Infant mental health refers to how well a child develops socially and emotionally from birth to age three. Understanding infant mental health is the key to preventing and treating the mental health problems of very young children and their families.

While at Tweddle parents learn about what a baby needs from their relationships and the importance of tuning into their child. Activities and enrichment programs at Tweddle include music, reading, play and understanding cues.

These day to day actions let a baby or toddler know that they are loved and safe. When relationships are reliably responsive and supportive, they can actually buffer young children from the adverse effects of stressors. Tweddle, clinicians work on addressing the stressors on the family therefore reducing the stressors affecting the babies and toddlers.

Infant Mental Health defines a young child’s capacity to experience, regulate and express emotions, form close and secure relationships and to explore and learn.

Early Childhood Science Explained (brain development, building social connections, developing sense of self, managing our emotions and social networks

There is a staggering link between mental health in adulthood and early childhood development and attachment. In fact evidence shows that by age 5, our brains are 90% of their adult size. Between the ages of 0-5, our relationships and environment shape how we will go on to trust, see ourselves and cope with stress throughout life.  The more we understand the link between early childhood and mental health as adults, the better placed we are to start reducing issues in adulthood.

The Shaping Us video explains the importance of the early years in shaping lifelong mental health for babies and children.

Emerging Minds provide comprehensive insights into infant and toddler mental health here.

Earliest relationships matter for building babies brains at Tweddle. #babiesbrainsmatter

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