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Developmental Milestones: 15 to 18 Months

During the toddler years, development milestones will vary widely from child to child. Unless your toddler lags in several areas or is more than a few months behind in any one area, there is little need for concern. Also remember that premature babies may reach milestones slightly later than a child who is born full-term, and that by age two, they will even out developmentally. Below is a list of general developmental guidelines for an average healthy child between the ages of 15 and 18 months old.

By month 15

Most toddlers are able to:
  • toddle well
  • walk backwards
  • induse three or more words regularly
  • play with a ball
  • climb stairs
  • laugh at funny things
Some toddlers are able to:
  • walk well or run
  • say “no” and shake head
  • sing and enjoy singing
A few toddlers are able to:
  • “help” with household chores
  • walk up stairs
  • respond to verbal requests without gestures
  • say “shhh,” holding their fingers to their mouth

By month 16

Most toddlers are able to:
  • turn the pages of a book when you read to them
  • become attached to stuffed animal or other toy
  • walk well
  • sing and enjoy singing
  • throw tantrums when frustrated
Some toddlers are able to:
  • walk backwards
  • start to climb and explore
  • stack three blocks at a time
  • say up to 15 words
  • use a spoon or fork
  • understand how some objects are used
A few toddlers are able to:
  • take off one article of clothing without help
  • be picky about certain foods
  • dance to music
  • switch from two naps to one

By month 17

Most toddlers are able to:
  • start to climb and explore
  • use at least six words regularly
  • enjoy pretend and imaginary games
  • ride toys
  • respond to simple directions (give mommy a hug)

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