The child’s range of motor activities is rapidly increasing – they will try to climb on small furniture and will be able to sit on low chairs more confidently. They can manipulate a ball well enough to roll it with some precision, and some children will attempt to throw it with an overhead motion.
Now that they’ve discovered they can move objects by pushing or dragging them, they may try to redecorate the house! They will also be fascinated by the treasures around the house, and may empty drawers and containers to take out whatever is inside.
Their vocabulary is still very limited, but many children understand the meaning of over 50 simple words. They use body language to communicate more effectively. For example, they will point to an object to tell you they want it, or to indicate a preference. If they want an object that is out of their reach, some children learn to use “tools” (like a small stick) to get it.
Separation anxiety is still present in many children, which should not be a concern as it is a normal stage of development. In most cases it will begin to diminish after 18 months.