At the start of the 13th month your baby can stand without support. He walks with support and takes a few unassisted independent steps. He walks a lot to gain confidence and competence in his travels. By the end of the 15th month your toddler can toddle well, walk a few steps backwards and climb stairs.
Your baby picks up food with a pincer grasp by the start of the 13th month. As 15th month passes by his pincer grasp matures to resemble an adults’ pincer grasp.
Now your toddler seems a bit naughty. He frustrates easily and he shows it as temper tantrums. He is much attached to you and hides from strangers by clinging to you. He has a good sense of humor now. He laughs at funny noises and happy games. He plays on his own for about half an hour max. He feels separation anxiety when you leave his sight for a long while a lot.
Your toddler speaks a few words like amma, thaththa, mummy and daddy. Waves Bye-Bye a lot. Experts are baffled as to why babies say Bye-Bye a lot more than Hello.
He listens to and obeys simple commands like “Clap hands”.
He tries to use common household equipment meaningfully. He picks books from shelves and leafs through them as if reading. Your toddler has little conversations with you and uses gestures to emphasize what he says, when he thinks you do not understand what he says.
Even now, common infections trouble your toddler frequently.
Fever, runny nose, cough and reduced energy are a few common symptoms.
Not achieving said milestones as expected should alert you. Excessive delays need to be assessed medically.
Refer to the child weight chart provided by the ministry of health before deciding whether your child is having the weight/height to match it’s age.