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What most babies do at this age: 18 MONTHS

Social and Emotional

•Likes to hand things to others during play

•May have temper tantrums

•May be afraid of strangers

•Shows affection to familiar people

•Engages in pretend play, such as feeding a doll

•May cling to caregivers in new situations

•Points to show others something interesting

•Explores alone but with parent close by


•Says several single words

•Says and shakes head “no”

•Points to show someone what he wants

Cognitive (learning, thinking, problem-solving):

•Knows what ordinary things are for; for example, telephone, brush, spoon

•Points to get the attention of others

•Shows interest in a doll or stuffed animal by pretending to feed

•Points to one body part

•Scribbles on his own

•Can follow 1-step verbal commands without any gestures; for example, sits when you say “sit down”

Movement/Physical Development

•Walks alone

•May walk up steps and run

•Pulls toys while walking

•Can help undress self

•Drinks from a cup

•Eats with a spoon

*Act early by talking to your child's doctor if your child:*

•Doesn’t point to show things to others

•Can’t walk

•Doesn’t know what familiar things are for

•Doesn’t copy others

•Doesn’t gain new words

•Doesn’t have at least 6 words

•Doesn’t notice or mind when a caregiver leaves or returns

•Loses skills he once had

Courtesy of CDC website: http://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/actearly/milestones/milestones-18mo.html

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