Infant Mental Health Awareness Week (IMHAW)

10-16 June 2024

What is IMHAW?

This week is Infant Mental Health Awareness Week which highlights the importance of the first 1,001 days, from conception to age two, in parent-baby bonding.  

If a baby feels safe and secure and experiences the world as a consistent, loving place, they will build a healthy brain and grow into a confident person who enjoys happy relationships.

dad-and-baby

Helpful tip to support your baby’s emotional wellbeing:

  • Talk to your baby – and listen to what they are telling you! Make sure they can see your face and you can see theirs as much as possible.
  • Take time to get to know your baby. Watch them and think about how they are feeling.
  • Respond to your baby when they cry and reassure them. They are letting you know they need you. Providing comfort and care when your baby cries won’t ‘spoil’ them. In fact, the opposite is true. If you respond promptly when your baby cries in the early weeks of life they will cry less, not more, as they get older.
  • Try to keep your baby physically close when they are very young. Skin-to-skin contact and cuddles help your baby feel safe and secure. Baby carriers can help with this.
  • Don’t expect to be perfect (no parent can be!). Your baby just needs you to do your best.

Published: Jun 9, 2024