Newborn care and advice
Newborn babies do not come with an instruction manual and as a new parent you are bound to have questions on everything from getting started with breastfeeding/ formula feeding to washing and bathing your new baby and changing their nappy.
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It is now widely recognised that what happens in the first 1001 days of life are incredibly important. Children’s brains develop fastest and are at their most ‘plastic’ or adaptable in the womb and early years of life. During this time, many millions of neural connections are made and then pruned. This builds the architecture of the brain upon which other forms of development will rest.
It is recommended that your child receives their scheduled immunisations to give them the best protection against serious diseases and illnesses. It is natural to have questions about your baby’s immunisations. Knowing what to expect on the day and being aware of common side effects can help to put your mind at rest.
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Feeding your infant
As a new parent, feeding your baby healthy foods—and in the right amounts—is one of your biggest concerns. Ensuring your baby eats the most nutritious diet possible might seem overwhelming at first, but your Health Visitor can support you and provide the most up to date advice in relation to all aspects of infant/child feeding.
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All baby’s cry, it is how they let us know that something is making them unhappy. A crying baby can be overwhelming and exhausting and it can be hard to know what they need, especially in the early days. Talk to your Health visitor, GP or Midwife if you have concerns.
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Play is one of the main ways in which children learn and develop. Play improves the cognitive, social and emotional wellbeing of children. It helps to build self-worth by giving a child a sense of his or her own abilities and to feel good about themselves. Through play, parents can connect fully with their children and have fun.
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Look, Say, Sing, Play – Brain-building tips | NSPCC
One of the most important responsibilities as a parent is to keep your child safe and free from harm. Home is the most common place for accidents to occur. Most injuries are predictable and preventable. Your Health Visitor can provide advice and support in helping you make your home environment as safe as possible for your child.
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Sleep is important to help our bodies and minds process, heal and recover from the day. Our minds and bodies are intrinsically linked, so getting good sleep can help us maintain good physical health. Poor sleep habits from an early age can lead to long term sleep problems.
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