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New baby

UPDATE: There is specific advice on parenting a new baby during the Covid-19 outbreak

Congratulations on the birth of your baby! Babies are born ready to communicate and focus on faces copying expressions. They like human voices and want to bond. Tiny baby’s brains can be built by:

Talk: Look at books with your baby and read to them from birth. It’s never too early to start and don’t worry if you feel silly – it’s really worthwhile when babies focus and respond. Use different voices – the sillier the better! Your local library has a great selection of books for babies. In fact daily activities for families are posted every weekday at 10:15am on all our Facebook pages (see the Solihull Libraries page here.

Play: Babies have alert times when they love to play. Tummy time and swimming builds your baby’s strength and can be done from birth. Start tummy time by lying your baby on your chest (only when you are wide awake and unlikely to fall asleep) then move to the floor when ready. Copying games, singing and rhymes can build language as well as being fun. Check out these free resources to help build your babies brain from the NSPCC:
NSPCC Look Say Sing Play Leaflet

NSPCC Look Say Sing Play Activity Cards

NSPCC Look Say Sing Play Flashcards

Relax: babies love to watch you and relaxing with them being able to clearly see your face to copy build’s their brains. Video clips show how responsive babies can be and why it matters.

Cuddle: Enjoy your baby as often as possible with cuddles. Babies need to feel close to be secure and cuddling can help soothe a crying baby. Breastfeeding can be a fabulous way to stay close and give baby immediate, free, tailor-made milk without the need for sterilisation, protecting the health of mum and baby.

Respond: Being sensitive and responding to your crying baby helps them to be secure, and knowing you will respond calms babies. To find out more about why being responsive matters, have a look at our free online course using the code APPLEJACKS.

If you have any concerns about your baby’s health or development, talk with your Health Visitor.

Solihull’s Health Visiting Service have just launched a brand new service called Chat Health. Chat health is a secure text messaging service from which you can contact the Health Visiting team and be responded to Monday to Friday from 09:00am-16:00pm. For more information visit chathealth.nhs.uk