Does your baby notice your touch, the sound of your voice, if his diaper is wet? Does he respond to people and situations in his world or is he disconnected in his own little world? Does he never use eye contact or reach for you? Does he fuss for hours for no reason?
If your baby appears to be under-responsive by 10-12 months, you might want to point this out to your pediatrician and have your baby evaluated. He may just not be processing sensations adequately yet, or this could be a sign of depression or reactive attachment disorder if he didn’t form bonds early on. Either way, early intervention can really help at this age. Sometimes occupational therapy is suggested for sensory processing delay or psychological services are recommended for reactive attachment disorder.
Just as we keep tabs on our baby’s physical development, it is really important to be vigilant of their mental health too!