The Complete Guide To Your 15 Month Old – Endless Curiosity!

By  Paula McLaren - Norland Nurse NNEB RSH | Updated - 10 May 2021

Your 15 month old is now a fully established toddler! This is a month of perfecting skills and getting ready to burst forth with new ones! 

Still into everything, those little hands will want to touch all that they see and find out what happens if they are dropped, pushed or pulled!

Their curiosity will be endless and you will need to stay on your toes to avoid frustrated outbursts.

But best of all, they will now want to be part of what you are doing so let them join in with you!

This really is an energetic and wonderful month!

15 Month Old Toddler

15 month old at a glance

Here's a quick glance of what to expect from your 15 month old toddler!

15 Month Old At A Glance

Food

Where food is concerned your 15 month old will be having 1000 calories between 3 meals a day with two healthy snacks.

Sleep

Your average 15 month old needs 14 hours of sleep in a 24 hour period with 11-12 hours of that taken at night and the rest in 2 naps during the day. Some may drop the morning nap at this stage.

Development

Developmentally, your 15 month old will be perfecting the art of walking but don’t be concerned if they are not fully fledged walkers yet.

Many toddlers will revert to crawling at this age as it may be a quicker means of them getting around. 15 month olds know what they want however their limited language skill can easily lead to them becoming frustrated.

They may also become quite clingy and need the extra comfort at bedtime of a favourite toy.

Top Tip

Copying grown ups is a delight to this age, encouraging them to help is a great way to start to teach them to help around the house in a fun way.

15 month development milestones

At 15 months, there are LOADS of developmental milestones to keep an eye out for. Here are just a few!

Fine Motor

  • Will closely inspect items and turn them in their hands
  • Will drop things to see what happens
  • Can scribble with a crayon
  • Can stack 3 blocks 
  • Will begin to drink from an open cup

Gross Motor

  • Can usually walk without support but with arms splayed
  • Can squat to pick something up
  • May be able to kneel independently
  • Will climb stairs
  • Will try to jump

Social 

  • Start to imitate activities
  • Will being to show interest in other toddlers
  • May become wary of strangers

Emotional

  • May need a transitional object for self comfort or getting to sleep such as a blanket or favourite toy.
  • Can often become clingy and even show resistance to wanting to go to familiar relatives.
  • Will show lots of affection to primary caregivers
  • May have strong reactions to specific dislikes such as loud noises 

Language

  • Will comprehend a lot more than they can verbalise
  • Will point and tug to indicate what they want
  • Will be able to point at parts of the body when asked
  • Can understand simple commands
  • Will have a 3 or 4 favourite words

At 15 months old, your toddler will love copying you and their imaginations will be blooming!

Encourage their development with certain activities such as drawing, having tea parties and playing with playdough. As their hand eye coordination and imaginations grow, you will notice them hit milestone after milestone in their emotional, physical and social development!

Milestone Checklists

Parents of children at this age may find a milestone checklist a very useful tool to track their child’s progress and it's never too late to start using one!

I am a HUGE fan of developmental milestone checklists, but I could never find one that was detailed enough for my needs... 

That’s when I decided to design my own template for my own use and it was so popular among friends and families I have worked with, I want to share it with you! This checklist is SUPER easy to use and will follow your child’s journey from birth to preschool.

It is perfect to go into your baby folder or to be stuck on the fridge!

The most helpful part of this list is that it becomes a living diary of all your baby’s milestones with dates achieved and images that you can look back on with fond memories or use for medical purposes (let's hope you never have to!). 

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15 month old weight

According to the World Health Organization, the median weight for a 15-month-old is 21.2 Lbs (9.62 Kg) for girls and 22.7 Lbs (10.3 Kg) for boys.

Obviously, this will vary from child to child and as long as your little one is gaining weight and thriving then they’re doing great.

REMEMBER

If you’re at all worried about your child’s growth and weight gain, be sure to check with your doctor as soon as possible.

15 month old sleep schedules

Your 15 month old will need between 13-14 hours of sleep in a 24 hour period which should be broken down into around 11-12 hours at night and the rest in either one or two daytime naps. 

