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Congratulations on your pregnancy. It is a very exciting time for you and your family.
Did you know that babies start to recognise their mother’s voice during pregnancy?
Help your baby to communicate before they are born. There's lot's you can do.
Don't forget to ask your midwife for advice on talking to your baby.
An easy to read guide to support communicating with your child during pregnancy.
The first 1001 days of your baby’s life is a crucial time for your little one’s brain development. This starts from the moment they are conceived. A baby's brain grows 17 fold during the last 20 weeks of pregnancy. Babies become sensitive to the sound of their surroundings so it's a great time to start introducing sounds and speech to your child.
An easy to read overview on children's social and emotional development.
Your baby's social and emotional development plays an important part in their overall development and metal wellbeing. Supporting this during the first 1001 days of a baby’s life is a crucial time for their brain development, they will then build on this throughout childhood.
Children's development varies and milestones will be achieved when your child is ready.
These guides give you a quick overview of what your child can do at different ages and how you can help them to achieve this.
If you are worried about your baby's development, seek advice from your health visitor or GP.
Bump to Baby The first 1001 days online course
An informal online course that explores brain development and the importance of talking to your baby from bump onwards. An opportunity to talk to Early Years specialists and get lots of ideas of how to support your baby's language development at home with everyday interactions.
Grandparents to be Antenatal sessions for family members
An informal online session for grandparents and other family members to find out all the latest advice and guidance for pregnancy and newborn baby care. Tips and advice to help support new parents-to-be as much as possible.
Help and advice
Sandwell Health Visitor Service 0121 612 5021
Your health visitor will be able to offer advice and support about your child's development. Always contact your health visitor about any worries or concerns you have about your child's health and development.
Sandwell Family Information Service can help you with free, impartial information, advice and guidance on family support and childcare.
Why not book on to a Family Information chat session and talk to the team
Check out these websites for more tips and information on talking to your baby