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Development Milestones: Age 16 Months

See which milestones your baby should be reaching by 16 months, like walking and relaxing her grip on objects.

Wed, 22 Aug 2012|

-Mia is now 16 months old and she's become very mobile. When we compare Mia's abilities to those of a 12-month old child, we see that Mia's physical development is more advanced. At 16 months, Mia can stand and walk by herself, but she's a little unsteady and walks using high steps. When she's excited and tries to run, she'll sometimes fall. She'll walk more and more steadily as the months go by. Many children will be able to walk without support when they are 14 to 15 months old. Mia can also carry a toy when she walks. She now stands and sits back down without assistance, and she can crawl up steps. At this age group, children are very curious about their surroundings, and will want to move around quite a bit. There's always something new to investigate. You want to make sure that her environment is safe for her. This means putting a gate by the stairs, covering up electrical outlets, or child proofing drawers. Let's watch Mia as she plays with her toys. She's using her fingers more skillfully than a child who is 12 months old. When she plays with blocks, she can now build a tower, 3 blocks tall. She can now relax her grip on objects. A skill that is difficult for younger children. She can also now give an object to another person. That skill develops around 15 months. Unlike the first 12 months where children use their mouths to investigate objects, in the second year, the hands become the tools for exploring. Mia likes to use her fingers. Toys that have intricate features like shape sorting boxes are lots of fun. While Mia now has the ability to give a toy to you, it doesn't mean that she'll always do what you want. Now that she's reached this age, she's developed a mind of her own and she'll demonstrate it often. She is now making the decisions. Mia likes playing with dolls. When she plays, whether it's with a doll or another toy, like a cup, she'll imitate familiar situations. These preliminary role games will become more and more important in her immediate future. Mia likes to be with other children but she may not interact with them. Here, she's playing with a toy by herself while another child is beside her. This is normal at this age.