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 hand||Doesn't stand, even if supported|
|Walk or is beginning to walk||Does not try to walk|
|Sit down without help||Can'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 name||Doesn't seem to know his or her name|
|Say "mama," "dada," and at least one or two other words||Doesn't say single words like "mama" or "dada"|
|Understand simple commands||Loses skills he once had|
|Wave bye-bye||Doesn't learn gestures like waving or shaking head|
|Make a tower of two cubes by around 15 months||Shows little or no interest in toys|
|Point to objects he or she wants||Doesn't point to things|