TOP TIP

Some children of this age will drop their morning nap but many will still need two naps per day.

15 Month Old Sleep

What is a good bedtime routine for a 15 month old?

When it comes to a bedtime routine for a 15 month old the trick is as always, CONSISTENCY.

Your little one's bedtime routine should follow the same pattern and end with a regular bedtime every night.

A bedtime routine for toddlers will differ slightly from that of a younger baby as there will now be a regular teatime routine prior to bath time, but it will still follow the pattern of a bath, book, a milk feed or drink and finally, bed.

As your 15 month old will not take kindly to being whisked away from an exciting activity to have a bath... get your 15 month old ready for bed by lowering the energy after tea and avoid high energy play from this point on. Remember:

  • Having a calm teatime
  • Low energy play (if time to do so)
  • Followed by a warm and calm bathtime
  • Having an evening feed or drink sitting quietly whilst reading together in a dimly lit room
  • Alongside the above, enjoy a bedtime story, cuddle and chat in the bedroom
  • Finally, putting your toddler to bed in a dark, peaceful, cosy room. 

TOP TIP

Let your toddler have a favourite toy or blanket to keep them company when they sleep.

How much should you be feeding a 15 month old?

A 15 month old should be eating around 1000 calories per day broken down over 3 main meals a day and 2 healthy snacks.

As always, if you are looking for great recipes for your toddler, pop over to Annabel Karmel's website for an endless supply of wonderfully healthy ideas for feeding your little one. Annabel’s recipes are super easy, healthy, delicious and fun!

And for more excellent information on childhood nutrition visit Sarah Bushell's website. Sarah is very knowledgeable about child nutrition and is keen to share her knowledge with parents. She also has loads of wonderful age appropriate recipes for you to try too!

15 month old feeding schedule 

Your 15 month old will be in a well established routine of 3 meals and 2 healthy snacks per day. 

15 Month Old Feeding

They may eat well some days and not so much the next but the key is to not make a big deal when they do not. Toddlers are by nature... fussy and fady eaters.

Carry on offering them a good variety of healthy food options and they will naturally eat what they need. Avoid overly sweet and salty snacks.

Your 15 month olds feeding schedule should look something like this:

  • Wake Up - 6.30am - 7am
  • Breakfast with a milky drink - 7am - 7.30am
  • Snack with water - 10am
  • Lunch with milky drink - 12.30pm
  • Snack with water - 2.30pm
  • Tea time - 4.30pm
  • Milky drink before bed - 6.30pm - 7pm

Top Tip

Offer milky drinks with meals and not in between. Instead, offer water with snacks.

14 Best Foods For A 15 month old

Offering your little one a variety of healthy food options is important at this age. Continue to encourage them to try new foods but don’t force the issue if they show resistance.

Your little one should also be having the equivalent of 3 x 8oz cups of milk per day.

If you’re raising a lactose intolerant or vegan child, make sure you choose suitable alternatives to give to your child.

Top Tip

Remember your toddlers portion should be about ¼ of an adults

  1. Fruit - add as much variety and colour as you can to their plate!
  2. A wide variety of colourful veg - include different textures too!
  3. Avocado
  4. Regular and Sweet potatoes
  5. Eggs - scrambled or boiled
  6. Whole grain bread
  7. Chicken
  8. Fish
  9. Small amounts of red meat in home made burgers or lasagne
  10. Whole grain pasta
  11. Whole grain rice
  12. Yoghurt
  13. Cheese grated, melted or in a sauce
  14. Whole or breast milk

Avoid processed food and added sugar as much as possible.

Top Tip

Remember it is normal for your toddler to eat a lot one day and not the next. Just go with the flow and continue to offer a wide variety of fresh, whole food.

15 month old activities

At this age, your 15 month old will love to play with you and participate in what you are doing. There are lots of activities that you can do together now that will help with their overall development.

