Your baby is able to communicate with you long before he or she speaks a single word!

A baby’s cry, smile, and responses to you help you to understand his or her needs. In this publication the American Academy of Pediatrics shares information about how children communicate and what to do when there are concerns about delays in development.

Children develop at different rates, but they usually are able to do certain things at certain ages. Here are general developmental milestones. Keep in mind that they are only guidelines. If you have any questions about your baby’s development, ask your child’s doctor—the sooner the better. Even when there are delays, early intervention can make a significant difference.

If your child’s development seems delayed or shows any of the behaviors in the following list, tell your child’s doctor. Sometimes language delays occur along with these behaviors. Also, tell your child’s doctor...

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