Growth & Development
MONTH 15 - What's Going On This Month?
Says one or more words.
Likes to imitate activities.
Picks up object from standing position.
Adds gesture to speech.
Begins to experiment through trial and error.
Climbs stairs with assistance.
Begins to use more objects conventionally (for example, may put comb in hair).
Walks well; stoops and recovers objects from the floor.
Your toddler is gaining more independence every day.
S/he may show jealously of others who get attention especially siblings.
S/he likes to do things by him/herself and may become a little bossy and resist your suggestions.
Caring For Your Baby
Take your toddler to your baby’s doctor or nurse for a 15-month well-child checkup and shots.
Ask your doctor or nurse about when and how to toilet train your child.
To make bedtime easier, keep to a regular routine.
Between 15-18 months, your baby should get the DTaP vaccine.
Keeping Your Baby Safe
To prevent drowning, never leave your child alone in the bathroom or near a bucket of water.
Remember to cut foods into small pieces, no larger than the tip of your little finger.
The shape of food is important. To prevent choking, don’t give your toddler small round pieces of food such as candy, nuts, seeds, popcorn, raisins or raw carrots.
Your toddler should be off the bottle by now, so serve whole milk in a cup.
It’s normal for toddlers to eat less and for their appetites to change from day to day, so serve a variety of foods in small amounts, but remember your toddler may refuse to eat new foods or even favorite foods.
Growth and Development Activities
Encourage your child to repeat one- or two-word phrases that you say such as bye-bye.
Help your child make music with items such as spoons and pots.
Have your child point out objects and say words.
Teach your child the names of body parts as you bathe and dress him/her.
Let your child try to undress by him/herself.
Show your child how to use a spoon.
Show your child how to feed, love and care for a doll.
Take your child to the zoo or park and talk about what you see.
Give your child pull toys to play with while walking.
Teach your child to throw and catch a soft or light weight ball or beanbag.
Because your toddler is so busy and is often frustrated, s/he will need a lot of comfort and reassurance. S/he will need your warm voice, a hug and comfort.
Information adapted from the following Resources:
- Iowa Early ACCESS Developmental Wheel- Developed with IDEA
- Ohio Department of Health website (www.ohiohelpmegrow.org)
- Normal Development articles written by Donna Warner Manczak, Ph.D.,M.P.H. and Robert Brayden, M.D. Published by McKesson Health Solutions LLC
- Extension website – Family/Parenting resources (www.extension.org/parenting)