What skills should an 18-month-old toddler be able to do?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)

Here are the skills, traits, or habits a child will typically have developed by 18 months of age:

Social and Emotional:

  • Self-comfort (such as attachment to blanket)
  • Empathy, sharing, shame, guilt
  • Emerging independence
  • Social relatedness
Gross motor:
  • Walks independently
  • Pushes and pulls large objects
  • Throws a ball while standing

Fine motor:

  • Builds a tower out of a couple of cubes
  • Scribbles spontaneously

Language:

  • Says ten to twenty words
  • Plays with dolls and cars
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Here are the skills, traits, or habits a child will typically have developed by 18 months of age:

Social and Emotional

  • Self-comfort (such as attachment to blanket)
  • Empathy, sharing, shame, guilt
  • Emerging independence
  • Social relatedness

Gross motor

  • Walks independently
  • Pushes and pulls large objects
  • Throws a ball while standing

Fine motor

  • Builds a tower out of a couple of cubes

 

  • Scribbles spontaneously

Language

  • Says ten to twenty words
  • Plays with dolls and cars
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