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Baby Development Stages: Your Baby's Phyical Development In His Second Year

Aug 17, 2007
It is very exciting to watch your baby grow and learn as he passes through all the baby development stages of his second year. During this time your baby will start to lose his baby chubbiness as he grows longer, leaner and more muscular. By the time he reaches his second birthday he will be roughly half his future adult height.

Baby development stages: 13 to 15 months
By this age your baby will be able to pick things up between his finger and thumb and will be able to grasp two small objects in one hand. He will be able to clap hands and be able to place one building block on top of another. He will also enjoy trying to feed himself with a spoon and given a crayon, try to make marks with it on paper (or the wall so watch out!). He will be able to get into a standing position, with support and should be able to take a few steps as he toddles between supports, although walking can actually occur anytime between about 9 and 15 months (I have heard of a baby walking at 6 months but this is extremely unusual). He may also have great fun taking off his shoes and socks.

Baby development stages: 15 to 18 months
During this time your baby will be able to get into a standing position on his own and will be able to be able to walk without trying to reach a support with his elbows held high. He might enjoy climbing and should be able to negotiate stairs if you teach him how to crawl down backwards.

Baby development stages: 18 to 20 months
At 18 to 20 months your baby will be walking quite steadily and his arms will have dropped down. He will start trying to walk sideways or backwards and may try to run and also walk up the stairs. He will be able to feed himself quite well now with a spoon and will be able to build towers of four or five blocks. He will like looking at books and be able to turn the pages himself.

Baby development stages: 18 to 20 months
At this age your baby will be able to reach down and pick something up off the floor without losing his balance. His grip will be quite strong now and will be able to turn door knobs and twist off loose lids. He should also be able to kick a ball and if he's running he should be able to suddenly veer off in a different direction or stop suddenly without falling over.

Your baby will be 'into' everything in his second year so you must be aware of safety in the home and take any necessary precautions. However it a great time in terms of the various baby development stages he will pass through so enjoy it.
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Lisa Davies is a writer and mother of two.
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