Girl holding hands with a Home-Start volunteer

Looking after Infant Mental Health

Infant Mental Health is the developing capacity of the child from birth to experience, express and regulate emotions, form close interpersonal relationships, have a positive sense of self, explore the environment and learn, and adapt to their environment, all in the context of relationships, family and community.

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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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Mum and child reading an illustrated book

Encouraging Language Development with Household Activities

Following the child’s lead is important in terms of brain development, and the development of language. Children develop a sense that what is going on in their mind is interesting and important to their carers. It motivates them to learn actively and engagingly rather than by repetition or simply hearing words spoken.

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