The way you interact with your baby has a lasting impact on the development of the emotional and social parts of her brain. By being warm, loving, and responsive, you teach your baby healthy ways to learn, think, feel, and behave.

Hold and cuddle your baby every chance you have. It gives your baby a sense of warmth and security that they need to develop.

  • Babies love to watch your face, listen to you talk, read, and sing. This also promotes their brain development.
  • Respond to your baby’s cues and clues. Facial expressions and crying are the only way she can communicate with you.
  • Your baby cries for many reasons, but never to make you angry.
  • Your can't spoil your baby. A baby who receives quick, caring attention when she cries will learn to trust her caregivers, cry less, and sleep more.
  • Babies cannot yet tell wrong from right. They should never be disciplined.
  • Taking good care of yourself helps you take good care of your baby.

Never hit or shake your baby. These actions can cause serious, long-lasting brain damage or even death.

Caring for a baby can sometimes be frustrating. If you feel angry at your baby, you need some time alone. Take a few deep breaths. Make sure the baby is safe, perhaps lying on her back in her crib, then leave the room. Ask for help from your partner, or phone a friend or family member. Call your doctor, midwife, or public health nurse for help.

If you ever feel you are losing control, please immediately call one of the crisis help lines.

If you think you may have harmed your baby, seek immediate medical attention. Call 911.