Do not show much of an interest in playing with
other children. But they engage in "parallel play." This is when children play
next to or along side each other but don't interact. Adults are their main
focus for social growth.
Are very curious. They like to grab and
move almost anything within reach.
Like to show off for parents
and caregivers. They may become happy when they do something they are
especially proud of and look to parents for a reaction.
copy what other people do. For example, your child may like to imitate you and
stretch his or her arms up high when you play "so big!" He or she may try to
make the same faces you do and copy something you say by jabbering with a
similar tone of voice.
Most children by 18 months of
Understand 10 times more than they are able to
put into words.
Know the names of some people, body parts, and
objects. They can often point to an object in a book when asked.
Use their own language, sometimes called jargon, that is a mix of made-up words
and understandable words.
Follow two-step commands, such as "Go get
your teddy bear, and bring it here."
Social and motor development
Most children by 18
months of age:
Stand from a crawling position without holding
Walk by themselves.
Hold a cup by
hand movement between the fingers and the wrist. This allows your child
to eat with a spoon (although at this age, it is guaranteed to be messy).
Like to press buttons, move handles, and turn
Can stack 4 blocks.
This information is produced and provided by the National
Institute (NCI). The information in this topic may have changed since it was written. For the most current information, contact the National
Institute via the Internet web site at http://
.gov or call 1-800-4-CANCER.
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
July 19, 2012
This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor.
Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this