As your baby grows into a toddler it’s important to make sure they are eating well to get all the energy and nutrients they need. They are also learning about food and eating and this is the perfect time to help them build healthy eating informed choices. You can find lots of helpful information on feeding your growing child in these resources.
Health and Wellbeing
As your baby grows their sleep will change and while the risks of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) commonly known as Cot death reduces as your child gets older its still important to think about their sleep environment and how you can keep them safe while they sleep .
If you have any questions you can ask your health visitor.
Your baby/child’s sleep plays an important part in their development. It is common for toddlers and young children to experience sleep difficulties and this can become a source of stress for tired parents. Here you can find information on how much sleep your child needs, common sleep problems and how to help your child sleep better.
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As soon as your baby’s teeth start to come through it’s time to start brushing them. This will help your baby to get used to brushing their teeth and helps avoid them having problems with their teeth as they get older. It’s important to brush your child’s teeth for them until they are at least 7 years old to make sure they are thoroughly cleaned.
It’s also important to start taking them to the dentist when you go so that the dentist can look at their teeth and they get used to going to the dentist.
Here are some helpful resources on how to look after your baby/child’s teeth and how to access a dentist.
Pregnancy and the period after childbirth are significant times of change in a person’s life. It is common for women and their partners to experience many different emotions during this time. You can access our New Baby, New Feelings resources here.
Staying active and helping your child to become active is important for keeping you both healthy. It’s good to build this into family life as it will help you all with feeling healthy and happy and supports sleep.
Get top tips for helping your toddler to start building their strength through play and family activities.
Immunisations also known as vaccinations are important for protecting your baby/child against serious infectious diseases. Once we have been immunised, our bodies are better able to fight those diseases if we come into contact with them. You can learn more about immunising your baby/child in these leaflets.
The Institute of health visiting have also developed helpful resources for you on Childhood immunisations
The Department of Health recommends that all children ages 6 months to 5 years are given vitamin supplements containing vitamins A, C and D every day.
Families who are entitled to Healthy Start can receive free vitamin drops.
Your health visiting team can provide more information on vitamins.