As your baby grows into a toddler it’s important to make sure they are eating well to get all the energy and nutrients they need. They are also learning about food and eating and this is the perfect time to help them build healthy eating informed choices. You can find lots of helpful information on feeding your growing child in these resources.
Health and Wellbeing
Your baby/child’s sleep plays an important part in their development. It is common for toddlers and young children to experience sleep difficulties and this can become a source of stress for tired parents and carers. Here you can find information on how much sleep your child needs, common sleep problems and how to help your child sleep better.
- Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families: Normal Sleep for babies and young children
- Baby sleep information source (Basis)
- Royal College of Psychiatrists - Sleep problems in childhood and adolescence - information for parents and carers
- NHS - How much sleep do kids needs
- NHS - Sleep tips for children
- Sleep Council - Getting a good night sleep for children
- Top tips for Bedtime stories
You can also speak to your health visiting team for advice on sleep.
As soon as your baby’s teeth start to come through it’s time to start brushing them. This will help your baby to get used to brushing their teeth and helps avoid them having problems with their teeth as they get older. It’s important to brush your child’s teeth for them until they are at least 7 years old to make sure they are thoroughly cleaned.
It’s also important to start taking them to the dentist when you go so that the dentist can look at their teeth and they get used to going to the dentist.
Here are some helpful resources on how to look after your baby/child’s teeth and how to access a dentist.
If you would like more information or advice about any of these topics you can contact your local health visiting team.
On the NSPCC's Positive Parenting resource you can find information on managing your child's needs and positive parenting advice for all ages from babies to teenagers. This includes boundary setting, rewards and discipline, keeping cool and building positive relationships.
This NHS resource provides information on why Toddlers express themselves through Temper Tantrums and how you can cope with them in a way that supports your toddler.
This resource developed by the Anna Freud Centre provides information on fear and anxiety in babies and toddlers.
- General anxiety in toddlers and preschoolers
- Stranger anxiety
- Separation anxiety
- Fear and Phobias
- Impact of a health crisis
Resources to support toileting
The Anna Freud Centre have developed this resource on supporting your child back in to childcare called returning to nursery.
Find advice for parents and carers of babies on coronavirus from these NHS Start4life resources.
- Infant feeding
- Staying active with a baby during isolation
- Your mental health
- Safety at home
- iHV Top Tips
iHV Top Tips
The Instutute of Health Visiting having developed a selection of resources for parents and carers can be found here.
- Mental Health
- Healthy Weight, Healthy Nutrition
- Minor Illness and Reducing Accidents
- Health and Development of your toddler
Dummies and speech
NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde have developed helpful information on dummies and speech development including advice on how you can help your child and ideas from other parents. You can find the resource here.
Pregnancy and the period after childbirth are significant times of change in a person’s life. It is common for women and their partners to experience many different emotions during this time. You can access our New Baby, New Feelings resources here.
Staying active and helping your child to become active is important for keeping you both healthy. It’s good to build this into family life as it will help you all with feeling healthy and happy and supports sleep.
Get top tips for helping your toddler to start building their strength through play and family activities.
Immunisations also known as vaccinations are important for protecting your baby/child against serious infectious diseases. Once we have been immunised, our bodies are better able to fight those diseases if we come into contact with them. You can learn more about immunising your baby/child in these leaflets.
- Gov.UK - A guide to immunisations for babies up to 13 months of age
- Gov.UK - A guide to immunisations from 2- 5 years
The Institute of health visiting have also developed helpful resources for you on Childhood immunisations
The Department of Health recommends that all children ages 6 months to 5 years are given vitamin supplements containing vitamins A, C and D every day.
Families who are entitled to Healthy Start can receive free vitamin drops.
Your health visiting team can provide more information on vitamins.