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If They Could Tell You…

Promoting the importance and benefits of strong parent-infant relationships.

The first few years of a baby’s life, spanning from pregnancy to the age of two, are crucial for their healthy development. During this time, the connections formed between parents and carers and their babies foster a sense of love and security, laying the groundwork for their future well-being and mental health.

Babies may not come with a manual, but they certainly work hard to make themselves understood. Knowing how to interpret their body language, facial expressions, noises, and cries can help parents to effectively meet their needs.

Start for Life’s ‘If They Could Tell You…’ campaign aims to help parents better understand their baby’s needs, so they can foster strong relationships with them. Through the Start for Life website, parents can access the most up-to-date advice, alongside helpful tips from other parents on understanding babies’ cues and how to cope when things get tough.

Your baby’s brain is making a million new connections every second, making the first two years so important for their healthy development. That means building strong connections during this period of your baby’s life lays the groundwork for their future well-being and mental health.

Lovingly meeting your baby’s needs helps them to learn to manage their emotions and build their confidence, and reduces the risk of future mental health issues.

For the latest advice on how best to build your relationship with your baby, you can find support and free resources, including tips and learning materials, at the Start for Life Hub.

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Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust runs a confidential secure text messaging service for parents of children aged 0-19 years called Parentline. The service operates Monday to Friday between 9am and 4.30pm, excluding bank holidays. All texts will be responded to by a public health practitioner within 24 hours. Outside of the service working hours, you’ll receive a message back to inform you that your text will be responded to once the line reopens.

  • Parents and carers of children aged 0-19:



Should you require urgent health advice in the meantime, please contact your GP, visit an NHS walk-in centre or call NHS 111. For emergencies, dial 999 or visit A&E.

This page was last reviewed on 19-03-2024

This page will be next reviewed on 19-03-2027