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18 months Old Baby (69 to 72 weeks)

Right now your toddler likely has a strong wish to do things for herself and be independent but she lacks the ability to satisfy these wishes and needs. She is not mature enough to bathe herself as much as she wants to; neither is she skilled enough to undress herself or walk on a busy street without holding your hand. Often frustration and anger sets in and that results in tantrums... The typical 18 month old tries to prove she is maturing by refusing to let you control her; almost every issue becomes a battle. At every opportunity she says a defiant 'No'. Her need to assert her independence is so strong that she even says no to things she wants. You might conclude that she doesn't even know what no means. She most definitely does. It is just that she wants to defy you on principle and wants to have her way too. So her solution is simple - she does both!

Things your toddler can do AT THIS STAGE

• use three words

• point to a desired object

Things your toddler will probably be able to do AT THIS STAGE

• run

• use a spoon/fork but not exclusively

• point to 1 body part when asked

Things your toddler may possibly do AT THIS STAGE

• kick a ball forward

• follow a 2-step command without gestures

Things your toddler may even be able to do AT THIS STAGE

• identify 1 picture by naming

• use 50+ single words

Emotionally, children this age demonstrate a variety of emotions and behaviors including pleasure, warmth, assertiveness and curiosity. They understand a few limits, are able to play and explore away from parents; enjoy parental affection. At eighteen months children are able to communicate their wishes and their intentions and are beginning the imitative and symbolic use of toys.

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