  • Play ball
  • Build wooden block towers and knock them down
  • Use simple shape puzzle and sorters
  • Draw pictures together with paper and crayons
  • Read books!
  • Create animals, flowers and magical creatures with play dough
  • Sing nursery and action rhymes together
  • Catch bubbles!
  • Invest in push and pull toys
  • Have a doll and teddy tea party
  • Encourage your 15 month old to help you with simple chores around the house

How To Support Your 15 Month Old’s Development

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15 month old day in the life schedule

Toddlers love routine so creating one for your 15 month old will not only make them feel safe and secure but allow them to thrive and develop to their full potential too. 

Ensure that naps and bedtimes are adhered to and make the most of playtime together throughout the day. 

Whether it is helping you do your chores or more concentrated activities your 15 month will embrace it all!

15 Month Old Day in the Life
  • 6.30 - 7am - Wake Up  
  • 7.00am - Breakfast with a milky drink
  • 8am - Get dressed
  • 8.30 - 10.00am - Playtime!
  • 10.00am - Snack with water
  • 10.30am - Nap time!
  • 11.30am - Playtime (this can include playing alongside you as you do some chores)
  • 12.30pm - Lunch with a milky drink
  • 1pm - Nap time! (this nap may be longer if you have dropped the morning nap)
  • 2.30pm - Snack with water
  • 3 - 5pm - Playtime including a trip out. Check out my post about Outdoor Activities For Toddlers for some great outdoor ideas!
  • 5 - 5.30pm - Teatime with a milky drink (you can save the milky drink to after bedtime if you wish)
  • 6 - 6.30pm - Bath time
  • 7 - 7.30pm - Book and bed time

This schedule is only a guideline and can be adjusted to meet your toddlers individual needs, but I would always advise keeping the bedtime ritual the same every night and ensure that your little one had enough day time sleep to avoid overtiredness.

It is exhausting being a toddler!

best toys for 15 month old

Melissa and Doug’s First Shapes Puzzle

What is it? Sturdy first wooden puzzles with easy hold knobs.

Why do I recommend it? This is a great first puzzle for toddlers. The easy to hold knobs make it ideal for toddler hands and fingers to grasp and your little one will learn their shapes too!

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Mega Bloks Building Set

What is it? A set of classic building blocks for little hands.

Why do I recommend it? All children need a set of well made building blocks and these are a great place to start. They will help develop fine motor skills, colour recognition and help with imaginative and cognitive play and will give your little one hours of fun for years to come. 

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Battat Wooden Activity Cube

What is it? A well made farm themed large wooden activity cube.

Why do I recommend it? Activity cubes are great for your toddler's development. They offer a variety of learning opportunities and will grow with your child improving hand-eye coordination, imaginative play and teaching cause & effect. This cube from Battat is quite pricey but well worth the investment.

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Vtech Drop and Go Dump Truck

What is it? A colourful battery operation dump truck that help with number and cause and effect learning.

Why do I recommend it? I am not usually a fan of battery operated toys but this simple dumper truck ticks a lot of developmental boxes. Your toddler will love pushing the balls into the hole and seeing them appear in the truck as you count and talk about colours. This is also a pull along toy to encourage walking and perfecting balance. It's a small toy with a lot to offer!

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Honey Sticks Crayons

What is it? 100% beeswax chunky non-toxic crayons.

Why do I recommend it? I love these beeswax crayons for toddlers. They are sustainably produced and toxic free. They come in the perfect size for little hands to grasp, are hard to break and come with the added bonus of smelling of sweet honey. A great crayon for introducing your toddler drawing and colouring.

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There are also LOADS of great play things in my Parenting Toolbox, so be sure to head over there and check it out!

15 month old FAQs

Below are some of the most frequently asked questions about 15 month old toddlers!

What words should a 15 month say?

Your average 15 month old will now be babbling in a more conversational way and can say anywhere between 3 to 6 recognisable words. The most common words will be 'Mama', 'Dada' and nouns for favourite items such as 'cup' or 'ball'.

They may also say 'up,' 'more' and of course... ‘NO’!

What should a 15 month old be doing?

Your young explorer will now most likely be able to hold a spoon and drink from a cup making a big mess in the process. They will want to explore every little thing as they test out what it can do. 

Your toddler will recognise themselves in a mirror and will do a lot of pointing and gesticulating to get what they want as their comprehension far outways their ability to verbalise.

