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Months 16-18

Months 16-18

Mental Development

  • Make some animal sounds
  • Use mostly single words, but understand many simple words said to them
  • Be able to point to some parts of their body when you name them
  • Be ready for “real thought,” that is, to form mental images and symbols that represent objects or actions
  • Speak at least 6 and possibly as many as 20 recognisable words
  • Refer to themselves by name
  • Enjoy listening to nursery rhymes and join in
  • “Talk” to themselves when playing

Visual Development

  • Recognise familiar objects and pictures in books and surroundings
  • Look towards and signals to request for objects they want
  • Watch and retrieve a rolling ball as far away as 3 metres
  • Point to distant objects outdoors

Growth

16 Months

  • Weigh about 9.8 kg if she’s a girl or about 10.5 kg if he’s a boy
  • Be about 78.6 cm tall if she’s a girl or about 80.2 cm tall if he’s a boy

17 Months

  • Weigh about 10 kg if she’s a girl or about 10.7 kg if he’s a boy
  • Be about 79.7 cm tall if she’s a girl or about 81.2 cm tall if he’s a boy

18 Months

  • Weigh about 10.2 kg if she’s a girl or about 10.9 kg if he’s a boy
  • Be about 80.7 cm tall if she’s a girl or about 82.3 cm tall if he’s a boy

 

Motor Development

  • Scribble with a crayon
  • Carry things while walking
  • Like to climb on things
  • Build a tower of 2 blocks
  • Play with push along toys
  • Be able to help take their clothes off
  • Climb into a chair and sit
  • Walk more steadily, but with feet slightly apart
  • Pick up food and small objects more competently
  • Start to show a preference for one hand over the other
  • Push and pull objects

Social and Emotional Development

  • Become frustrated when they can’t do something
  • Be very suspicious of strangers
  • Demonstrate a strong preference for one parent, usually Mummy
  • Show a growing desire for independence
  • Start to “test the limits” to see what behaviours are acceptable
  • Start to have temper tantrums
  • Play alone for short periods
  • Like to help with household tasks
  • Be somewhat reluctant to separate from their parents
  • Continue to hold on to a “security blanket” or suck their thumb when insecure or tired

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