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Girl holding hands with a Home-Start volunteer

Looking after Infant Mental Health

Relationships between babies and caregivers are important for building strong brains. Starting from birth, responsive relationships build strong foundations for development through ‘serve-and-return’ interactions.

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Coping with a Crying Baby

Coping with a crying baby is difficult – they can’t communicate with you to explain why they’re crying so it can be a guessing game. Babies cry because this is their only way to let us know that they need us and that something isn’t right.

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Volunteer feeding baby with mum sitting next to her

Your Baby’s Sleep

Babies sleep varies for lots of reasons, from their temperament to different family behaviours such as what they are fed, where they sleep, and how as parents we make sense of their needs. To begin with, babies don’t know the difference between night and day.

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Volunteers and family taking a walk

The Home-Start Approach: Home-Based and Volunteer-Led

Everything started out with only one Home-Start charity and only one person: Margaret Harrison. In Leicester, 1973, Margaret understood that families struggle in their own individual ways and therefore need support that starts in the family home and that is based on their specific needs.

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