Developmental Milestones - 13 through 18 Months

Physical Development

  • Stands alone, sits down.
  • Walks without help.
  • Enjoys carrying small objects in each hand.
  • Gestures or points to indicate wants.
  • Likes to push, pull and dump things.
  • Also likes to poke, twist and squeeze.
  • Pulls off hat, socks and mittens.
  • Turns pages in a book.
  • Holds crayon and scribble, but with little control.
  • Enjoys holding a spoon when eating, but experiences difficulty in getting spoon into mouth.
  • Can stack two blocks.
  • Enjoys flushing toilets and closing doors.
  • Waves goodbye and claps hands.

Social & Emotional Development

  • Becomes upset when separated from parent.
  • Enjoys being held and read to.
  • Needs reassurance with fears.
  • Plays alone on floor with toys.
  • Recognizes himself in a mirror or in pictures.
  • Imitates others, especially by coughing, sneezing or making animal sounds.
  • Likes an audience and applause.
  • Begins to need set limits.

Intellectual Development

  • Understand and follows simple one-step directions.
  • Says 8 to 20 words you can understand.
  • Looks at person talking to her/him.
  • Will say "hi" or "bye" if reminded.
  • Uses expressions such as "uh-oh."
  • Asks for something by pointing or using one word.
  • Identifies objects in a book.
  • Plays peek-a-boo.
  • Likes to take things apart.

Developmental milestones associated with feeding

  • Drools less.
  • Drinks well from a household cup, but may drop it when finished.
  • Holds cup with both hands
  • Begins to use a spoon but turns it before reaching mouth.