Here's what you might see your child doing
between the ages of 18 and 24 months.
- Begins to eat with fork.
- Enjoys imitating parents.
- Walks proficiently.
- Enjoys pushing and pulling toys while
- Runs awkwardly and falls a lot.
- Walks backward a short distance.
Cognitive Development (Thinking and Learning)
- Understands that something can exist
even when hidden.
- Can picture objects and events
- Speaks from 3 to 50 words.
- Wants to name everything.
- May use a few two-word combinations.
- Repeats familiar and unfamiliar sounds
Emotional and Behavioral Development
- May begin to show frustration when not
- May show strong attachment to a toy or
- May resist bedtime, prefers
predictable pattern of bedtime events.
- May respond with "no" constantly.
- Likes to show some independence (feeds
self, undresses self).
- Begins to develop a self-concept.
- Responds to simple requests ("Bring me
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