Intellectual Development - Language: 12 to 18 months
Intellectual Development means being able to communicate, to think both creatively and abstractly, to pay attention, solve problems, and develop keen judgment and a lifelong readiness to learn.
Emerging SkillsBegin to say several words and try to use words to describe actionsBegin to know and name familiar objectsBegin to identify pictures in booksPoint to body partsUnderstand simple requestsFollow directions without gestures (for example, "Bring me your shoes")Engage in simple turn-taking activities such as "Row-Row-Row Your Boat"
Find out more about What to Expect from your baby, 12 to 18 months.
Social Development: 12 to 18 months
Parents Can:Give their baby lots of opportunities to chat – remember it takes two to talk!
Child Will:Express her needs, interests and feelings through words, facial expressions or gestures
Parents Can:Describe their baby's feelings with words
Child Will:Know you are interested in communicating, and will gradually learn names for emotions
Parents Can:Support their baby's efforts by describing what he is good at (for example, "good climbing," "what a good builder you are")
Child Will:Feel good about his emerging skillsBegin to feel more confident
Parents Can:Invite their baby to help with simple tasks
Child Will:Know you enjoy being with him
Parents Can:Encourage their baby to try out new skills and talk about these experiences
Child Will:Have the opportunity to practice sharing feelings through sounds and gestures
Parents Can:Be attentive to their baby's cues for things that interest herComment on things their baby is involved in
Child Will:Take the lead in playing or seeking experiences she finds interestingMake connections about what she is experiencing and learn about her surroundings
Parents Can:Respond to their baby's requests, giving their baby a chance to respond back
Child Will:Keep trying to communicate and have conversations with others
Parents Can:Look at and converse about picture books and magazines
Child Will:Begin to name and point out familiar pictures in a bookIncrease his comprehension
Parents Can:Use toy telephones or dolls to support language development
Child Will:Begin to imitate words (for example, "hi" or "bye-bye")Begin to connect words with actions
Parents Can:Repeat and expand on words their baby is using
Child Will:Become familiar with more and more objects and actionsBegin to repeat words appropriately
Emotional Development: 12 to 18 months
Intellectual Development: 12 to 18 months
Intellectual Development - Problem Solving: 12 to 18 months