What can we keep in mind to help every baby have good infant mental health?
The birth of a baby offers the hopefulness of a new relationship and the promise for growth and change.
Babies have something to say…it is up to the adults in their world to learn the language.
Babies remember their earliest relationship experiences. These experiences become the prototypes for future relationships, influencing their trust of themselves, others, and the world.
Babies are active partners in each relationship. They bring their own personalities, unique strengths, and vulnerabilities to the relationship.
Babies need to be attended to, even when parents are overburdened.
The baby is a window into the soul – into the past and present experiences that may haunt parents, and into the awakening sense of joy and promise in a new life.