Baby and family from birth to four months

Between birth and four months, your baby has been welcomed into family, place and culture.

Baby’s sense of belonging and identity will grow through these connections.

Baby learns and develops through the relationship with family, who are the first and most important teachers.

For parents and carers, welcoming a new baby comes with joy and many demands that can make this time emotional and possibly overwhelming.

The energy that went into relationships between couples and siblings now must also go to the new baby.

Exhaustion from not enough sleep, suffering from post-natal depression, being young or a single parent or feeling a loss of identity can bring more challenges.

The mental health of parents and carers has a huge impact on baby’s development, including social-emotional, cognitive, language and physical.

As a community there are many ways to support parents and carers through this time to make sure baby thrives.

At this time, baby may be:

  • connecting to Country and mob
  • growing a sense of belonging
  • dependent on parents/carers
  • getting to know siblings and family members.

Parents and carers may be:

The first few months of your baby’s life is a big change. There are people who can offer much needed support and guidance at your local Early Years Place.

 

Published — 20 February 2019 Last updated — 11 March 2019

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