Here's what you might see your child doing
between the ages of 15 and 18 months.
- Avidly explores everything.
- Revels in water play.
- Likes to feed self.
- Begins to use more objects
conventionally (for example, may put comb in hair).
- Enjoys throwing, rolling, pushing,
- Stands unsupported.
- Walks without assistance with wide
stance and outstretched arms.
- Climbs stairs with assistance.
- Refines grasp.
- Picks up objects from a standing
- Adds gestures to speech.
- Prefers adults to other children.
- Likes to watch and imitate activities.
Cognitive Development (Thinking and Learning)
- Looks to parent for help in solving
- Learns cause-effect relationship
(repeats enjoyable actions).
- Looks for hidden objects in last place
- Begins to experiment through trial and
Each child is unique. It is therefore difficult to describe
exactly what should be expected at each stage of a child's
development. 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
If you have any concerns related to your
child's own pattern of development, check with your health