Your Child's Development: 15 Monthsenparentshttps://kidshealth.org/EN/images/headers/P-milestones_development_15months_enHD_1.jpgDoctors use certain milestones to tell if a child is developing as expected. Here are some things your toddler may be doing this month.15 months, 1 year, development, milestones, baby, communication, language, skills, movement, physical development, social and emotional development, cognitive, thinking and learning, know the signs, autism04/25/201604/05/201704/05/2017Rhonda S. Walter, MD06/14/2016191036b4-cc52-41cd-b80c-df136974553ahttps://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/development-15mos.html/<p>Toddlers this age are learning to express themselves to get what they want. New verbal skills allow your little one to point to an object and say a word &mdash;&nbsp;and, in turn, you respond.</p> <p>This newfound ability can lead to <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/tantrums.html/">tantrums</a>, though, when a child doesn't get his or her way. While frustrating, tantrums are a normal part of toddler development. Help avoid angry outbursts by distracting your little one with an interesting toy or game, and keep your cool when they do happen.</p> <p>Doctors use certain milestones to tell if a toddler is developing as expected. There's a wide range of what's considered normal, so some children gain skills earlier or later than others. Toddlers who were born <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/preemies.html/">prematurely</a> reach milestones later. Always talk with your doctor about your child's progress.</p> <p>Here are some things your toddler might be doing:</p> <h4>Communication and Language Skills</h4> <ul> <li>indicates what he or she wants by pulling, pointing, or grunting</li> <li>brings objects to you, such as a <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/reading-toddler.html/">book to read</a>&nbsp;</li> <li>says 3-5 words (in addition to "mama" and "dada") and uses them correctly</li> <li>can point to a body part when asked ("Where's your nose?")</li> </ul> <h4>Movement and Physical Development</h4> <ul> <li>takes steps without support</li> <li>squats to pick something up</li> <li>begins to accept liquids from a spouted or open cup</li> <li>stacks three blocks</li> <li>scribbles with crayon on paper</li> </ul> <h4>Social and Emotional Development</h4> <ul> <li>begins to show preference for certain activities (and will resist napping if engaged in a desired activity)</li> <li>uses transitional objects (such as a blanket or stuffed animal) to self-comfort</li> <li>has strong dislikes, such as fear of loud noises or bath time</li> <li>shows affection to caregivers with hugs and kisses</li> </ul> <h4>Cognitive Skills (Thinking and Learning)</h4> <ul> <li>understands and follows simple commands</li> <li>imitates activities, such as sweeping a floor</li> <li>begins to engage in problem-solving activities, like simple puzzles</li> </ul> <h3>When to Talk to Your Doctor</h3> <p>Every child develops at his or her own pace, but certain signs could indicate a delay in development. Talk to your doctor if your child:</p> <ul> <li>doesn't use consonant sounds ("ba, da, ga") or other vocalizations to express needs</li> <li>doesn't show affection (hugs, kisses)</li> <li>doesn't show interest in other children</li> </ul> <p>Also, if you ever notice that your child has lost skills he or she once had or shows weakness on one side of the body, tell your doctor.</p>El desarrollo de su hijo: 15 mesesLos médicos se basan en ciertos hitos evolutivos para saber si un niño pequeño se está desarrollando según lo que cabe esperar. Hay una gran variabilidad en lo que se considera normal, de modo que algunos niños adquieren habilidades antes y otros lo hacen después.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/es/parents/development-15mos-esp.html/78e203d1-3b2f-4ea8-82fb-4edce44ef127
Delayed Speech or Language DevelopmentKnowing what's "normal" and what's not in speech and language development can help you figure out if you should be concerned or if your child is right on schedule.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/not-talk.html/0c41b2d1-1773-4a32-aeca-9a09589718ab
Feeding Your 1- to 2-Year-OldToddlers have little tummies, so serve foods that are packed with the nutrients they need to grow healthy and strong, and limit the sweets and empty calories.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/feed12yr.html/6bfff690-c633-480f-83f3-dcf985f77294
Growth and Your 1- to 2-Year-OldYou're in for a year of changes! Midway through this year, most babies are walking and starting to lose that "baby" look.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/grow12yr.html/9a944dd8-8e03-4289-9365-0a27de771b03
Managing Your Toddler's Behavior (Video)Learn how to encourage good behavior, handle tantrums, and keep your cool when parenting your toddler.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/toddlerbehavior-video.html/e7f45ed7-783f-47b1-a05e-c393861ccf3c
Medical Care and Your 1- to 2-Year-OldThe toddler months might continue to bring colds, bruises, and other minor emergencies, but you'll also find yourself dealing with your toddler's emerging independence.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/med12yr.html/0fead6f7-706f-4fd9-885d-cd3b62f637ad
Nutrition Guide for ToddlersWhile growth slows somewhat during the toddler years, it's a new era where kids will eat and drink more independently.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/toddler-food.html/774434a1-8fe8-4977-87c9-84f158ec4fff
Safe Exploring for ToddlersToddlers are learning to talk, to walk and run, and to assert their independence. For many in this age group, "outside" and "play" are common requests.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/exploring.html/11fb4c70-542a-47f8-a498-8a85a5ef9a1e
Sleep and Your 1- to 2-Year-OldNighttime feedings may be a thing of the past, but in this second year of life your tot might be rising for other reasons. Learn more.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/sleep12yr.html/2ae39128-646c-49f8-a688-0b4f3e97aecb
Toddlers: Learning by PlayingIt might look like just child's play, but toddlers are hard at work learning important physical skills as they gain muscle control, balance, and coordination.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/toddler-play.html/4fb8be62-1fe4-4f9f-a8ed-cff02b57f381
Your Child's Checkup: 15 MonthsFind out what this doctor's visit will involve and what your toddler might be doing by 15 months.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/checkup-15mos.html/da60925b-3140-41bf-9f0e-78922014cb52
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