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Your 15 – 18 month old – toddler development guide

Toddler drawingHaving spent the past few months learning to walk (and maybe even run) your little one is ready to tackle the next big challenge – talking!

In fact, your baby may even be talking already – you just can’t understand him. Take notice to see if he is saying the same word for the same thing, even if that word isn’t making sense yet.

In the next few months he will probably learn between 6 and 20 recognisable words, although he understands many more (test this theory by naming body parts to see if he points to the right ones). At first his pronunciation will be pretty bad and often only you will understand him.


Crack out the fridge magnets and get ready to hang some baby artwork. Your little one can probably hold a crayon in his fist and scribble on some paper – a little Picasso in the making, I’m sure!

She will also be starting to engage in imaginative play and will start to imitate things that you do like talking on the phone or brushing your hair.

If you haven’t already got some building blocks now might be a good time to invest in some. Your toddler will like to build small towers and will LOVE to knock them down again.


In these next three months your toddler will probably be starting to drop to just one day sleep. As they get older they will be able to stay away longer and may have that one nap after lunch.


Your baby will also love making a mess at mealtime. He is keen to feed himself with a spoon and will enjoy squashing him dinner as much as he will enjoy eating it (maybe more). Don’t stress too much about the mess – it is part of his learning experience and he’ll grow weary of it soon (-ish). Also be surprised if your baby becomes a fussy eater in these coming months.


Vaccinations are due when your baby is 18 months old. Make an appointment with your GP or your local immunisation clinic.

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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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