An Exciting Time in Parenthood - 16 Month Baby Milestones

Submitted by Pregnancy and Baby Care team on August 12, 2012

The presence of a baby can truly change lives. As busy as parents may be, they always take time to monitor the baby milestones that their child has crossed. The eagerness that babies display to learn new things is what truly promotes growth and development. Their sense of adventure can really be contagious at times. The baby milestones that you observe, in the context of your child's growing mental abilities, is also accompanied by rapid physical growth. By the age of 16 months, a baby has already mastered the art of sitting up on his own...

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...and standing without support. Most babies can also walk without support while some are still not confident enough to walk on their own. These are important 16 month baby milestones In addition, some babies learn to climb the stairs by the time they are 16 months old. Speech development is another 16 month baby milestones and babies are constantly trying to speak. They also seek attention. Baby milestones at 16 months also bring in possessiveness or the "mine" feeling. They understand the difference between their things and things that do not belong to them. They develop a strong liking for some things like a 'favorite' toy or story book. Very few babies actually share their favorite things with others readily. The thought of sharing the people close to them is almost unthinkable. They grasp objects and are even able to flip through the pages of books. Colorful pictures attract their attention and arouse their curiosity. They love playing games like peek-a-boo and catch-catch. With improved finer-motor skills, many children begin to stack blocks or arrange hoops. They may also scribble with a crayon. Imitation is another loved activity. They can also walk backwards at this stage. Some babies can match shapes and objects together, like the lid of a bottle. Many babies attempt to eat on their own as well and can use a spoon and fork with some level of clumsiness. 16 month baby milestones include the child's respond to instructions and they may even throw tantrums when things are not done their way. This is generally the phase when the answer to everything is a firm "no".

Separation anxiety is a part of growing up and most children this age do not like to have their parents out of their sight. However, the saying 'Out of sight, out of mind' also holds true as after the initial separation stage, the toddler finds something that interests him and he will gradually get engrossed in it and settle down. Allowing children to explore for themselves results in babies growing into independent children and the surge in exploratory instincts is one of the important baby milestones. Paying close attention to the needs of your baby also helps in promoting development while strengthening the parent-child relationship.

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