This, in turn, will lead to them becoming easily frustrated if you don’t understand what it is they want or are not quick enough!

A 15 month old will also prefer adult company to that of other children and they will love to play games with you and copy what you are doing in your daily chores.

As their ability to concentrate improves, they will like to play games involving hidden objects to be found and will learn and point to body parts if asked.

What does a 15 month old understand?

Your 15 month old understands far more than they can verbalise.

They will understand simple instructions such as ‘go and get your shoes’ or ‘pick a book for us to read’. You can show them how to do something and they will copy what you have shown them.

How can I encourage my 15 month old to talk?

Talk, talk and talk some more.

The best way to encourage your 15 month old to talk is to talk to them.

Encourage communication by responding to what they say, questioning and commenting. Even if what they say is just babbling... remember that your toddler understands so much more than they can vocalise at this point, so their babbling will mean something to them.

So ask them ‘is this what you want?’ or ‘show me what you would like to do’.

Also… Read books a lot!

Reading books to your 15 month old is great for so many aspects of their development but it certainly helps with their language development.

Top Tip

Avoid using baby talk at this stage. Normal conversation is best now.

Checklist For this month:

Every month is full of surprises and being 15 months old is no different! Be sure to complete the following checklist this month as time will fly by before you know it and they'll be 16 months old soon!

15 Month Old Checklist
  • Talk and engage in lots of chat.
  • Encourage your toddler to use a cup
  • Teach your toddler body parts
  • Listen and try to understand what your toddler wants
  • Let your toddler play alone at times
  • Allow your toddler to work things out for themselves but try to avoid frustrations.
  • Put up stair gates if you have not done so already
  • Let your little one help with household chores
  • Take your 15 month old photo!
  • Read our 16 month old post to know what to expect next month!

Game of the month:

15 month old game of the month

Scarf Dancing

This is a lovely game for your 15 month old and it will improve their fine and gross motor skills as well as developing language, colour identification and develop a sense of rhythm.

How? Play the music and take a lightweight scarf in each hand and make the scarves dance.

Your toddler may just observe for a while but encourage them to take up a scarf and shake and dance with one too. 

Talk about the colours of the scarves, change the pace of the music from fast to slow and play peek-a-boo. Throw your scarf in the air and let it float down... just let your imagination run away with you!

Book of the month:

Where Is Baby's Belly Button?

What is it? A delightful interactive board book perfect for your 15 month old. 

Why do I recommend it? It is a sturdy book with flaps that your little one can lift and handle with ease. 15 month old toddlers love to learn and point, so this book is perfect for this. This is also a great book for learning parts of the body and being able to interact and point at the pages will keep your toddler hooked.

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Top Parenting Tips For The Month

Parenting a 15 month old means being ahead of the game. Their comprehension and understanding is WAY beyond what they are able to communicate... so trying to understand what your toddler wants and diverting potential frustrations will become your prime job.

However, your 15 month old is very much your partner and they will love to take part in your daily activities. Let them help, chat about what you are doing together and most importantly have fun. This is a wonderful age!

  • Talk and narrate your way through the day
  • Encourage your toddlers developing problem solving skills by doing simple puzzles.
  • Let your toddler struggle a little to solve a problem as long as it is safe
  • Read a lot of books together!
  • Start to set boundaries and be consistent
  • Divert and distract when life gets frustrating
  • Don’t stress over fussy or fady eating
  • Teach your toddler body parts
  • Give clear and simple instructions and give your toddler simple tasks
  • Let your toddler explore and learn uninterrupted 
  • Make your house and garden safe for an exploring toddler
  • Keep to a healthy and regular bedtime routine
  • Hug often!

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It is full of all my favourite products which I've tried to ensure are all non-toxic, eco friendly, sustainable and, of course, they’re all baby proof!

Be sure to read our 16 month old toddler post to know what to expect next month too!

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Teething to Tantrums Author

Paula McLaren is the founder of Teething to Tantrums and has been in the childcare industry as a Norland Nanny since 1982. Since then, her mission has been to help parents become the best they can possibly be. And each year, she continues to help more families understand their child's development, the trials and joys of parenting and of course, how to care for their little ones.

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