18 Months Parenting Instructions

Parenting Tips for 18 Months of Age

Being independent and being able to walk, your child starts exploring the surroundings. This may some unique challenges to parenting practices.

Injury Prevention

  • Use toddler car seat with secure belts on backseat facing forwards.
  • Pay special attention to prevent child reaching for hot food on pans.
  • Use gate and window safety gates.
  • Keep poisons and toxic chemical locked up.
  • Make sure that the child is never left unattended in bath tubs and pools.


  • Do not rush at toilet training until the child is ready.
  • Start brushing teeth twice a day.


  • Let the child start self-feeding for some items of food.
  • Do not offer any food that the child can choke on.
  • This is the age to start family meals together.
  • Messy feeding, food refusal, and lack of consistency in feeding routines are normal.
  • Do not push to feed more food when the child refuses to eat more.

Parenting Practices

  • Start teaching the child to learn more words appropriate to express his or her feelings.
  • Devote more time to interact with the child.
  • Limit television and iPad time to a maximum of two hours per day.
  • Start implementing time-outs, etc. as a tool for discipline as it is the age, he or she starts throwing tantrums and aggressive behaviors.

Toilet Training

  • Your child is usually ready for you to begin the process of teaching toilet training. However, some children may not be ready. Do not attempt any aggressive measure at toilet training. Be patients as every child gets trained eventually. Any attempt at toilet training should be gradual eliciting co-operation and participation from your child. Any attempt at pushing any technique will end up delaying success. Use techniques of rewards to encourage participation on a gradual progression and final success. You may use the natural urge to empty after eating as a timing tool to facilitate toilet training.
  • The usual behavior problems of this age include temper-tantrums, breath-holding, head-banging, thumb-sucking and whining. Your child will grow out of it in due course.