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Developmental Milestones: 12 to 15 Months

During the toddler years, development milestones will vary widely from child to child. Unless your toddler lags in several areas or is more than a few months behind in any one area, there is little need for concern. Also remember that premature babies may reach milestones slightly later than a child who is born full-term, and that by age two, they will even out developmentally. Below is a list of general developmental guidelines for an average healthy child between the ages of 12 and 15 months old.

By month 12

Most toddlers are able to:
  • imitate the sounds and activities of others
  • babble different word-like sounds
  • indicate wants with gestures other than crying
  • clap hands and bang objects together
  • say one word other than “mama” or “dada”
  • crawl well
  • walk holding onto furniture well
  • pull off socks
Some toddlers are able to:
  • say two or more words other than “mama” or “dada”
  • take a few steps
  • understand simple instructions
  • test parents’ responses to certain behavior
  • stand well
  • walk with help
  • shake head to say “no”
A few toddlers are able to:
  • walk well
  • scribble with markers or crayons
  • say three or more words other than “mama” or “dada”
  • respond to command without gestures
  • babble and make foreign language-like sounds
  • drink from a cup independently

By month 13

Most toddlers are able to:
  • say two or more words other than “mama” or “dada”
  • stand well
  • bend over to pick up objects
  • take a few steps
  • walk with help
Some toddlers are able to:
  • drink from a cup independently
  • say three or more words other than “mama” or “dada”
  • respond to command without gestures
  • scribble with markers or crayons
  • hold out arms or legs to help you dress them
  • enjoy gazing at their reflections
A few toddlers are able to:
  • lift slightly heavier objects
  • roll a ball back and forth more actively
  • combine words and gestures to make their needs known
  • walk well

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