Child Development Stage information at iVillage Pregnancy & Parenting

  • Uses jargoning (sounds like a foreign language)

By the end of month 16 a child typically:

  • Walks well
  • Drinks from a cup
  • Scribbles
  • Points to items wanted
  • Communicates affection, pleasure and excitement
  • Begins to understand limits
  • Imitates activities

By the end of month 18 a child typically:

  • Runs
  • Enjoys climbing
  • Understands some sentences
  • Points to nose, eyes and mouth
  • Walks while carrying toys
  • Says at least 15 words besides "ma-ma" and "da-da"
  • Feeds self with a spoon or fork
  • Begins to join words
  • Bends over easily to pick up toys
  • Gains some control over bowel and bladder
  • Enjoys small riding toys
  • Shows a preference for certain toys
  • Finds it difficult to share
  • Explores away from caregivers

By the end of month 20 a child typically:

  • Walks up steps
  • Speaks between 6 and 50 words
  • Refers to him/herself by name
  • Shows interest in caring for self
  • Builds a tower of two to four blocks
  • Points to one or more body parts when asked
  • Points out a pictures in a book
  • Removes some clothing

By the end of month 24 a child typically:

  • Jumps and runs well
  • Kicks and throws a ball
  • Goes up and down stairs by self
  • Builds tower using six blocks
  • Identifies two to four pictures in a book by pointing
  • Identifies one item in a book verbally
  • Speaks around 50 words (some variation is normal)
  • Can be understood half the time when speaking
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