During your child’s development reviews, your health visitor will ask you how your child is doing and about any concerns you may have. If your baby was born prematurely, their developmental age will be calculated from your original due date, not from the actual date they were born.
Your baby will usually be weighed between one and 13 months old and at the time of routine vaccinations. If there is any concern about your baby’s weight, they may be weighed more often. In general, your baby should be weighed no more than once a month when they are up to six months old, once every two months from six to 12 months, and once every three months when they are over the age of one.
Your child should have a development review at the following ages:
After the birth
Maternity services will support you with breastfeeding, caring for your new baby and adjusting to life as a parent.
Your baby will be examined and given a number of tests, including a hearing test.
By 14 days
A health professional, usually a health visitor, will carry out a new baby review. They’ll advise you on feeding your baby, becoming a parent and how to help your baby grow up healthily.
Your baby should be weighed (naked) at birth and at five and 10 days old.
Between six and eight weeks
Your baby will have several tests and a full physical examination by a health professional.
At eight weeks, three months and four months
Your baby will be given their scheduled vaccinations. This is also an opportunity for you to raise any concerns you may have and to ask for any information you need.
If you have any worries at any other times, would like to know more about your own or your baby’s health or have your baby weighed, contact the team or go to a local child health clinic.
By one year
Your child will have a second full review, checking on areas including language and learning, safety, diet and behaviour. This is an opportunity for you and your partner to discuss any concerns you may have and to prepare for your child becoming a toddler.
Between 12 and 13 months
Within a month of your child’s first birthday they will be given their next set of vaccinations; MMR, Hib/MenC and PCV. You will have the opportunity to discuss their progress or ask for information.
Between two and two-and-a-half years
Your child will have a third full health and development review. Again, this is a chance for you and your partner to ask questions and get ready for the next stage of your child’s development.
This review will be carried out by a member of the Healthy Child team, usually a health visitor, nursery nurse or children’s nurse. They’ll encourage you to talk about how things are going and will listen to your concerns. The review might be at your local children’s centre or at home. It’s best if both you and your partner are there.
The review will cover:
general development, including movement, speech, social skills and behaviour, hearing and vision,
growth, healthy eating and keeping active,
managing behaviour and encouraging good sleeping habits,
teeth brushing and going to the dentist,
keeping your child safe, and
If you’re thinking about getting back into work or training, ask about childcare and any other support you may be able to get.
At school entry (four to five years)
Your child will have a full health review. This includes having their weight and height measured and their vision and hearing tested.
Once your child reaches school age, the school nursing team and school staff will help support your child’s health and development. They will work with you to make sure they are offered the right vaccinations and health checks and will give you advice and support on all aspects of health and well being, including emotional and social issues.