1. Rolls Over Both Ways.
A baby at 18 months should be able to roll over both from their back to their front and from their front to their back. This is an important milestone as it helps the baby become more mobile and explore their environment.
2. Sits up Unsupported.
By 18 months, most babies should be able to sit up unsupported for a short period of time. This helps with their balance and prepares them for sitting down and crawling.
3. Crawls Well.
Babies should be crawling by 18 months old, and they should be doing it well! Crawling is an important precursor to walking and allows the baby to explore their environment.
4. Pulls Self up to Standing Position.
Most babies will be able to pull themselves up to a standing position by 18 months of age. This helps with their balance and prepares them for taking their first steps.
5. Walks Holding Onto Furniture.
Many babies will start walking by 18 months old, with some even walking independently by this age. Walking with assistance from furniture such as a table or chair is a common way for babies to start learning how to walk.
6. Points to Objects When Asked.
By 18 months old, most babies will be able to point to objects when asked. This milestone indicates that the baby is developing language skills and beginning to understand object permanence (the understanding that objects still exist even when they cannot be seen).
7. Recognizes Common Objects and Pictures.
Most babies, by the age of 18 months, will be able to recognize common objects and pictures shown to them. This indicates that they are developing their visual skills and beginning to understand the world around them.
8. Names Some Body Parts.
By the time they are 18 months old, many babies will be able to name some body parts, such as the head, eyes, nose, and mouth. This shows that the baby is starting to develop vocabulary skills.
9. Says a Few Words.
Babies typically start saying words at around 12 months old, but many will start saying words by 18 months old. Babies at this age are typically starting to develop full sentences and communicate more effectively with those around them.
10. Imitates the Actions of Others.
By the age of 18 months, many babies will start imitating the actions of those around them. This indicates that the baby is beginning to learn social behaviors and how they should behave in various situations.