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You’ll continue to see your health visitor at home at home when your child is aged 1 to 2 years. They will check in on you and your baby, looking at their progress and offering general health and wellbeing advice. 

You can take part in and join activities at your Family Hub such as stay and play sessions, story time and sports activities.

Ask your Family Hub team if you are entitled to a free nursery place when your child is two years old.

Child’s development

All children develop at their own pace as they learn about themselves, their family and world.

Development you may see at this stage includes:

  • Handing you a book or toy when they want to play
  • Babbling with more sounds that begin to sound like words
  • Waving and use of basic words like ‘mama’ and ‘dada’
  • Drinks milk and water from a cup
  • Looks at objects when they are named
  • Takes a few steps without support

Supporting your child to grow

  • Play social games such as hiding something and getting them to find it
  • Try to get them to help with getting dressed. Ask them to put their leg out and stand up
  • Encourage them to say ‘hello’ and ‘goodbye’ and praise them when they do

Help and support

The parent infant service in Blackpool works with parents to support positive bonding and attachment in the perinatal period.

Your local Family Hub can support with a number of things that can impact on your parenting life such as debt, housing and relationships. Find out more about our Family Hubs.

The I Can Cope (ICON) programme helps to support parents and carers to understand the normal crying pattern of young infants and keep babies safe.

Find out more about your child’s development and what to expect when.