Fathers need to pay close attention to their baby’s growth and development. It is important to track milestones and discuss any concerns you may have with your baby’s doctors.
Daddy’s Digest has put together a list of things to look out for at the 18-month mark. Remember to always provide a safe, loving environment. It’s important to be consistent and predictable to enable your child to grow happy and healthy.
There are other developments and activities you can do with your child that are not mentioned here. This is a father-focused list and accounts for time spent and work and active involvement of the mother and other family members.
Around 18 months, your baby will need 1-2 naps per day ranging from 1-2 hours per nap. They should go down for the night between 7pm and 8pm and sleep for 10-12 hours per night. Total daily hours of sleep should be between 12-14 hours.
How You Can Help with Development
Remember that all children are different and develop at varying paces. If you do notice any of the listed concerns, we recommend erring on the side of caution and talking to your child’s doctor.
This information has been curated from the American Academy of Pediatrics and the CDC. Always consult with a qualified medical professional or childcare expert when taking important decisions regarding your child and their health.