July 02, 2015

Q: When will my child be able to name and point to his own body parts?

A: Remember all those choruses of "head, shoulders, knees, and toes" you've sung to your child? Between 15 and 18 months it will finally start to pay off. As your toddler's word comprehension and memory develop by leaps and bounds, he'll be able to start pointing to body parts as you say them, even if he can't name them himself yet (that will probably begin around age 2). Build your child's vocabulary by naming his body parts during your daily routines like bathing, dressing, and diapering. It's also a great idea to point out and name objects you see regularly when you go for a walk in your neighborhood. --Leslie Gross Klaff

Copyright 2007. Used with permission from the December 2007 issue of Parents  magazine. Updated 2009

Answered by Parents Team


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