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Developmental Milestones

devmiles_12-18sm.jpg First Steps, First Words, First Attempts at Independence.
by Tamika Nunley

MochaManual.com Staff


Get ready for the second year!  Here are the physical, mental, social and developmental milestones to look for in your 12-18 month old. 


devmiles_12-18lg.jpg Developmental Milestones
First steps, first words, first attempts at independence
by Tamika Nunley

Get ready for the second year!  Here are the physical, mental, social and developmental milestones to look for in your 12-18 month old 

second year can a delightful time for parents and children. As a
parent, you’ve got some confidence in your skills having survived the
first 12 months, and your child has a developing personality that
brings laughter, funny faces and affectionate hugs. This time of a
child’s life is marked by unbridled curiosity about the people and
things in his world. A child can also start to place things, people and
actions in categories. For example, when you say you’re going to the
park, your toddler is beginning to create a mental picture of her
favorite slide and you waiting at the bottom of it.

frequently to your child to increase his or her language skills and
encourage cooperation. You can also make dressing time more fun by
pointing to and identifying body parts and clothes. For instance, “see
this very pretty red shirt. Well, the shirt goes over your head. Your
arms go into the sleeves. Now, what shall we put on your legs?”
Conversations like these help your child begin to understand how things
are some other key developmental milestones for 12-18 months. Remember,
each child develops differently, but if your child is not performing a
great number of the activities mentioned below, talk to your
Physical Development
– Crawls well
Stands alone, sits down
Points or gestures to indicate wants
Likes to push, pull and dump things
Turn pages in a book
Enjoys flushing toilets and closing doors
Enjoys carrying small objects while walking, often one in each
Hold crayons and scribbles, but with little control
Waves bye-bye and claps hands
Rolls a ball to adult on request
Can hold a spoon when eating, but has difficulty getting
the spoon into the mouth


Mental Development 
Says 8-20 words you can understand
Says “Hi” or “Bye” if reminded
Uses expressions like “Uh-oh”
Asks for something by pointing and
using one word
Plays peek-a-boo
Looks for objects that are hidden or
out of sight
Likes to take things apart
Understands and follows simple
one-step directions
Social and emotional development
Becomes upset when separated from
Plays alone on the floor with toys
Recognizes self in mirror or pictures
Imitates others especially by
coughing, sneezing or making animal
Enjoys an audience and applause
Enjoys being held and read toSource: Family Life 8, Iowa State University, University Extension.

Editor’s Note: The developmental information provided in this article
and on this site has been compiled from various professional resources
as a tool to help you understand your child’s overall growth. It is not
a standardized measurement tool. Always speak to your doctor about your
child’s development.




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