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Is My Baby OK?

Are you worried about your infant or toddler?

Some infants and toddlers start walking, talking and playing with toys slower than other children their age. If you think your child may not be developing on time, New York City has the Early Intervention Program to help you help your child learn.

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At three months a baby should be able to:

  • turn their heads toward bright colors and lights
  • move both eyes in the same direction together
  • recognize bottle or breast
  • react to sudden sounds or voices
  • make cooing sounds
  • make fists with both hands
  • grasp toys or hair
  • wiggle and kick with arms and legs
  • lift head and chest when on stomach
  • smile

At six months a baby should be able to:

  • follow moving objects with their eye
  • turn toward the source of normal sound
  • reach for objects and pick them up
  • switch toys from one hand to the other
  • play with their toes
  • help hold the bottle during feeding
  • recognize familiar faces
  • babble

At twelve months a baby should be able to:

  • sit without support
  • pull to a standing position
  • crawl
  • drink from a cup
  • play peek-a-boo and patty cake
  • wave bye-bye
  • hold out their arms and legs while being dressed
  • put objects in a container know five or six words
  • stack two blocks

If you are concerned about your child's development, Call 311 and ask about the Early Intervention Program.


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