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Months 13-15

Months 13-15

Mental Development

  • Start to understand basic instructions
  • Imitate activities
  • Attempt to touch every object within reach, because of curiosity
  • Understand that their name is unique to them
  • Use gestures to communicate needs
  • Use a few recognisable words correctly
  • Point to an object that they want

Visual Development

  • Carefully watch movement of people and things
  • Place an object in hole of corresponding shape
  •  Recognise their own face in the mirror
  •  Look and touch coloured pictures with interest

Growth

13 Months

  • Weigh about 9.2 kg if she’s a girl or about 9.9 kg if he’s a boy
  • Be about 75.2 cm tall if she’s a girl or about 76.9 cm tall if he’s a boy

14 Months

  •  Weigh about 9.4 kg if she’s a girl or about 10.1 kg if he’s a boy
  • Be about 76.4 cm tall if she’s a girl or about 78 cm tall if he’s a boy

15 Months

  • Weigh about 9.6 kg if she’s a girl or about 10.3 kg if he’s a boy
  • Be about 77.5 cm tall if she’s a girl or about 79.1 cm tall if he’s a boy

Motor Development

  • Pick up very small morsels of food using their thumb and forefinger
  • Like to touch different textures—sticky, squishy, etc.
  • Walk fairly well, though sometimes unsteadily
  • Learn to walk backward by 14 months
  • Be able to stand alone for long periods of time
  • Be able to bend over and stand back up again while maintaining their balance
  • Put an object into a container
  • Be able to lie down from the sitting position
  • Bring a spoon to their mouth, but lose some of the food

Social and Emotional Development

  • Show some signs of independence, such as self-feeding
  • Be torn between independence and clinging to their parents at times
  • Be able to indicate what he wants in ways other than crying
  • Be happy to encounter other children
  • Say “no” to you sometimes to demonstrate their new-found identity
  • Be loving and affectionate
  • Find reassurance in having parents around
  • Have a “blankey” or security object

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