Hi. I'm your 12 to 18 month old toddler.
I am developing my own identity and becoming more independent everyday. I have my own way of doing things. I might do some things before other children and I may do some things later than them. Be patient. I will get there in my own time.
The most important thing you can do is to be warm, loving and responsive to me. This will help my brain develop and shape the way I learn, think and behave for the rest of my life. I also need you to take care of yourself. If you feel unhappy or have negative feelings, please talk to family, friends or your doctor.
To help you know what to expect, here are some common milestones that most children reach between 12 and 18 months old.
- babbles - sounds like sentences
- understands simple questions / statements e.g. "where is your nose?", "give me"
- says words (not clearly)
- nods "yes" and shakes head for "no"
- enjoys rhythm and likes to "dance" to music
- does your child not talk at all?
- is your child sociable?
If you have any questions concerning your child’s healthy growth and development, please contact your community health nurse at your local health unit office.
Online resources on infant development form 12 to 18 months from Early Childhood Australia, the peak advocacy organisation for the early years in Australia.
Reproduced with permission from the Capital Health Authority