RWhen caring for infants, we parents tend to prioritize our child mental health more than everything else. However, emerging research on the subject of infant mental health has pointed to the clear need to take an equally proactive approach to our children’s mental and emotional well-being. By the age of two, approximately 80% of a child’s brain has developed. These early years are a particularly intense developmental period and lay the foundation for lifelong mental and emotional health. The key to successful social and emotional development, are the relationships and attachments that infants form during this time.
Attachment can be defined as an enduring emotional bond that develops between one adult and another in an intimate relationship. These attachments are important because they will shape how a child will interact with others for the rest of their life.
There are a number of recommended activities you can try out at home to help ensure healthy emotional, social and mental development. Many of these come under the broad categories of: Communication, Comfort, Play and Teaching. It is also important not to neglect your own mental health. Parents/caregivers set the tone in the home and as such they need to be aware of the ways in which their own feelings and experiences may affect their child.
If you are interested in learning more about infant mental health, why not take a look at this infographic guide from the team at Westcan Personnel. This highly informative infographic guide gives a handy overview on the topic and offers some basic steps you can try out at home to nurture positive mental health in your little bundle of joy.