What are the typical developmental milestones for an 18 month old?

asked 05 Jan '10, 04:37

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+1 for asking a question that made me go through web album photos of Dec 2005.

(05 Jan '10, 09:59) Emi

I'm starting a bounty because I'm looking for an answer with more "medical" type information.

(26 Feb '10, 00:51) Scott ♦♦


answered 26 Feb '10, 07:47

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Our daughters memorable milestones at 18 months!

  1. Started spending short amounts of time playing on her own in her room with "cuddly friends" around her little table.

  2. Starting showing interest in pencils and paper and scribbling artistically.

  3. Discovered phone technology and the fun of holding a phone and speaking in to it.

  4. Mimics became incredibly varied, with brilliant looks of delight confusion surprise doubt and frustration.

  5. Started eating sushi.

  6. Walked around the apartment comfortably and didn't touch things like the Christmas Tree when told not to.

  7. Starting playing with and enjoying wooden puzzle toys ( letters numbers hand and finger shapes )

  8. Sleeping in really weird positions.


answered 05 Jan '10, 10:09

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+1 for the sleeping in really wierd positions, my 7 year old still does!

(05 Jan '10, 19:55) pipthegeek

WebMD has a good article on these milestones.


answered 26 Feb '10, 15:51

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Our 18m orders us about! If she wants her juice, she'll point and shout "Juice".

She mimics our actions and words, and likes to make animal sounds - e.g. we'll say "what does a cow do?" and she'll go "moooooooo".

She also loves books, but is impatient when reading together and likes to get to the good pictures quickly.


answered 05 Jan '10, 21:09

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+1 for mimicking your actions I had forgotten about those and funny sounds!

(05 Jan '10, 22:06) Emi

Another good one: my wife says "What does Daddy do?" and she replies by blowing raspberries!

(05 Jan '10, 22:27) Lazlow

Biggest 2 for us are:

  1. Knows what he wants and how to ask for it, for may different things.
  2. Mimicry of noises, words and letters comes thick and fast - 2+ new words a week sometimes.

answered 28 Feb '10, 19:51

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  1. tells us to 'sit, sit".. even said 'Sit here' twice..
  2. says 70+ vocabularies, mostly verbs because nanny didn't teach books
  3. poses for camera
  4. says 10 if you count 1-9
  5. turns on TV and DVD player in two steps to watch his favorite DVD's.
  6. tells us when he is pooing and peeing
  7. stays dry if his diaper is lose in the pants.

answered 16 Nov '10, 05:37

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