foods (so serve finger foods!)
  • Drinks from a cup
  • May want to feed you
  • Becomes more independent; too busy to eat
  • Able to gesture or ask for food if hungry
  • Appetite seems to decrease

Is your child ahead of schedule? Check the 22-month milestones:

  • Removes clothes without buttons
  • Opens door by turning knob
  • Unzips zippers
  • May indicate toilet needs
  • Starts to use a spoon and fork
  • Spills most of his food
  • Uses his fingers to pick up foods (so serve finger foods!)
  • Drinks from a cup
  • May want to feed you
  • Becomes more independent; too busy to eat
  • Able (and likely) to say “No!”
  • Able to gesture or ask for food if hungry
  • Appetite seems to decrease

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