Learning and being able to point to body parts is an essential skill for children, and Your Child may now be able to demonstrate this sense of physical awareness.
Around 18 months of age, children have developed better body awareness and may be able to identify at least one body part, such as nose, knees, and toes. This ability allows children to point to where they’re hurting, which can help parents and doctors to care for them better when they are sick.
How to support this development
You can help Your Child in this development by making it fun for them to learn about body parts. You can use books and sing-along songs, such as Head, Shoulders, Knees & Toes. During daily activities, such as wiping the little one’s nose or going for a walk, you can also use this time to teach Your Child about certain body parts. For example, you can say: “Mommy is wiping your nose” or ”Let’s go for a stroll; give me your hand.” You can also point to different parts of your body and ask Your Child to point those parts on their little body.
Note: All children develop differently and at their own pace. For children born preterm, the referred timeframe for achieving the various developmental milestones might be incorrect.
Source: The information and graphs about when children reach specific milestones are taken from various sources, including the United States Center for Disease Control (CDC), the Denver Developmental Screening Test, and the State Institute of Early Childhood Research, Germany (IFP).
Ketsupa Jirakarn (Mental health specialist) (10 June 2021)