Thursday, 2 April 2015

pffft milestones

I've never followed along with the milestones charts, because I believe that babies develop at their own pace and do/learn things when they want to. Same as the Wonder Weeks app - people swear by it. Want to know why your baby is cranky and hard to settle? Check the app and they're currently in a "leap".  That explains it all. As it is based on the due date not the actual birth date, I created one for both anyway and whenever I've checked the app during the most fussy times, neither have shown that L was in or anywhere near a leap.

Well today I thought it might be interesting to check out the milestones according to Kidspot and see how behind/advanced L is, going by 15 months corrected age and 17 months actual age.

Most toddlers can:
15 months
Toddle well - not yet
Say up to five words - she can say Mum, Nanna, baa, moo, bubble, ball, bowl and is learning neigh
Look at books and turn pages - books are one of her favourite things and yes she can turn the pages
Laugh at funny things - she even does things she knows are funny that make us laugh

17 months
Start to climb and explore - no climbing but there is exploring
Respond to simple directions - she can when she wants to, ie "go and get your hat"
Enjoy certain games - she loves racing her Gramps to lay with her dollies, throwing balls out of her ball house
Play with ride-on toys - first it was pushing them around on her knees, then it was riding them pushing backwards, now she can go forwards

Some toddlers will probably be able to:
15 months
Walk well or run - no walking or running
Draw lines - I haven't tried this one yet
Say no and shake head - she doesn't say no, but she certainly shakes her head to say no
Sing songs - sometimes it sounds like she's singing making "la la la" noises
Follow simple directions - yes (as above)

17 months
Say up to 10 or 15 words - not quite (as above)
Become picky about certain foods - thankfully no! She loves all food at the moment
Experience less separation anxiety - she's never had separation anxiety
Run well - no running
Use certain words regularly - BOWL! It's her favourite word, every time we pull one out the cupboard

Some toddlers will possibly be able to:
15 months
Walk up stairs - we have no stairs and she's not walking yet
Want to help around the house - she watches her Nanna do the laundry, she's seen Nanna clean the floor so will grab something (usually my dirty knickers from the washing basket) and rub the floor with them
Walk backwards - not backwards, or forwards, or sideways
Put finger to mouth to say 'shhh' - no
Respond to verbal requests without signals of any type - yes (as above)

17 months
Talk more clearly - the words that she's learned so far are pretty clear
Kick ball in a forward direction - she can't kick but she can definitely throw
Enjoy sorting toys - she loves putting pegs or dominoes in buckets or containers, taking them out and doing it all over again
String more words together to make phrases or put together pairs of words - not yet
Brush teeth with help - she loves brushing her 3 little teeth

According to that, with the exception of toddling/walking, she is doing quite well (as I already knew!) :)

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