Baby Developmental Milestones: 12 to 15 Months

May have started walking!

Soon after your 1-year-old is walking alone inside, you'll want to take them for walks outside. They'll need flexible shoes with non-stick soles, like sneakers. Short family walks in the neighborhood or a park will help them learn to enjoy physical activity.

Plays patty-cake and may give a "high five"

Your toddler is becoming more skilled with their hands and sharpening their hand-eye coordination. They can play patty-cake and even slap you a "high five." Introduce them to songs with simple hand motions, like "Itsy Bitsy Spider" and "The Wheels on the Bus."

Likes to hand toys back and forth

Sorting, stacking, and matching helps your toddler learn about color, shape, size, and problem solving. Let them drop objects into a container and dump them out. They'll do it over and over. Simple puzzles, sort shapers, stackers, and pegboards are other good activities.

Says "mama" and "dada" purposefully and indicates wants with gestures or grunts

Your toddler may be calling you "mama" and "dada" and saying a few other words by now. But they may still grunt or point to things they want. Gently encourage them to use words by responding to their gestures with words ("Do you want your doll?"). But don't withhold things from them until they respond.

WebMD Medical Reference Reviewed by Dan Brennan, MD on March 21, 2020



KidsHealth: "Communication and Your 1- to 2-Year-Old;" "Learning, Play, and Your 1- to 2-Year-Old;" and "Introducing Toddlers to Music."

Healthy Children: "Hand and Finger Skills: 1 Year Olds" and "Movement: 8 to 12 Months."

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