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Begins to Pretend in Play (18-24 Months)

Play begins when infants start exploring objects and, at around 18 months, evolve to using them for their intended purpose. Children may begin talking on a toy phone, pushing a pretend vacuum, or comforting a baby doll.


Haight, W., & Miller, P. (1993). Pretending at home: Early development in a sociocultural context. Albany, NY: State University of New York Press.