As a child grows, they show different changes both physically and in behavior from birth. 15 month sleep regression is a change in behavior a toddler will show. You need to know how to cope with it. Read on to learn more on how to get through this transition smoothly.
What Is 15 Month Sleep Regression?
At 15 months old, your toddler will show eagerness to learn things and get involved in activities. You are doing. The toddler’s sleep habits will start to change and may less nap a day.
Since the child is learning to walk, exhaustion is expected due to a lot of activities. The child may stay awake longer than previously from infant to 12 months.
Due to physical exhaustion and the actual learning, the child may find it hard to stay asleep for long. In some cases, the child may be having nightmares that wake her in the middle of the night.
Common Developments with a 15-Month Toddler
During your child checkups, the doctor asks about particular milestones to understand how she/she is developing. During the growth of a child, there is a standard expectation at every stage. Whenever you have concerns about how your child is growing, consult a pediatrician.
At 15 months, your child will:
Learning to Walk
At 15 months, your child can be walking along well. Else your child is learning to make a few steps unaided. Some will even be able to run and climb. Babies develop at different paces individually.
Start Using Speech
At 15 months old most toddlers can utter one audible word, e.g., mama. Many can even say two words. For some, they may have more words. Speech learning is an individual baby trait and will vary from one baby to another.
You will note the baby using familiar words referring to things. Some may be clear and others not clear but still have meaning.
Your child may also combine words and a wave to indicate something.
Teething Is Continuing
At 15 months, the first molars start to erupt. Some kids experience pain, and teething bothers them. Your child may be among the ones not concerned by teething, and you will see the new teeth.
Identifying Objects and How Their Function
Your child, at 15 months, starts to understand the use of everyday objects. Your child will be identifying some of the day-to-day activities in your home. For example, you may see your child pick a broom, try to sweep, or even put a phone on the side of her face like having a call.
Some 15 months old can even name some body parts as pointing them out. You need to train your child to identify things with their names.
You Will See Slower Growth.
In the second year, your baby will grow at a slower rate than the first 12 months. You will notice a slow increase in height and weight. Your toddler’s head circumference is also likely to be slower. During the regular checkups, your health provider will how your child is growing on the growth chart.
Behaviors You Should Expect At the Age of 15 Months
- Display irritation
- Worry due to separation
- To through items when irritated
- Climbing furniture’s
- Night wakings
How to Handle A Toddler’s 15 Month Regression
Sometimes your child will behave in ways you won’t approve of, but his an age where the toddler does not even realize they’re acting up. The child is exploring by climbing and wants to use the objects or tools within your home.
The child throws things and hits them to draw attention. A 15-month-old child may cause tantrums also to gain attention and get what she wants.
The child sleep cycles are also changing. Transitioning to one nap day may overwhelm the child.
You need to start teaching good behavior early, set boundaries, and let the child know the consequences. The tips may work well with a 15-month-old child.
- Keep things outreach that is off-limit. There is no need of keeping telling your child no whenever they touch what is off-limit. Ensure such items are kept out of reach and secure the areas you wouldn’t want your child to access.
- Set rules and their consequences when broken. Ensure you follow them. Your child will eventually stop the negative behavior when they realize it is the cause for the disciplinary action.
- Use distractions and direct your child activities. Whenever your child is acting out, distract them from the current activity. You will also need to be leading your kid on some of the activities to do.
- Be calm when handling a situation where the child is freaking out. With time the child will also learn not to act out.
- Improve the child language and vocabulary. At this age, the child is starting to understand the language. Your toddler may use substitutes for some words. You should help your child with pronunciation. Teach your child pronunciation by repeating the substitute words using the correct one. Over time your child will learn to speak correctly.
- Play with your child. Join your child during playtime. It will give you an opportunity of spending quality time together. Help your toddler to build things with blocks. You can also sing together especially rhymes having hand gestures.
- Give warm physical contact. Hugs and skin-to-skin contacts will give a 15-month child a sense of security. Consistent physical contact also increases the bonding with your toddler.
- Read together with your child. Reading with your toddler from 15 months is the best way to develop language and literacy. You will also have one-on-one time with your child when reading together.
15-Month Toddler Sleeping Routines
Enough and quality baby sleep is essential for the health and development of your child. At 15 months, your baby needs 12 to 14 hours of sleep daily, including daytime naps.
Ensure your toddler is getting enough sleep by sticking to a regular bedtime routine. The following guidelines can help your toddler acquire good sleeping habits.
Set the time and stick to it. You try to keep your child’s bedtime and naptime the same daily. By sticking to the regular clock, the toddler is more likely to become sleepy as the time nears.
Have quite a time before bed. Avoid exciting plays before bedtime. You can have storytime, a warm bath, and relaxing music to help your little one relax. The change of atmosphere will help your child to unwind and fall asleep quickly.
Allow the toddler to sleep with her favorite stuffed toy if comforting to her. The transition object will allow your toddler to fall asleep more easily. When they wake at night, they can find comfort in the object.
Do not be quick to respond. If your toddler wakes in the middle of the night, take time before answering. If your child continues with the distress call, it is time to check. Sometimes the child may return to sleep on her own but ensure to check that everything is okay.
Be patient. Before your toddler establishes good sleeping habits, it takes time. At 15 months, it’s normal for your baby to wake up in the middle of the night. Remember that your toddler is in a transition to one nap, and longer daytime naps can contribute.
Offer the extra feedings the toddler wants. The increasing growth and activities can contribute to 15-month regression. Do not be afraid to offer additional feeding at night if the baby stays awake. You may also feed her extra meals during the daytime. The regression is just temporary, and you will return to a regular schedule when your toddler adjusts.
Seek help. 15 month regression period lasts between 4 to 6 weeks. While going through it with your child, lean on other people for support, like your partner or family members. They can help you with household chores or the little one.
If the toddler shows more profound signs of failing sleep, you can seek help from a sleep consultant.
Ensure You Are Doing the Following When Your Child Attains 15 Months
- At 15 months of age, you still need to go for a checkup to ensure you take the toddler.
- According to your doctor, if necessary, for the child to get second immunizations to the infant one, please ensure you do so.
- Train the toddler to drink directly from a cup. At 15 months, you should wean your child off the bottle.
- Maintain your daily routines. It helps your 15-month child to know what to expect. Maintaining daily routines helps in preventing tantrums arising from hunger, over-exhaustion, or stimulation. In case of tantrums, be calm and try to ignore the child as best as you can.
- Create a safe play environment—erect safety gates where necessary. Join your child in play and teach them how to do things right.
At 15 months, your child is showing remarkable developments. The toddler reaches 18 months and will eventually drop to one nap a day as time goes by.
When raising a baby, you will need to adjust your routines to accommodate the toddler. You may even require changing your home layout to create more room for play. Never reward tantrum behavior but train good manners to your child early.
You will also contribute to your child speech and literacy through dialogue and reading.