- Looking after your own mental health will have a positive impact on the emotional health of your baby during pregnancy and beyond.
- Seek support at the earliest opportunity if you (as a parent) are feeling in a low mood or concerned about your mental health including during pregnancy.
- From birth:
- Create a warm, loving, caring and safe environment to promote emotional and social well-being for your child.
- Use the Five to Thrive principles - respond, cuddle, relax, play, talk. This will build attachment and support emotional health as you are connecting with your child.
- To support your child's self-confidence and self-esteem - let your child know they are special, make them feel valued and respected. Look and listen to them when they talk to you.
- It is natural for your child to experience a variety of emotions. Reassure and support them by listening, cuddling, responding and staying relaxed.
- Focus on how your child feels not just on how they behave; let your child know their feelings are important and understood
- Play and explore with your child - be excited, enthusiastic, curious and confident about discovering new things. Take time to have fun and play regularly with your child.
- Wiltshire Children's Centres
- Maternity team - speak to midwife
- During pregnancy speak to your midwife to see if you are eligible for the Baby Steps programme
- Wiltshire Health Visiting team
- Home-Start provides non-judgmental support, friendship and practical help to families with at least one child under five. Further information can be found at: Home-start South Wiltshire and Home-start Kennet
- Wiltshire IAPT service - free mental health support (self-referral)
- Promoting Children and Young People's Emotional Health and Wellbeing, Public Health England
- Social and Emotional Wellbeing for Children and Young People Guidance, NICE
- Every Child Matters
- Transforming Children and Young People's Mental Health Provision - Green Paper
- Investing in a Resilient Generation - key to a mentally prosperous nation
Babysteps programme - information and introduction form