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GUIDE TO YOUR BABY'S DEVELOPMENT

13 - 18 MONTHS

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child at beach"Each child is unique. While certain attitudes, behaviors, and physical milestones tend to occur at certain ages, a wide spectrum of growth and behavior for each age is normal. These guidelines are offered as a way of showing a general progression through the developmental stages rather than as fixed requirements for normal development at specific ages. It is perfectly natural for a child to attain some milestones earlier and other milestones later than the general trend. Keep this in mind as you review these milestones."

"If you have any concerns related to your child's own pattern of development, check with your pediatrician or family physician." Donna Warner Manczak, Ph.D., M.P.H.

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13 - 18 MONTHS

   -   Stands without support
   -   Walks
   -   Bends and picks up objects from standing position
   -   Climbs stairs, on furniture, stands on toys to reach
   -   Is into everything!
   -   Imitates actions, gestures and expressions
   -   Tries to brush own hair
   -   Becomes increasingly enthusiastic about being with other children
   -   Separation Anxiety may increase toward 18 months
   -   Repeats actions to learn (may climb on the sofa over and over again to master.)
   -   Finds hidden objects
   -   Points to objects he wants
   -   Points to objects you name
   -   May use one hand more than the other
   -   May scribble
   -   May begin to show interest in potty training at 18 mos
   -   Language skills increase to several words or single phrases (toward 18 mos)

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