Building a Happy Baby

We now know that building a loving relationship with your new baby will give them the best possible start in life, and will help them to grow up happy and confident. This relationship starts with connecting with your baby before birth.

For advice and information on getting to know your baby and setting up the foundations for that strong relationship click here for the Unicef Building a happy leaflet.

Getting to know your baby

The Association for Infant Mental Health website uses video to help you understand and respond to your own baby’s individual patterns and to support you to bond with your baby – before and after birth.

Click here for FREE parent membership to view all the films

Caring for your baby at night

Becoming a parent is a very special time. Getting to know your new baby and learning how to care for her needs can be one of the most rewarding experiences of your life. However, it can also be

challenging, especially when you are tired and your baby is wakeful and wanting to feed frequently during the night.

It might be reassuring to know that it is both normal and essential for your baby to feed during the night. Babies grow quickly in the early weeks and months of their lives and have very small stomachs. Therefore they need to feed around the clock to meet their needs.

While it can be frustrating when your sleep is disturbed during the night, it can also be a lovely quiet time to be with your baby away from the bustle and distractions of daytime. Babies rely on the security and comfort of being close to their parents and need this at night as well as during the day.

For helpful, practical advice on coping at night, covering getting some rest, night feeding, safe sleeping environments and helping baby to settle click here for the Unicef Caring for your baby at night leaflet.