Melody’s Milestones

My daughter at 13 months is chaning and growing smarter each and everyday. This is a wonderful thing to be able to experiance, except for they days when she attempts to climb the bookshelves and hide my hair brush in random places ( thankfully not the toliet, yet).

I was checking out the milestones for 13-18 month old children and I’m going to highlight (in RED) in the chart below what my daughter has already accomplished:

Child’s Age

Mastered Skills (most kids can do)

Emerging Skills (half of kids can do)

Advanced Skills (a few kids can do)
13 months • Uses two words
• Bends over and picks up an object
• Enjoys gazing at his reflection
• Holds out arm or leg to help you dress him
• Combines words and gestures to make needs known
• Rolls a ball back and forth
14 months • Eats with fingers
• Empties containers of contents
• Imitates others
• Toddles well
• Initiates games
• Points to one body part when asked
• Responds to instructions (e.g., “give me a kiss”)
• Uses a spoon or fork
• Matches lids with appropriate containers
• Pushes and pulls toys while walking
15 months • Plays with ball
• Uses three words regularly
• Walks backward
• Scribbles with a crayon
• Adopts “no” as his favorite word
• “Helps” around the house
• Puts his fingers to his mouth and says “shhh
16 months • Turns the pages of a book
• Has temper tantrums when frustrated
• Becomes attached to a soft toy or other object
• Discovers the joy of climbing
Stacks three blocks
• Uses spoon or fork
• Learns the correct way to use common objects (e.g., the telephone)
• Takes off one piece of clothing by himself
• Gets finicky about food
• Switches from two naps to one
17 months • Uses six words regularly
• Enjoys pretend games
• Likes riding toys
• Feeds doll
• Speaks more clearly
• Throws a ball underhand
• Dances to music
• Sorts toys by color, shape, or size
• Kicks ball forward
18 months • Will “read” board books on his own
• Scribbles well
• Strings two words together in phrases
• Brushes teeth with help
• Stacks four blocks
• Throws a ball overhand
• Takes toys apart and puts them back together
• Shows signs of toilet training readiness