5 Ways to Ensure Mental Health in Babies
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We often only think of adults and older children when it comes to mental health. But, just like anything health-related, mental health begins very early in life. Since early experiences matter for mental health later in life. It helps to know how you can give your baby a healthy start.
1. Build trust
Babies need to start life in a safe and trusting environment. Building trust with an infant may sound complicated, but it’s actually quite straightforward: be responsive. A baby whose needs are responded to by a parent is far less likely to feel stressed or anxious, or to develop mental health problems.
2. Show affection
Without love and affection, babies cannot develop normally, even if all their nutritional needs are met. Babies can feel love, so talk to your baby with all the love in your heart and give endless cuddles. There is no such thing as too much love!
3. Provide mental stimulation
A baby who is mentally stimulated learns new things all the time, and this is part of ensuring mental health. As the baby’s parents, you are probably the most stimulating input in their early life. Talk to your baby as if they understand, and explore the world together.
4. Make sure your baby gets enough rest
Enough good-quality sleep is important for all people, regardless of age. Try to get into a good bedtime routine with your baby from the early days, so that they get all the rest they need.
5. Focus on your own mental wellbeing
Babies are happier and more relaxed when their parents are happy and relaxed, so focusing on your own mental wellbeing is important for your baby’s happiness. Eat well, sleep well, exercise, and spend time doing things you enjoy.
This information is this article is intended for general purposes only. If you have any concerns about your health or the health of your child, you should always consult a healthcare professional.