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  • Baby Milestone Markers: 18th Month

    Keep abreast with your 17-18-month-old tot's development by reading on about his developmental milestones!
    Published Aug 14, 2009
  • Physical Development
    • Can’t sit still long enough for activities that need fine motor skills, as interest is more on moving about (walking, running, walking backward, climbing, etc.)
    • Able to stack two or three blocks into a tower, and likes knocking the tower down immediately after. Empties closets and cupboards then tries to put everything back to see if they fit.
    • Increasing dexterity is shown in his ability to scribble with crayons, finger-paint, stack blocks, turn door knobs, press telephone buttons, etc.
    • Very much into fitting things inside other things.
    • Can hold a cup and drink from it without spilling.
    • May be able to push or pull a toy wagon and/on step on the pedal of a tricycle.
    Cognitive and Mental Development
    • Can speak about a dozen words clearly. Favorite words are usually “Mama,” “Dada,” “Bye-bye,” “Milk,” “My,” “Cookie” and “Car”
    • Understands more words than he can say.
    • Starting to use two words as “sentence”, for example, “Me up,” or “Want ball.”
    • Uses intonation pattern and body language together with simple words to make you understand him better.
    • May refer to himself by his name.
    • Improving memory, in that he can remember his shoes are in the cabinet or the juice is inside the ref even if he can’t see them.
    Emotional and Behavioral Development
    • Curious about other children his age, though he doesn’t think of them as playmates or friends yet, that’s why he sometimes pokes or pushes them.
    • Everything is “mine!”
    • “No” is a favorite word now, not just for him but for you, too. He insists on doing things you told him “no” to, while he says “no” to your every command (such as “Eat this,” or “Sleep now”).
    • Usual tantrum trigger is his frustration over his inability to complete tasks, since his will is stronger than his limited abilities.
    • Turns to “comfort objects” such as a favorite stuffed toy, or has “comfort habits” such as thumb sucking.

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