Infants

Baby Advice & Parenting Tips – counselling support for parenting your baby, managing a premature or sickly baby, feeding and sleeping difficulties, and fostering your baby’s development – we can help

“Since we can never crawl inside an infant’s mind, it may seem pointless to imagine what an infant might experience.  Yet that is at the heart of what we really want and need to know.  What we imagine infant experience to be like shapes our notions of who the infant is.” ~ Daniel Stern

Infancy is a foundational time for development. While human babies are very vulnerable and needy when born, they also have great capacities. They are programmed for social interaction and are keen to engage with you and get to know you.  Babies have a preference for their parents from birth – both Mum and Dad.  They are interested in you and want to be close.

At the Centre for Perinatal Psychology, we are interested in helping babies develop well and feel secure with their parents.  Infant development and attachment can be interrupted by many factors, including physical health concerns and temperament. Parental postnatal depression and anxiety can also impact an infant’s development or secure attachment.  But the good news is, treatment can help get things back on track.

Common characteristics of infants that present to our service in the first year postpartum:

  • Premature
  • Underweight or failing to gain
  • Failing to thrive
  • Reflux
  • Colicky
  • Chronically ill
  • Temperamentally difficult to care for
  • Irritable
  • Inconsolable
  • Difficulty feeding
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Hard to establish routine
  • Unresponsive
  • Depressed
  • Hypersensitive

Remember, you are not alone.  Many parents need additional support with their baby.  We are interested in helping babies and their parents develop well during this important life phase.

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Call us on 1300 852 660 or contact us to make an appointment or enquiry.

 

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