If you check “No” to any of the following questions, contact your Public Health Nurse at 250-850-2110. It’s never too soon to make sure your child is on track.
Follow something that is moving with her eyes? (For example, does your baby watch you move a favorite toy gently back and forth in front of her eyes?)
|Look up when her name is called?|
|Use her voice to show feelings? (For example, squeal with excitement or grunt in anger)|
Seem to understand some words? (For example, daddy, bye-bye)
|Take turns “talking” with you? (For example, you say something, then your baby babbles something back to you)|
|Eat soft food from a spoon or from your fingers?|
|Roll from back to tummy or tummy to back?|
|Pat and pull at your hair, glasses and face?|
|Sleep and feed at set times?|
|Look for a toy when it is dropped to the floor?|
|Tell strangers apart from familiar people? (For example, reach out for familiar people, but not for strangers)|
|Babble and turn to look for a sound or voice?|
|Have eyes that move together and eyes that can move freely in all directions?|
|Sit with support or propped on hands, holding her head steady?|
|Put some of his weight on legs when standing on flat feet?|
|Reach and grab toys, move things from one hand to another?|
|Show that he likes close family members, friends and caregivers and knows who his primary caregiver is?|
|Respond to your soothing and comforting. Like being touched or held?|
Show a wide range of feelings? (For example, shows feelings that are happy, excited, sad, angry, frustrated, surprised)
|Enjoy games like peek-a-boo and pat-a-cake?|
* Starred items may not be common to children in all cultures. Pleasefor a discussion of what this star might mean for Aboriginal children.
Activities to Encourage Development:
- Play simple games and rhymes with your child (like peek-a-boo).
- Read picture books.
- Sing songs to him.
- Allow floor time in different positions (back, tummy, side).
- Allow your baby to learn to move through rolling and crawling.
- Talk to your baby, listen to him as he talks. Imitate sounds he makes.
- Respond to your baby’s cries with a soothing voice and comfort him.
- Begin to introduce solid foods in the form of infant cereal and mashed or puréed vegetables and fruits.
- Introduce a drinking cup at this age.