Milestones For Your 12-15 Month-Old Baby

February 8, 2023

Feeling assured that your little one is receiving the special care and affection they require to feel secure and loved, while you are at work, means everything. Parents entrust their babies to Luminous Early Childhood Learning Centers in Brooklyn and the Bronx and because they know that our well-trained, caring individuals are giving their babies loving attention and listen carefully to parent concerns.

Important indications about the development of your child can be observed through their play, learning, speech, behavior, and physical movements. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), most babies (75%) reach the following milestones by 12 and 15 months.


12 Months

  • Plays games with you, like pat-a-cake

15 Months

  • 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)


12 Months

  • Waves “bye-bye” 
  • Calls a parent “mama” or “dada” or another special name 
  • Understands “no” (pauses briefly or stops when you say it)

15 Months

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


(Learning, Thinking, Problem-Solving)

12 Months

  • Puts something in a container, like a block in a cup 
  • Looks for things he sees you hide, like a toy under a blanket

15 Months

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


12 Months

  • Pulls up to stand
  • Walks, holding on to furniture 
  • Drinks from a cup without a lid, as you hold it 
  • Picks things up between thumb and pointer finger, like small bits of food

15 Months

  • Takes a few steps on his own
  • Uses fingers to feed herself some food
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Luminous removes the hassle of arranging for tuition vouchers and helps make childcare affordable. Vouchers can help ease your financial stress – reducing the cost to as little as $1 to $50 dollars per week per child depending on eligibility. Learn more about qualifying for HRA and ACS vouchers at our seven Bronx and Brooklyn centers. Payment can also be made by SEIU/1199 Child Care, check, credit card, and through the Luminous reimbursement program. Contact Luminous Early Childhood Learning Centers at or call us at 929.228.1180.

You can check the milestones your baby has reached by the end of 9 months by completing a checklist with the CDC free Milestone Tracker mobile app, for iOS and Android devices, using the Digital Online Checklist, or by printing the checklist .