If you have concerns about your baby's development

It is important to keep in mind that development is a journey, not a race. But if you are worried, there is lots of support available. You can talk to a Maternal and Child Health nurse or call the Maternal and Child Health Telephone Line to access reliable information at any time of day or night.

You should talk to your Maternal and Child Health nurse if at two weeks old your baby is:

  • not making any sounds
  • not feeding well.

You should talk to your Maternal and Child Health nurse if at four weeks old your baby is:

  • not making any sounds
  • not beginning to watch faces
  • not responding to bright lights
  • not moving both arms or legs.

You should talk to your Maternal and Child Health nurse if at eight weeks old your baby is:

  • not making sounds
  • not beginning to smile
  • not looking at you in the eyes.

You should talk to your Maternal and Child Health nurse if at four months old your baby is:

  • not responding to noises
  • not making any sounds
  • not enjoying eye contact with you
  • not lifting their head.

You should talk to your Maternal and Child Health nurse if at eight months old your baby is:

  • not enjoying eye contact with you
  • not interested in sounds
  • not babbling
  • not able to roll.

You should talk to your Maternal and Child Health nurse if at 12 months your baby is:

  • not enjoying eye contact or cuddles with you
  • not interested in sounds
  • not letting you know what they want
  • not seeming to understand you
  • not crawling or standing holding on
  • not pointing.