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1 year 3 months old

Katie de Klee
Your toddler's development, what changes to expect and some great tips for the month ahead.
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What’s happening now:
  • Favourite new word: “no”.
  • Improving vocabulary.
  • Better at playing games.
  • Learning toddler communication skills.
How your toddler is developing:
Your toddler is becoming quite the master of the word “no”. It may even be the first thing you hear in the morning. You may also find that your child uses a lot of grumpy pointing and grunting when they want something. Always deal with non-verbal demands by trying to articulate them: ask your toddler what it is they want before you hand it to them, and give them the word if they don’t know it yet. The negative attitude is just your toddler’s first attempts at independence – be as patient as possible, it won’t last forever.

Your toddler is getting better at walking and playing games now. Books are fascinating, and words that rhyme are good at holding their attention. Drawing with crayons can be very exciting.

Tips for you this month:
If you use the word “no” less it will encourage your toddler to drop it too. Instead of saying, “No!” when your toddler aims for something they can’t have, skip it and just say, “That’s mommy’s” or, “Be careful, that’s hot”. It also helps to give your toddler choices when asking if they want something. Yes or no questions will probably end in no, so try offering some variety.

If your child is still holding on to their bottle, it might be a good idea to go cold turkey and simply start giving them a cup. The first few days can be a bit tough, with plenty of crying, but they will soon get used to drinking from a cup.

Fifteen-month-old toddlers are often quite verbal. If your child is still not making much of an attempt to communicate with words and sounds, mention it to your doctor at your next check-up – your child’s development may simply be a little slower, but it’s good to rule out any other possibilities.

This month’s To Do list:
  • Measure your child when they are standing and keep a record of their height as they grow.
  • Start singing some simple songs to your toddler and encourage them to join in, even if they don’t know the words. Songs can be an easy way to expand vocabulary.
  • Buy a book of children’s poems – your child will enjoy the rhymes.
If you have 5 minutes…
Mom’s top tip.
If you know you’ll be spending time outside with your toddler, don’t forget to put sunscreen on before you get them dressed. That way you know they’re covered and you can just reapply the sunscreen to exposed skin later on if necessary.

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