What to do if you are worried
If you are concerned about your baby and their development then take a look at our recommendations.
Book an appointment with your doctor or paediatrician
The most important thing to do is to share your concerns with your doctor and to explore all other options that might be causing your baby to show signs of delayed development.
Make sure you check out their hearing, sight and speech to rule out any language impediments.
Think about the way you interact with your baby
Every baby has its own unique identity, from what they find comforting to what they find scary or agitating and it may be very different to their siblings or other babies you know.
Watching the signals they give you to share their feelings will help you understand what interactions makes your baby feel most comfortable.
Go back to basics and try turning off the tv or electronic mobiles and using your voice to sing to them instead. Play simple, gentle games like peek-a-boo or recite nursery rhymes.
Take time to watch your baby
When you are looking at your baby think about how you would describe your child's personality to others.
Think about what they like and dislike. Do they like noise or silence, or a particular kind of music? Try out different types of music to see if they find any of them irritating or soothing.
Watch to see if there is a particular toy that they are attached to.
What do they do or how do they interact with you when you are on the phone, or busy around the house.
Would you say that they behave differently from your other children or friends' children? In what way?
Do they like to be bathed or changed into clothes?
Do they like to eat? How would you describe the speed of their eating and do they enjoy the attention you pay them during?
Make sure you keep a record of everything you are observing especially as it will enable you to notice any changes.
And if your instincts are still telling you to be worried...
Get in touch with our experts at IPAN through our contact page to arrange a screening session. The charity works to support as many families as possible with a sliding support structure. To find out if you are eligible for a free or discounted screening get in touch with our team.