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 SkillsFind an object by looking in one or two places – realize things exist when they are out of sightAttempt to complete simple shape board puzzlesLearn by trial and errorBegin to solve simple problemsPull a string to get a toy closerBegin to understand functions of certain objects (such as a spoon or a cup)
Find out more about What to Expect from your baby, 12 to 18 months.
Social Development: 12 to 18 months
Parents Can:Look for favourite toys together
Child Will:Enjoy spending time with youBegin to understand that even if things are out of sight, they still existShare the pleasure in searching for a toy or object with you
Parents Can:Provide comfort to their baby when she appears frustrated
Child Will:Feel safe and secure knowing you are there to helpLearn to soothe herself when distressedBe confident in your willingness and desire to solve the problem or eliminate the frustration for her
Parents Can:Provide toys with wheels that can be pulled by a string. Encourage their baby to see what happens when the string is pulled
Child Will:Enjoy his ability to pull toys where he wants to goBegin to understand cause and effect – when the string is pulled the toy movesBegin to think about how his actions can be used to make changes with objects
Parents Can:Play hide-and-seek with objects by first placing a ball under one container and shuffling the other containers aroundHide objects that have a sound, such as a ticking alarm clock or small tape recorder
Child Will:Begin to develop a sense of object permanencePractice searching for hidden objects by remembering which was the first hiding placeLearn to find things by listening for the sound
Parents Can:Provide any series of containers that can be nested one inside the other
Child Will:Learn about the size and relationships among objectsPractice solving problems through trial and error experimentationBegin to think about how her actions can influence what happens to objects
Parents Can:Together with their baby, sit down and attempt a simple puzzle with one or two large pieces
Child Will:Enjoy playing with youBegin to experiment with different shapes and sizesHave the chance to use trial and error to solve a simple problem
Parents Can:Cut a square hole in a shoebox cover or a circle in the lid of a yogurt container, and give their baby a square block or a small ball of yarn to insert in the "puzzle board"
Child Will:Start to notice the differences between shapesStart to match one or two shapesPractice object permanence in another variation, as the block disappears into a container under a lid
Emotional Development: 12 to 18 months
Intellectual Development: 12 to 18 months
Intellectual Development - Language: 12 to 18 months