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Sleepy-Time and Nap Issues

Month 15

Here are some tips on toddler sleep habits:

  • Your 15-month-old can -- and should -- sleep through the night. If she isn't, ask your pediatrician.
  • Toddlers need about 12 to 14 hours of sleep.
  • Kids who wake up groggy aren't sleeping enough.

After chasing your toddler around the house and yard all day, your child's naptime is a well-deserved luxury for you. It's a chance for you to catch up with friends, read, or just rest.

Your Toddler's Development This Month

If it seems like your toddler is into everything, it's because she is. Her hand-eye coordination is getting more precise every day, letting her pick up, throw, and fit objects together.

Fifteen-month-olds explore with their hands by:

  • Turning dials and knobs
  • Stacking blocks and knocking them over
  • Putting toys into holes or boxes
  • Rolling balls

It's up to you to make sure those curious hands don't wander into something dangerous, like an open outlet or hot oven.

Right now your child is exploring equally with both hands. By the end of her second year, she may start to favor the right or left hand.

Month 15 Tips

  • Establish a nightly bedtime routine. Start with a warm bath followed by a soothing story and some cuddle time.
  • At this age, it's OK to let your child cry it out in her crib for a little while -- after you've determined that she isn't sick, hungry, or uncomfortable.
  • Encourage downtime by putting your child in a quiet, dark room and turning on soothing music.
  • Give your child toys that help her learn how things fit together, such as easy puzzles and shapes sorters.
  • Make sure your child gets enough calcium needed for strong bones by giving her plenty of milk, yogurt, and cheese.
  • Watch out for foods that can choke a toddler, like grapes, popcorn, hard candies, and hot dogs. Cut foods into small pieces that are easy for your child to manage.
  • Chasing after a toddler all day can really wear you out! Make sure you set aside time to recharge.

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