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What do you need to know to care for your 15 months old baby?

By Medically reviewed by Dr. Duyen Le

Development & Behavior

What should my toddler be doing right now?

Your child is now 15 months. By now he may be walking or taking his first steps. Make room for him to walk. It’s ok if he falls. This is how he can learn and adapt to his environment. You can help have him push a box or a stroller. This will help him develop his motor skills.

You may see that your child is becoming more independent. He may want to sit with you at the dinner table, instead of in his highchair. You may also experience some power struggles. This is most common when you are trying to get your child to change his diaper, brush his teeth or sit in his car seat. Don’t get too upset. Your child is expressing his independence. The most important thing to do is to do not lose your cool. Stay calm and try to rephrase your demand into a question. For example instead of say “Go brush your teeth!” you can say “Let’s do something fun. We can go brush our teeth together.” You will see a change in mood.

When your toddler at 15 months, you may also do the following:

  • Say at least three words;
  • Understand simple commands (“no,” “please give me”);
  • Point to a body part;
  • Scribble with a crayon;
  • Throw a ball, run, climb;
  • Walk on her own; 

What should my toddler be preparing to do?

The best way to support your child’s development is to constantly read books for your child. While some kids can sit still at this age, others cannot, so do not give up hope if your toddler is too wiggly to settle in for a reading session. Be persistent. Keep introducing your child to books and eventually he will love sitting and listening to stories. In the long run, reading is likely to be one of the most rewarding activities the two of you share. Toddlers often want to hear the same story again and again. Repetition helps them learn the words, and familiarity with the story – “Aha! I knew that would happen!” ­– is reassuring.

If your child has a reserved personality, resist labeling him “shy.” She may be slow to warm up to others, but most toddlers sometimes act shy, especially in new situations. Separation anxiety can afflict the sociable and bold as well as their more timid peers.

In stressful social situations, let him know you understand. Hold his hand and say “It is noisy at this party, isn’t it?” Give him extra time to warm up without pushing, and praise him when he is sociable rather than pointing out times when he is reserved. To encourage your child, you should buy a ball, throw the ball away and when the ball rolls back to you, show your child how to catch the ball. He may not catch the ball all the time, but he will feel happy while chasing after it.

To prevent biting from becoming a habit, first turn your attention to the child who was bitten and make sure he is okay. Stay calm with both children. There is little to be gained by yelling at or punishing the biter, who was overwhelmed by emotions he found hard to control. In fact, the biter may be crying harder than the bitten. Simply say “no biting” and redirect him. Take note of what was happening at the time of the incident. Was your child being threatened or was her space being invaded? Is it close to nap time? You may be able to head off trouble if you know what the triggers are.

Doctor Visits:

What should I discuss with my doctor?

It is time for your child’s 15-month checkup. Your doctor may ask the following questions:

  • How’s your child’s appetite? How many meals and snacks does he have a day?
  • Is his bowel movement regular? Do they change with certain foods?
  • What is her sleep and nap schedules like? Children 1 to 2 years old still need 13 to 14 hours of shut-eye a day.

These questions will help your doctor assess his development and health. You should discuss any additional concerns you may have.

What should happen to my toddler when I visit my doctor?

During this month, your child may have a growth spurt. At 15 months your child may measure at:

  • Weight: 9.2kg to 13.6kg (boys), 8.6kg to 12.5kg (girls);
  • Height: 74cm to 84cm (boys), 73cm to 83cm (girls);
  • Head circumference: 45cm to 50cm (boys), 44cm to 48cm (girls);

Growth chart will show you the general view of physical development of your child.  The pediatrician will weigh and measure the height and head circumference of your child to make sure he is growing at a healthy and steady rate, see how his measurements stack up against other 15-month.

What to expect

What health concerns should I expect?

You may be concerned about how to handle your child being a bitter. This is of course not good behavior. The reason why your child may be biting is that he feels threatened. He doesn’t know how to communicate. The most natural instinct is to bite.

The best way to handle this is to first make sure the person your child bit is ok. Then firmly tell your child “no biting.” There’s no need to yell. He can tell by your tone it is bad behavior. Then try to understand why your child feels threatened. Sometimes the biter is crying more than the one who’s bitten. Don’t try to bite your child to show how it feels. I sends a confusing message that biting is ok.

Hello Health Group does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

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