Health Centers
if not loaded., try Site map to view all
bookmark | print this page | mail to friend | site map | help

Child Growth Stages



Child Developmental milestones record - 18 months


Skills and growth milestones relevant to 18-month-old children mark the physical and mental development that is expected for this age.

Physical and Motor Skill Markers

The typical 18 month old:
  • Has a closed anterior fontanel (soft spot on the front of the head)
  • Is growing at a slower rate and has less of an appetite compared to previous months
  • Is physically able to control sphincter muscles, but may not be psychologically ready to use the toilet
  • Runs with a lack of coordination and falls frequently
  • Jumps in place
  • Is able to get onto chairs without assistance
  • Walks up stairs while holding on with one hand
  • Can build a tower of 2 - 3 blocks
  • Can use a spoon and cup with help
  • Imitates scribbling
  • Can turn the pages of a book 2 or 3 at a time
Sensory and Cognitive Markers

The typical 18 month old
  • Shows affection
  • Listens to a story or looks at pictures
  • Can say 10 or more words when asked
  • Identifies parts of the body
  • Understands and is able to point to and identify common objects
  • Frequently imitates
  • Feeds self
  • Is able to take off some clothing items, such as gloves, shoes, and socks
  • Begins to feel a sense of ownership identifying people and objects by saying "my"
Play Recommendations
  • Encourage and provide the necessary space for physical activity
  • Provide safe replicas of adult tools and equipment for the child to play with
  • Allow the child to help around the house and participate in the daily responsibilities of the family
  • Encourage play that involves building and creativity
  • Read to the child
  • Control the type and quantity of television viewing
  • Control the type and quantity of games played


Your feedback?


Rate this page?
Good Average Poor

Rating accepted

Thanks for your note! Suggestion if any, will be taken up by the editor squad on a prority. We appreciate your gesture.
Hecapedia squad
Improve hecapedia - Join the squad

Nothing on this web site, in any way to be viewed as medical advice. All contents should be viewed as general information only.
All health care decisions should only be made with consultation from your physician.

About us | Link to us | Contact us | Associates | Media Center | Business services | Feedback | Report Bugs | Sitemap | Help
privacy policy | disclaimer | terms and conditions | accessibility | anti-spam policy
© 2006 hecapedia