16 to 18 Months

01. Physical capabilities / milestones achieved

 

Your toddler is a fast traveler. He walks well and runs. His gait is not as good as in an older child. He is not steady on his feet. He falls down frequently. Make sure he does not run with objects in his hands.

 

He helps you feed him by drinking from a cup. He makes a mess often. So put a bib on whenever you feed him. You should not discourage him simply because it means more cleaning for you. All this is educational. You should actually let him handle things. Practice makes him perfect.

 

He is very helpful when you dress him up. He takes off socks, diapers, pants and shirts. Make it a game and teach him daily grooming.

 

Your toddler has become a builder now. He can stack two blocks; one on top of the other. He explores his toys by touching, gripping, throwing and dropping them.

 

02. Psychological capabilities / milestones achieved

 

By now your toddler is capable of showing his love to you and your relatives. He plays make belief now; play- cooking in a toy kitchen, dressing up a doll etc.

 

Temper tantrums are now not as frequent as before. But he throws a tantrum if he is frustrated, does not get his way or if he is angry.

 

He cannot face any unfamiliar situation independently. He clings to you when he encounters someone or something strange. He craves your attention and tries to do new things to impress you and attract your attention. He laughs at anything silly.

 

He is now very possessive. He does not want to share his toys. He will share his toys only if forced or coaxed.

 

03. Specific ailments / medical conditions to look out for

 

It is time to give your baby his fourth OPV dose and DTP.

 

04. See your doctor if you see these symptoms

 

Severe delays in achieving milestones should alert you. See medical advice in any doubt.

 

05. Average weight and height

 

Refer to the child weight chart provided by the ministry of health before deciding whether your child is having the weight/height to match it’s age.

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