What Every Baby Needs

Building a loving relationship with your new baby will give them the best possible start in life and help them to grow up happy and confident.

The UNICEF UK leaflet 'Building a Happy Baby' offers advice and information on getting to know your baby and setting up the foundations for that strong relationship.

You can find more information about skin to skin contact and responsive feeding by following the links below.  

Skin-to-Skin Contact

Skin-to-skin contact after birth, where the baby lays naked against the mother or father’s skin, helps stabilise the baby’s temperature, heart and breathing rates and allows the baby to settle more easily.  

Skin-to-skin contact is valuable for all babies throughout the early months of life and is something that all members of the family can do

Skin-to-skin contact is especially good for premature babies. Even babies on oxygen can be cared for skin-to-skin, which helps keep them more stable and reduce the need for extra oxygen.

For more information on support for parents with premature babies please visit www.kangaroomothercare.com

Responsive Feeding

All babies benefit from responsive feeding whether you choose to use formula or breastfeed.

Babies like to be held close to the body, have eye contact and feed at their own individual pace.

You can ask your midwife or health visitor about responsive feeding, call into your Children's Centre or breastfeeding group for information and support or watch a video here.

'Getting to Know Your Baby' shows health professionals and parents how to respond to a baby in a way that fosters both the parents and the baby's emotional wellbeing.

Download the smartphone app and make it personal for your baby.