Getting to know your Baby

During pregnancy your baby’s brain is developing and growing very quickly. While you are pregnant you can help your baby’s brain to grow as you start to get to know your baby. Here are some suggestions:

  • stroking your bump
  • talking to your baby/singing/playing music that you like
  • thinking about your baby and talking with your partner and other close family about your baby.

Try and take a little bit of time each day when you can sit and talk to your baby. When you do these things you release hormones that help healthy development and growth of your baby’s brain. 

If you have any questions about feeding your baby please talk to your midwife. If you have any particular concerns about feeding your baby your midwife can refer you to the infant feeding specialist midwife.

For more information:


Babies Cry, You Can Cope.

Baby crying is normal, it will stop soon. This is a message from ICON, a programme aimed at supporting parents/care givers to cope with infant crying. For more information and helpful downloadable leaflets, please visit ICON Parents Advice 2022 | ICON (

What ICON Stands For

ICON is all about helping people who care for babies to cope with crying. ICON stands for ….

* I – Infant crying is normal (leaflet can be downloaded on the related ICON page)

C –Comforting methods can help (lleaflet can be downloaded on the related ICON page)

* O – It’s OK to walk away (leaflet can be downloaded on the related ICON page)

* N – Never, ever shake a baby (leaflet can be downloaded on the related ICON page)