What Your Child Should Be Doing
How You Can Help
- Grasps small objects with thumb and index finger.
- Sits well without support.
- Stands alone for a brief time.
- Walks while holding onto furniture or your hand.
- May walk without help.
- Looks at object when you ask, “where is ___?”
- Turns pages in stiff cardboard book.
- Says “mama”, “dada” and at least one other two-syllable word.
- Points to something when she wants it.
- Understands simple commands.
- Shows affection to familiar adults.
- Can clearly express pleasure, anger, excitement, joy, sadness, and disappointment.
- Shows anxiety at separation from parents
- Copies adult sounds and actions.
- Bounces or jiggles in time with music.
- Looks for an object that she watched fall out of sight.
- Begins to understand that his action makes something happen – i.e. pushing a ball makes it roll away.
- Offers toy to you if you hold out your hand and ask for it.
- Helps you dress him by lifting foot for sock, shoe, or pants leg.
- Provide toys she can grasp, roll, pick up or pull.
- Play word games with her hands and fingers, feet and toes – “This little Piggy ”--etc.
- Provide space for crawling and firm objects on which he can pull himself to standing.
- Allow her to practice climbing in a safe area by putting a gate at the third step.
- Provide suitable toys for banging, throwing, squeezing, etc.
- Provide large containers into which she can place and remove things.
- Supply sturdy books or old magazines with bright pictures so she can turn pages herself.
- Talk to him using simple sentences about his clothing, his food and himself.
- As she begins to make sounds more like the words you use, repeat them for her often.
- Read simple stories aloud before bedtime.
- Let her see and manipulate simple and safe mechanical devices – off/on switches, simple pop-up toys, bathtub plugs, etc.
- Play simple games such as “hide-and-seek” with people and toys.
- Present foods she can feed herself, making allowances for some messiness
- Prevent accidents. Keep small, hot or sharp articles and all medicines, cleaning products and chemicals out of reach