15 Month Baby And Twin Developmental Milestones.
15 Month Baby And Twin Developmental Milestones.
The girls are 16 months, 1 week, & 5 days old.
Month 15, here we go! On to more fun adventures and only crazy times ahead! I found that writing each month a couple of weeks after a particular month has passed helps me reflect and see how different each month, stage, and phase truly is.
This month is a fun one. Full of energy that is brimming greater then ever. Of course, that means that dangers still lurk and I mean everywhere! Look high and low because babies at this age are getting more sneaky and impressively cunning then ever before.
1) I got toes to stand on to!
Your baby or twins are reaching for new heights..literally! They may be standing on tippy toes and reaching for things that may be dangerous to them. Be sure all coffee tables, counter tops, and dining room furniture are clear from anything that little hands and little mouths can find trouble with.
2) My how we love our bodies.
If you haven’t already, start showing your loved one(s) where their body parts are. Eyes, nose, mouth, ears, teeth, tongue, hands, toes, hair, belly button. If you have already, your toddler may be able to point to some or all of these areas for you by now. If you haven’t done this yet, it’s very fun for baby to learn, so start teaching.
They pick this up really quickly, and will soon be showing off their body parts via your command if not already. Don’t think they are too young to start learning. Read your toddler books, teach them colors, and keep their minds always working. You may be shocked at what these little, once barely animate beings, can now accomplish. It’s mind blowing.
3) Talk, talk, talk!
Your baby should be saying ‘Mama’, ‘dada’, and at least 3 to 4 other words by this point in time. Just like I said last month, those words could be anything, and can be very uncomplicated: Bye, dog, mine, more, hi, wuf-wuf, (though not technically a word), a name, etc. Their vocabularies are building every month now, and changes may be noticed even more often then that. Your child may be ahead in this, or they may move slower.
My twins each have about a 15 word vocabulary, (maybe slightly more for one, though they seem to be ahead of the game in that.) Some might still be babbling non-understandable words and just saying mama and dada. If you have any questions or concerns talk to your doctor, but don’t panic! Normal is different for every baby.
4) Babies can follow simple commands.
‘Bring me your ball.’ ‘Get mommy’s shoe.’ ‘Go get the cookie.’ ‘Give your sister a kiss.’ etc. Their brains are growing so rapidly. The things they now understand and can process readily is growing by the day. Talk a lot with your little one(s), and interact with them regularly. You will see the amount of what they understand grows and grows. They shock me at this point really!
5) They understand many objects and what they are used for.
Some examples of this are: A mop is used to sweep across the floor, and they may attempt to do so. Don’t get too excited, it doesn’t really mean they actually will enjoy cleaning and will become neat freaks. They can tell a spoon is to eat with, an outfit can be pulled out of a drawer and then put back away again.
A toothbrush is to go back and forth on their teeth, a hair brush is for combing hair, and that cool remote control with the red light that used to entice simply because of it, is now known to actually change stations and do some fun things to the television set. How cool? Better put it out of reach if you don’t want your show changed.
Oh and watch out for computer mouses. Now they may realize how they work as well, but a baby of this age loves to smash things, and your keyboard might just be in the path of destruction. Take note that whatever actions you are doing in front of them, they may try and mimic, so watch out, protect your possessions, and have fun!
6) They may be quite fond of their reflections and act in a certain way when they see themselves.
They most likely are liking what they see, and some babies who were not formally very interested in their reflections may now show a turn for the egotistical, but that’s alright, it doesn’t mean anything as far as down the line. I find it adorable. You may see them smile at themselves, look over at objects they see in the mirror then find them in real life, give themselves kisses, and try to hold their own hand. They know who they are and just how cute they are.
They notice you in the picture, and any siblings around and may really get a charge from the mirror and photographs at this time. Keep toddlers protected from the glass of the mirror, but do encourage them to explore their reverse world. They are really quite interesting .
7) Yes and no. I think I might know which it is.
Showing they approve or disapprove by shaking their heads yes and no may occur around this time. You may have seen them shake their head from side to side, but now they understand why. I will say, ‘Does Allie want to go down and walk?’ If I’m carrying her she will shake her head yes or no in response telling me what she wants to do.
This new-found ability shows you how quickly these cutie pies are growing up. They are sponges that have soaked up so much in the past 15 months, and now they start showing you all they have learned a long the way.
They might show their pleasure or displeasure by nodding their heads to a certain food, or shaking their head when being handed to another person like, ‘No I want mommy’, without the actual words. It’s really adorable, and if your toddler has yet to accomplish this task, no worries. It will be coming up before you know it. At 16 months Annie is just starting this now, while the other did this first at 15 months.
Again, do NOT compare twins if you have them, or any babies in general. Mine are so different, and one is often more advanced then the other in totally different ways, then the other will catch up and surpass the other in something else. I have learned to treat them like individuals and should I worry, that is what their doctor is for.
8 ) Play, play, play!
Your toddler now is quite active and loves to play, especially with you, but they may also now occupy themselves with toys and/or a sibling. They likely will be able to stack up a few blocks and knock them down, hide behind a certain object to play a hiding game with you, play kick ball with you by kicking a ball back and forth, and/or throws a ball to you with their hand.
They may even fetch certain items of a particular color IFthey have been taught their colors religiously by you. If not yet, no worries, just get started because they will understand now. They may even be able to put a crayon to paper and make a creation, but trust me, it will be far from a Picasso, and wont be much . Encourage them to try and hold a crayon or washable..YES i said washable marker at this point. (At any point really.) See what they can do with it.
Show them first. They now can follow by example. What you do looks enticing, so do set a good example will ya .
At this point over 90% of babies are walking. If your child or twins were born prematurely, cut them some slack of course. Their adjusted ages would be behind the average 15 month old. Even if they were born at term, don’t freak out if they aren’t walking. That milestone is likely only days to a couple weeks away now.
Do alert your doctor if your baby is not standing, cruising, and bearing all his weight on both legs by this age. If the walking has yet to begin but the things that come beforehand are in full swing, do get the house ready because this milestone is coming up and FAST!
10) Oh no you didn’t just bite the hand that feeds you..did you?
Between the ages of 1 and 3 most children will experiment with biting to some degree. This is a frowned upon behavior, and a painful one as well. It’s very daunting with twins, especially if you have one that mimics the other, as do I.
Unfortunately, we have hit this very unsavory milestone that seems to be one twin who likes to laugh like she did really good, and the other starts following along. You feel outnumbered. For a child of this age there is a limited amount of things you can do, but you can do something.
A) Sternly change your nice, normal, ‘mommy tone’, to a lower more harsh tone and sternly say, ‘NO.’ The toddler should seem caught off guard. Laughing, smiling, acting silly in any way will only cause them to further go for the blood so to speak. NO JOKES! No matter how sweet of a parent you are, this can have bad consequences and is NOT ok! Hold the child and sternly say, ‘NO’, or if you are holding the child, put him or her down and say, ‘NO.’
B) Walk away as if you are ignoring the child and the behavior for 3-5 minutes time. This may be hard but it helps them associate the behavior with a negative reaction from you. I’m on this one right now, and will let you know shortly how it works. It seems so early, but apparently it is not.
Good luck to you. Enjoy this wonderful month, and prepare yourself for the journey ahead! It comes up too soon.