Development Milestones 15-18 months


0-12 mos 12-14 mos 15-18 mos 22-24 mos 30 mos-3 years 4-5 years

Gross motor development
(How Your Baby Moves)

Fine motor development
(How Your Baby Uses His Hands)

Language development

  • Walks independently
  • Builds tower of two blocks
  • Makes marks with a crayon
  • Names one object
  • Follows command without gestures or prompts; e.g., “Bring me the book”

Is your child ahead of schedule? Check the 18-month milestones:

  • 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 an at least three body parts

Problem Solving Development

Psychosocial: Emotional Development

Psychosocial: Social Development

  • Puts two blocks into one hand to take a third one with the other hand
  • Feels shame and guilt
  • Self-conscious period (coy)
  • Hugs parents

Is your child ahead of schedule? Check the 18-month milestones:

  • 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

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

  • Removes socks and shoes
  • Uses spoon
  • 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 14-month milestones:

  • 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

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