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Emotional development of babies from 12-18 months

Alternative Text By: Dr. Rajiv Chhabra | August 24, 2018

When your baby reaches an age of 12-18 months, you’ll notice a considerable development in his/her social and emotional behaviour. Here are a few Social and Emotional Milestones that you can expect your baby to reach at this age:

development in his/her social and emotional behaviour

  • Loves being the centre of attention.
  • Plays best alone.
  • Dislike sharing toys.
  • Copies adult activities, such as driving a car, reading, or cooking.
  • Separates from you for brief periods of time.
  • Changes food likes and dislikes often.
  • Enjoys familiar places.
  • Boldly explores and tries new things.
  • Takes risks, if a trusted adult is present.
  • Identifies themself in a mirror or photo.
  • Hugs and kisses parents and other very familiar people and pets.
  • Want to do things independently.
  • Fight with other children while learning to share.
  • Show jealousy when attention is given to other family members.
  • Get frustrated easily (throws temper tantrums)
  • Display a sense of owning toys and people.
  • Enjoy older children but not play with them.
  • Have a security toy or blanket.
  • Waves bye-bye and notes when a parent has gone out
  • learns good eating habitsPlay and Activity

learns good eating habitsPlay and Activity

You can support your toddler’s social and emotional development by 

  • Offer choices like “Do you want to put your shirt or your shoes on first?”
  • Have happy goodbye routines when you and family members leave each other.
  • Allow your toddler to help with chores like putting clothes in the laundry basket, pick up toys, or put away clean clothes.
  • Provide regular chances for your toddler to play beside children the same age.
  • Don’t force your toddler to play with other children.
  • Play with your toddler and teach sharing.
  • Use “yes” and “no” to clearly set reasonable limits. Briefly explain your reasons and be consistent.
  • Model good manners: use “please” and “thank you.”
  • Comfort your toddler, especially when he is upset, sick, or hurt.
  • Create many happy moments, such as family meals and bedtime routines.
  • Give your toddler opportunities to feel successful.
  • Allow your toddler to play on her own.
  • Talk about emotions: “You seem to be really happy!”
  • Read stories and look at pictures that focus on emotions.
  • Talk about changes in routines.

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This content has been certified by our panelist Dr. Rajiv Chhabra

Dr. Rajiv Chhabra

20 years of experience

Consultant - Paediatric & Neonatal Intensivist Head of Department - Paediatrics Artemis Hospitals

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