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Developmental milestones: red flags for 12-15 months old

Developmental milestones: red flags for 12-15 months old

Your child is now a toddler. Many toddlers walk fairly well — if a little wobbly — between the first year and 15 months. They are starting to copy things they see every day, such as you talking on the phone or drinking from a cup.

As they test the world, your child will also express frustration at things that are out of his or her control, which is most everything not in reach. Your child may be able to play independently for short periods, such as 20 minutes at a time.

Below is a list of red flags to know about your child’s development. Talk to a healthcare professional if your child seems to be losing physical, cognitive, or emotional skills.

It is important to remember that this is not a definitive list, and toddlers develop according to their own schedules. If your child has not reached particular developmental milestones, there may be nothing to be concerned about, but it’s a good idea to make an appointment.

Age 12-15 months
Your baby may be able to:You may want to talk to a healthcare professional if your baby:
Stand by him or herself and walk alone or when holding one handDoesn't stand, even if supported
Walk or is beginning to walkDoes not try to walk
Sit down without helpCan't stand when supported
Begin pretend play (such as pretending to drink from a cup)Doesn't search for things that he or she sees you hide
Respond to his or her nameDoesn't seem to know his or her name
Say "mama," "dada," and at least one or two other wordsDoesn't say single words like "mama" or "dada"
Understand simple commandsLoses skills he once had
Wave bye-byeDoesn't learn gestures like waving or shaking head
Make a tower of two cubes by around 15 monthsShows little or no interest in toys
Point to objects he or she wantsDoesn't point to things

 

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References

  1. National Institutes of Health. Toddler Development.
  2. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Developmental Milestones Checklist.

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