18 month milestone

By 18 months, most children can walk well (even backwards), go downstairs backwards on hands and knees, and roll objects on the floor.

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7-8 month milestones

From ages 7 to 9 months your baby will communicate with you through sounds, gestures and facial expressions.

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20 month milestone

By 6-20 months your toddler understanding has increased to a point where he can carry out simple requests like "Give me the Cup".

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14 month milestones

By 14 months more advanced babies will: use a spoon or fork, Matches lids with appropriate containers and pushes and pulls toys while walking.

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7-9 month Milestone

From ages 7 to 9 months most babies can roll over in both directions — even in their sleep.

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Milestone skills

Sometimes we expect our children to be more advanced than they really are.

Remember that many of the younger children can’t understand a request because it involves thinking or listening skills that they haven’t developed yet.

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Preschooler in charge

Putting your preschooler in charge of a regular, simple task will build her confidence and sense of competency.

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Is he a lefty?

Kids first start to show hand preference around age 2, though they’re likely to experiment by switching back and forth. By the time they’re 3, most are fairly consistent in which hand they use to draw, pick up a cup, reach, and wave.

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Let them do it

Resist doing for her what she can do herself. While it may be quicker and easier to do it yourself, it won’t help to make your child more self-sufficient.

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Child development chart

Know what milestones to expect from ages 2 to 5 with this child development chart.

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Toddlers dressing themselves

Involving toddlers in the dressing process is the first step towards independence. This also helps self-esteem and promotes problem solving.

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WebMD Toddler Feeding Chart

Make sure your toddler is developing correctly with the MayoClinic preschool development chart: WebMD Toddler Feeding Chart.

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