By now your little toddler may well be into the ‘terrible two’s’ He would most likely be running around and boy does he run!! This is the perfect time to help him be more aware of the sights and sounds and textures around him. So you can make him feel his soft cheeks and compare it with the rough scratchy daddy’s stubble. Introduce him to various scents like the scent of flowers in the air, to the smell of food on his plate. This will teach him to be more aware of the world he lives in. Your child will most likely continue the ‘world revolves around me’ attitude and will continue to be a loner, content to play with you or by himself. He may still go strong with the word ‘no’ using it at every possible opportunity.

Your baby’s development

You may notice that he some times reverts to sign language or nods and grunts rather than speak. Your little toddler will love playing games like hide and seek and pointing to objects with you and may begin to play with toys which involve stacking blocks and matching containers with lids. You may also begin to notice certain characteristics unique to your toddler, for instance he may either be very easygoing adapting to any routine easily or may be a stickler for routine. So take the effort to understand the situations your child is most comfortable and try to modify his routines accordingly. By 15 months your child will most likely be able to follow single line instructions like “Bring me that toy” or ‘Its time for a bath” etc.

Vaccinations

1. MMR  (Mandatory) – Prevents Measles, Mumps, Rubella. There might be a slight fever, joint pain, or stiffness after the vaccination.
2. Pneumococcal Booster (Optional) –  Prevents Pneumococcal disease caused by streptococcus Pneumonia.
3. IPV(Inactivated Polio Vaccine – Optional) – Prevents poliomyelitis which damages nervous system, causes muscle weakness or paralysis. This is usually given in the form of an injection.

Your life as parents

It might be a good idea to enroll your child in a play group or take him to places where she can interact with kids his age ( if you haven’t done so already) This will help him realize that playing with others can be fun too. If your child is more comfortable with nodding and grunting and pointing to objects in response to your questions, encourage him to speak by translating his grunts and nods. So if he grunts when you ask him if he wants juice or milk, respond by saying ‘Did you mean you want juice?’ Eventually he will start responding verbally.

Always show that you are interested in what ever he has to say, listen even if you are not able to fully understand what he is talking. This will encourage him to talk more. Your toddler at 15 months now begins to understand that certain objects are intended for specific purposes. So while he may still bang on the floor with a spoon, he knows that he has to use it to put food into his mouth. Help his imagination grow by playing ‘pretend games’ with him. So he can be a chef or a doctor and you can be the customer or patient; use lots of verbal and physical gestures to make it interesting. Your child will also love games of role reversal where he is the adult and you are the naughty child, for a change.

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