Gross Motor Development: Your Baby at 13 to 18 Months

Gross Motor Development allows a child to gain balance and bring large muscles under control in order to master physical activities such as sitting, crawling, walking, running, climbing, jumping and generally enjoy all that his body allows him to do.

Typical Skills

  • Walks alone
  • Crawls or walks upstairs one step at a time holding onto banister or hand
  • Pushes and pulls toys while walking
  • Squats to pick up toy without falling
  • Climbs on things by himself, for example, chairs, sofas, tables or out of cribs, high chairs, strollers

Emerging Skills

  • Walks down stairs holding rail – both feet on step
  • Tries to kick a ball
  • Likes to ride toys
  • Likes to run, but falls and bumps into things
  • Walks backward

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