Getting to Know Your Baby

Welcome to the world of parenthood! The first few weeks with your newborn can be a whirlwind of emotions. But, it's also the time for bonding and getting to know your new little one and their feelings. If you haven't received a copy of Ready Steady Baby you can download yours here.

Did you know we offer FREE parenting courses that you can do online at home?

As a new parent you can access a free course on understanding your baby. Click here for more information and use the code SIX_TOWNS to gain free access to this online programme.

We have put the below tips together to help you in getting to know your baby

Talk to your baby

Your baby will recognise your voice from birth. Talking to them helps them learn how to communicate. Talk about what you're doing, and what you're seeing. You can also sing to your baby or read them stories. Family Hubs offer many types of Play Talk Read sessions, click here for more information and sessions available to Sandwell residents. 

You can also 

Download your free speech and language cards here.

For tips on starting mini conversations with your baby click here.

Touch your baby

Skin-to-skin contact is a great way to bond with your baby. It also helps them regulate their body temperature. You can also massage your baby's body, which can help them relax and feel calm. From September Family Hubs offer Baby Massage classes.

Cuddling and keeping them close means, they will cry less and it is good for their brain development. Click here for more advice on bonding with your baby.

Pay attention to your baby's cues

Newborns can't tell you what they need, so it's important to learn to read their cues. Some common cues include crying, fussing, and squirming. When your baby is crying, try to figure out what they need, such as a feeding, a diaper change, or a cuddle. Also, observe your baby's behaviour. Pay attention to how your baby reacts to light, sound, and touch. This will help you learn what your baby likes and dislikes. Your baby crying can feel stressful - click here for more information on how to cope with your baby crying.

Create a routine

Newborns thrive on routine. Try to establish a regular feeding schedule and bedtime routine. This will help your baby feel more secure and comfortable.

Get help when you need it

Don't be afraid to ask for help from your partner, family, or friends. Newborns can be a lot of work, and it's important to take care of yourself, too. Talking to other new parents can help you feel less alone and learn new tips and tricks for parenting. Contact your local Family Hub to see what sessions and support are available,

There are many classes and courses available in Sandwell to support your parenting journey. Contact your local Family Hub to see what they have to offer and click here to see what Changes has to offer.

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