My Toddler – Month 15


In addition to having a five-word vocabulary and being able to follow a simple direction, get ready to check off running and climbing on the milestone list, as your 15-month-old has most likely mastered the walk!

Lace up your sneakers! Walking has prepared your energetic toddler well; and her strong, little legs are ready to run. She is definitely going to take you for a jog. Everything your 15-month-old sees is viewed as an obstacle course.

If there is anything that we wish to change in the child, we should first examine it and see whether it is not something that could better be changed in ourselves.  – C.G. Jung

She will be thrilled with climbing on, running around, and crawling under and over everything, no matter if it’s a couch, chair, table, playground equipment, or even a staircase. Once she gets the hang of climbing, she will climb everything.

Your toddler likes to try to move things around, and the mighty, little 15-month-old could possibly surprise you with what she can lug around. Marvel over her new-found strength and she might even help you pick up the house, carry your purse, or carry a pile of folded towels to the linen closet.

Bellyaching, happiness, impatience, and little craving for attention … put these emotions together and you will have yourself a 15-month-old child. This month, your little one will wear his emotions on his sleeve as he tries to find the balance between being independent and still just being your baby. Let him experiment with both; it’ll give him the confidence to be a little self-sufficient, while trusting in your nurturing arms. Plus, it will give you time to hold on to your quickly growing toddler.

You are also going to notice his unpredictable display of social skills. One day, he might be interested in being in the company of other children and adults; while another day, he will prefer to play alone. Sometimes he will acknowledge another’s emotions, and other times he won’t. He is still learning to understand how he feels, which makes his fickle sociability easier to comprehend. Empathy for another’s feelings is developed and learned over time; so as he grows, help him recognize emotions and attend to them.

We spend the first twelve months of our children’s lives teaching them to walk and talk and the next twelve telling them to sit down and shut up. – Phyllis Diller

Your toddler is 15-months-old and jabbering up a storm. She only says about five understandable words; but her facial expressions, hand gestures, and various tone changes during conversations have you knowing exactly what she is saying. Keep reading and talking with her.

She knows many words, she just cannot say all of them yet; but if you give her simple directions to follow, she can prove that she knows them. Just ask her to go get her blanket or a cup, and she’ll do it. Ask her where her nose and ears are, and she will proudly point them out with her perfect, little finger. Help her enunciate and repeat words; she is anxious for the day when she can finally say all the vocabulary she remembers.


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My Toddler – Month 15

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