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At 18 months, your child is learning lots by exploring the world around them. This is a great time to go to the playground and make new friends with other children as well as spend lots of time exploring and playing.

At 18 months your child might be:

  • walking and starting to run
  • saying words and understanding a lot more
  • feeding themselves using a spoon or cup
  • recognising himself or herself in the mirror
  • playing alone, but still liking to be around familiar people.

Here are some ideas to help you support your child’s development at 18 months:

  • Take your toddler outside and look around you and talk about what you see.
  • Try out new experiences with your toddler to help them build their confident – take a ride on a bus or tram or visit a new park together.
  • Play together with books, sand, music, paint – talk to them as you go.
  • Figure out what sort of games your child likes to play – help them to explore these games.
  • Read lots of books and have conversations with your child about them. You should try to read to your child every day.
  • Praise your child when you learn a new skill, like when children feed themselves.
  • Encourage your child to meet other children at playgroup or at the playground.