If you have concerns about your toddler'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 12 months old your child 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.

You should talk to your Maternal and Child Health Nurse if at 18 months old your child is:

  • not enjoying eye contact or cuddles with you
  • not coming to you for affection or comfort
  • not understanding any words
  • not pointing or waving
  • not trying to communicate with you
  • not showing any signs of pretend play
  • not walking

You should talk to your Maternal and Child Health Nurse if at two years old your child is:

  • not coming to you for affection or comfort
  • not understanding
  • not putting any words together
  • not enjoying pretend play
  • not running.