15 Months

What Most Babies Do by This Age


  • Copies other children while playing, like taking toys out of a container when another child does
  • Shows you an object she likes
  • Claps when excited
  • Hugs stuffed doll or other toy
  • Shows you affection (hugs, cuddles, or kisses you)

Problem Solving

  • Tries to use things the right way, like a phone, cup, or book
  • Stacks at least two small objects, like blocks

Language and Communication

  • Tries to say one or two words besides “mama” or “dad,” like “ba” for ball or “da” for dog
  • Looks at familiar object when you name it
  • Follows directions given with both a gesture and words. For example, he gives you a toy when you hold out your hand and say, “Give me the toy.”
  • Points to ask for help or to get something


  • Takes a few steps on his own
  • Uses fingers to feed herself some food

Tips and Activities: What You Can Do for Your 15 month old

As your child’s first teacher, you can help his or her learning and brain development. Try these simple tips and activities in a safe way. Talk with your child’s doctorand teachers if you have questions or for more ideas on how to help your child’s development.

  • Help your child learn to speak. A child’s early words are not complete. Repeat and add to what he says. He may say “ba” for ball and you can say “Ball, yes, that’s a ball.”
  • Tell your child the names of objects when he points to them and wait a few seconds to see if he makes any sounds before handing it to him. If he does make a sound, acknowledge him, and repeat the name of the object. “Yes! Cup.”
  • Find ways to let your child help with everyday activities. Let her get her shoes to go outside, put the snacks in the bag for the park, or put the socks in the basket.

Developmental Milestones