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Your Toddler: A Developmental Checklist: 12 To 18 Months

Remember that all children are individuals and develop at their own pace. This checklist should be used only to get a general sense for where your child is or where he is heading. If you have any concerns about your child's development, consult with your physician.

Physical Development

  • Walks and may even run, stiff-legged
  • Crawls or walks up steps with help
  • Climbs backwards down stairs
  • Bends over to pick up object
  • Throws ball
  • May kick ball
  • Uses spoon and fork
  • Drinks easily from cup
  • Can scotble with pen
  • Brushes teeth (with help)
  • Likes to push and pull things
  • May climb out of cot by second half of this age period

Intellectual Development

  • Points to body parts when asked
  • Can follow two-step command
  • Curious about objects; will dump out drawer to explore contents
  • Thinks world revolves around self
  • Unable to understand wants and needs of others
  • Identifies reflection in mirror
  • Likes board book stories where parent points to familiar object and names it
  • Scotbles
  • Likes to pop bubbles
  • Likes to bang on things

Social And Emotional Development

  • Comfortably explores away from parents
  • May throw frequent temper tantrums
  • Monitors adults' reactions to his behaviours
  • Alternates periods of independence with intense clinging
  • Sometimes heeds requests, other times willfully disobeys
  • Wants to help with household activities
  • May push, stroke, pinch other toddlers as exploration, not to be mean, and is frequently surprised by the other child's negative reaction to the touching
  • Waves bye-bye and notes when a parent has gone out

Language Development

  • Does a lot vocalizing and imitating sounds
  • May have vocabulary of 10 or more words
Dr. Bettye M. Caldwell Ph.D. Professor of Pediatrics in Child Development and Education