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15-18 months

Milestones and Tips

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  What are typical milestones that 15- to 18-month-old children achieve?

Among typical milestones for this age group:

  • They say several single words.
  • They say and shake their head "no."
  • They point to show someone what they want.


  What are some tips to use when dealing with 15- to 18-month-old children?

At this age, your child is using more complex gestures to communicate with you and is continuing to build her vocabulary. She may take your hand, walk you to the bookshelf, point to a book, and say “buk” to say, “I want to read a book with you.”

Tips for 15- to 18-month-old children:

  • You can help your child talk with you when you tell her, "Show me your nose," then point to your nose. She will soon point to her nose. Do this with toes, fingers, ears, eyes, knees, and so on.
  • You can help when you hide a toy while your child is watching. Help him find it and share in his delight.
  • When your child points at or gives you something, talk about the object with her. "You gave me the book. Thank you! Look at the picture of the baby rolling the ball."


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Additional milestone resources can be found at


Early Learning Manager:

Krissy Washington
Phone: 414-475-8094
Fax: 414-475-8737

Early Childhood Supervisor/
Achievement Gap Reduction:

Allison Foyer
Phone: 414-475-8673
Fax: 414-475-8737

Head Start Program Supervisor:

Meredith Welch, MSW, APSW
Phone: 414-252-0350
Fax: 414-252-0365

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