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Resources for parents

As Health Visitors we recognise that becoming a parent can be one of the most exciting, daunting and turbulent times you have in your life.  We hope you find the following resources helpful in developing your confidence as a parent and in enabling your child to have the best possible start in life.

Breastfeeding mother and children

Whether you're breast or bottle feeding, here is some handy information to help you. 

Breast feeding advice

Bottle feeding advice 

Want to breastfeed when you're out and about? Discover Breastfeeding Welcome venues.

You can also read about Vitamin D, why it is so important and who needs to take supplements.

Are you wondering which vaccinations your child needs and when they should have them? You'll find a handy timeline  on the NHS website from birth to parenthood.

It can be difficult to understand what your baby wants in those first weeks after birth, but understanding their cues can help. Here's how.

Read UNICEF's guide to happy babies.

 As well as putting a baby down to sleep on their back, how else can you encourage safer sleep? More information is available at the Lullaby Trust

We can also help with gentle sleep training. 

When should you call the Health Visitor, GP or 111 if your child is feeling unwell? 

Find out more about managing childhood illnesses from the Healthier Together website.

Having a child with a disability and/or special educational needs may at times make you feel daunted, overwhelmed and lonely.  However, there is a lot of support available for your child and  for you.  Click here to find out more. 

Maternal mental ill health can seem a complex and daunting prospect but it is far more common than you may think with every 1 in 10 new mothers experiencing some form of depression or anxiety.  

Research is now showing that parental depression and anxiety can have a long term impact on a child’s emotional wellbeing, however the good news is that these affects can be overcome with good support. 

This website  is easy to read and gives practical advice on how to cope and where to go for support in the local area. 

However, don’t forget that you can always talk to your health visitor about how you are feeling.  If your child is under 1 year, your health visitor will be able to offer additional listening visits to help support you and your baby.  

We also run our ‘Knowing Me, Knowing You groups’ (KMKY) for mothers in the perinatal period who are suffering with mild to moderate depression/anxiety. Mums really value the support they receive from their health visiting teams and in a recent audit 85% of woman scored their listening visits or attendance at a KMKY group as 8 out of 10 in being effective in improving their mood.  Please don’t suffer in silence – ask for help

Dad and baby

Being a new dad can be a roller-coaster of emotions.  Some men say that seeing their baby being born was the most fantastic thing in their life whilst others may say it was the worse experience ever!!

Everybody is different and will react to parenthood in many different ways. If you are ever concerned about your own mental health or that of your partner please click here.

For useful and practical information for dads why not download the dadpad app - a must have for new dads.

Worried about moving from pregnancy to being a parent? Got questions about dummies? 

This handy site covers everything from toilet training to dealing with tantrums:

Top Tips for Parents 

You can start to introduce solids when your baby is around six months old, It is a really important step in your baby's development and it can be great fun to explore new flavours and textures together.

For more information please see the below links:

NHS Feeding advice
Healthy Feeding Healthy Weight booklet
First Steps Nutrition Trust

Introduction to Solids Workshops

This workshop is open to all parents and carers of babies registered with a Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust Health Visiting Team. To search for and book courses running in your area please go to the Eventbrite website 

 

It is normal for a baby to cry, but how do you cope when the crying never seems to stop.  This "Infant crying and how to cope" leaflet gives great guidance for parents and carers and is available to download here.  
Smoking in the family is linked to many childhood illnesses as well as Sudden Infant Death syndrome SIDS


Contact Quit4Life for free NHS help to go smoke-free; using NRT, medications or by switching to vaping. 

Is your little one about to start 'big school'? Check out these useful tips to prepare them for their new adventure - from the first day at school through the first year.
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Want to get out and about and meet other parents and carers? Try the local Hampshire Directory for a list of local groups, Ready Steady Mums and Hampshire Healthy Families

You can also visit your local Child Health Advice Clinic.

We would love to hear your comments on our service. Do let us know what you think via our Complaints and Patient Experience team

You can also find out about how we use your personal information

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