Track My Development: Toddlers 15-18 months
I am sure you now have a better appreciation for the term “baby proofing” as your toddler wants to get his hands on everything and anything! This is also a great time to watch out for ways that your toddler is communicating with you. There’s a lot he’s trying to say and he can understand simple commands as well!
- I’m not only walking but running and trying to climb different things.
- I’m moving around so much I might even get into areas I shouldn’t be exploring.
- I can hold a big crayon by now.
Sensory – Cognitive
- I like to do things over and over again, mom. I might drive you crazy by wanting to read the same book time and time again. But that’s okay; it’s how my brain is making connections.
Communication & Speech Development:
- By 18 months I can say up to 20 words.
- I try communicating with you through my facial gestures and saying a few words.
- I am able to follow simple directions like “go get your shoes.”
- love reading books— it’s how I build my vocabulary.
- I can tell you when my diaper needs changing.
- I want to do a lot of things on my own, but I still need you to be my safe base.
- I may comfort other children if I see them crying. My ability to develop empathy is very important to my social/emotional development.
- Tantrums at this stage are normal. Remember I need lots of help with this! (insert hyperlink on tantrums)
Mom, here’s what you can do for me when I’m between 15-18 months:
- Engage me in lots of sensory activities so I can use my fingers and hands to explore.
- Read and sing with me. (Reading books about feelings is also recommended at this stage. Also, label feelings often. For example: “Your brother is feeling sad because his toy broke.” Also encourage empathy: “Let’s go get your brother a book so we can read it together.”)
- Let me repeat activities; I’m still learning how things work.
- Allow me to try new things.
- Comfort me when I’m sad or upset.
- Let me help you with simple chores.
- Remember to turn off the TV and talk and sing with me. I can learn so many new words and ideas from you.
- Make time for me to run around outside on safe ground.
Talk to my doctor if by 18 months, if I:
- Do not copy others.
- Lost a skill I once had.
- Do not seem to know the function of familiar things (spoon, telephone) by 15 months.
- Cannot walk or walks exclusively on toes by 18 months.
- Do not say about fifteen words by 18 months.