Your toddler’s development: 15 months
This month, you may notice your 15-month-old is:
- Saying up to five words
- Looking at books and turning the pages
- Laughing at funny things
- Saying no and shaking head
- Following simple directions
Make bedtime a relaxed and enjoyable time of the day. It’s important to create a nightly routine and stick to it as much as possible. Your routine could include a nice relaxing bath, comfy cosy pyjamas, a light snack, teeth brushing and/or a bedtime story. At some point of your nightly routine talk to your toddler about the day and the fun you had together, then settle down for a cuddle and before putting her to bed.
Your toddler’s social development
Look your toddler in the eye, and try to make sure she makes eye contact with you when she asks for something, or says hello or goodbye to you or a visitor. These social skills will stand her in great stead for life.
Build your child’s confidence by being positive, reinforcing her good behaviour, praising her efforts to try something new and try not to criticise. Good self-esteem is vital for early learning and long term success.
Your toddler needs three times the amount of daily calories that an adult does for their size (per kg of their body weight everyday). Similarly they need much higher amounts of top essential nutrients e.g. nearly 4 times the amount of iron, 3 times more zinc and nearly 6 times the amount of calcium (per kg of their body weight), compared to an adult.
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Make time every day to read a few picture books to your toddler. Early exposure to books is a brilliant way to get her on the road to literacy, and it’s also a lovely way for you to bond.
It’s rhyme time! The rhythm and sing-song element of rhymes and songs are just what your toddler loves. Add in some actions for some real fun, and watch as your child soon copies you.