Vision and Hearing

vision hearingYour baby’s vision and hearing are important.

Some developmental signs are easy for you to notice. Others are not. Your baby’s vision and hearing are important. It may not be easy to recognize when there is a problem. Call the Help Me Grow Washington Hotline at 1-800-322-2588 if you have concerns about your child’s vision, hearing or general development.

Signs of Healthy Development

Here are some signs that your baby’s vision and hearing are developing appropriately. 

Vision: Does your child. . .

  • Make eye contact (look at your eyes)
  • Follow a moving object with her eyes
  • Walk or crawl without frequently bumping into objects
  • Look at people and things using both eyes
  • Hold objects at normal distance (after age 6 months)
  • Walk or crawl smoothly across shadows or areas that look different (carpet, tile)
  • Look at people and things without eyes crossing or squinting (after 9 months)
  • Have eyes that are clear, not red or watery

Hearing: Does your child. . .

  • Show awareness of home noises (telephone, door knock, television)
  • Use a voice that’s not too loud or too soft
  • Play with toys that make a noise (rattles, bells)
  • Imitate sounds (after 1 year)
  • Use some word endings (“s” or “ing”) after age two
  • Follow verbal directions
  • Maintain a moderate volume on the television or radio
  • Listen to stories, records or television without difficulty
  • Speak so most people can understand (if older than 2-1/2 years)
  • Come to you when called from another room (after 2 years)

Additional Resources

Source: “Birth to Six Growth & Development”, Washington State Department of Social and Health Services, Infant Toddler Early Intervention Program