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Growth & Development

Gross Motor Development

Normal Development:

  • Throws ball (9–18 months)
  • Walks alone (10–14 months)
  • Walks sideways (10–20 months)
  • Walks backward (11–20 months)
  • Stands on one foot with your help (12–23 months)
  • Walks up and down stairs with help (12–24 months)
  • Stand on his tiptoes (17–26 months)


What You Can Do:

  • Give your child a cart to push (toy strollers, shopping carts, etc.)
  • Help your child climb up and down stairs
  • Dance to music. Encourage your child to bounce, sway, and wiggle
  • Use push and pull toys
  • Throw and kick a ball
  • Climb
  • Practice balance by standing on one foot.


Our Advice:

  • Whenever possible, let your child walk around indoors without shoes and socks.


Try not to compare yourself to other parents, or your child to other children. Every family is different!

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