This week's developmental post is focused on the developmental milestones of preemies who are 12-15 months old. Previously I have done posts for 9-11 months, 6-8 months old, 3-5 months old and 0-2 months old.
- Can walk alone
- Creeps up stairs
- Squats when playing and then resumes standing
- Turns pages of a board book
- Stacks things
- Takes the lid off a container (box, tub)
- Combines related objects in play (spoon in cup, man on truck, doll on bed)
- Initiates ball play or other social game
- Imitates adult in simple task (wipes table, dusts, sweeps, etc.)
- Child's babbling sounds like a sentence of real words intonation
- Uses two single words meaningfully
- Follows a simple direction
- Points to a body part or familiar toy on request
Ways to encourage development:
- When reading a book - encourage your preemie to turn the page
- Put items inside a clear container with a lid and encourage your preemie to take the lid off to get the toy
- Encourage pretend play with items that go together - when "feeding the doll" stir the food in the cup and then feed the baby, put a driver in the truck before it drives away, etc.
- Let your preemie "help" with household tasks like dusting, cleaning tables/cabinets, putting things away, etc.