15 Month Old Baby

15 Month Old Baby

Your 15 month old baby may seem to be catching colds all the time, especially if he or she is at daycare. Unfortunately, there is not much you can do about it because most babies at this age contract colds and other infectious diseases very easily. This is partly related to their still developing immune system and partly due to close physical contacts between children at daycare. Fortunately, most of the illnesses your 15 months old baby will contract are not serious although they can cause a great deal of discomfort.

What To Expect:
At the age of 15 months, your baby will most likely be relatively self-confident walker although spills and falls will still be common. He or she will most likely add some speed too which means that you will need to be a little bit faster to catch him or her from falling. Try not be too protective though unless in environment where falls are very likely to occur such as slippery paths, uneven grounds, etc. If your baby is not walking yet, you can expect him or her to make the first step any day now. Expect your 15 months old baby to have a strong will and refusing to accept no for an answer. In fact, you may also be getting lots of “no” yourself from your baby at this age. Most babies go through the period of no-saying but you may be able to limit the amount of no you will get from your baby by reducing yours. Your baby’s speech is still limited to a few words such as mama, dada and of course, the famous no that will probably become his favorite word. He or she will learn the meaning of new words every day. The more to talk, read and sing to your baby the easier he or she will learn new words. However, do not expect to hear lots of new if any at all “decipherable“ words at the age of 15 months. Your baby will also continue to communicate by using gestures, pointing and body language.

What You Need To Know:
You may notice your baby developing an attachment to a toy or piece of clothing, want to sleep with it and use them as a source of comfort. This attachment to the so-called transitional objects is normal and there is no need to worry about it. Protecting your baby from all the germs that can cause illness is virtually impossible, especially if he or she is at daycare. If he is ill often, you should consider working on measures that will help boost your baby’s immune system and subsequently reduce the risk of colds and other contagious diseases. Offer your baby a balanced and nutrient-rich diet, make sure that he or she gets enough sleep and try to keep him or her away from sick children. You should also encourage frequent hand washing, especially before eating.

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