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Your 12 – 15 month old – toddler development guide

Toddler first stepsBye bye baby and hello toddler!!

Your baby is now officially a toddler – an exciting time for them and an exhausting time for you.

Everything will excite a young toddler, who can now explore the world from an upright position. They can get around faster these days which means you’ll need all your energy to make sure you get there first!

Your toddler’s physical growth will slow down but their mental growth and language skills will take off. He will start to play more complex games and will use a lot of non-verbal communication, especially pointing, to let you know what he is thinking (or wanting to eat).

By the time your little one turns 15 months old, she will probably be walking alone – with legs apart and arms held high to maintain balance. She can get up to her feet using her hands to push up.

You might have some toddler teeth on the way soon too. So look out for teething signs – sorry it isn’t over yet!!


A good present for a one-year-old is a four-wheeled riding toy. By 15 months of age they will probably be able to ride it and push themselves along but until then they will enjoy using it as a push toy.

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Please note: All children are different, these are generic guides and aren’t a substitute for professional medical advice. If you have any concerns, don’t hesitate to contact your health care provider.


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