We’re proud to be supporting Infant Mental Health Awareness Week (7 – 13 June).
Infant mental health is the ability infants have to form close relationships, recognise and express emotions and explore and learn about their environment.
Our 0-19 Health and Wellbeing Service is championing this campaign to help raise awareness of the importance of babies’ social and emotional development.
Why infant mental health matters
The way we interact with babies and infants helps shape their brain development. Babies are born socially interactive and learn to manage their emotions in conjunction with their main caregiver. When we respond positively to infants and meet their needs, they develop trust, attachment and confidence in us as parents and caregivers.
How can I support my Baby’s Mental Health?
- Be compassionate with yourself as a parent. Parenting isn’t about perfection! It can be both exhilarating and exhausting.
- The small day-to-day interactions with infants make the greatest difference.
- Newborn babies enjoy watching your face, listening to your voice and being held.
- Respond to your baby by copying their facial expressions and sounds and give them time to respond back.
- Engage in games such as peek-a-boo. Play is a non-verbal form of communication between parent and infant and activates baby’s brains.
- Talk to your baby. Read a book together, sing songs. Words and praise through communication build self-worth and resilience.