Little Minds Matter- Bradford’s Infant Mental Health Service has launched its new ‘Moments that Matter Bradford’ campaign. Moments that Matter Bradford captures those little moments of interaction and contact between parents/carers and their babies and how these positively impact on the development of a baby’s brain.
Through its Moments that Matter Bradford campaign, Little Minds Matter want to help parents recognise how babies communicate from the moment they are born. The campaign shows the small things we can all do to help little ones’ brain development, through a series of videos using real families from across Bradford. All the videos and resources can be found here www.momentsthatmatterbradford.org
Dr Hannah Swan, Clinical Lead, Little Minds Matter said: “Babies are born ready to relate and through the Moments that Matter campaign, we want parents to become fiercely curious about their babies. We wanted to showcase the little moments that parents share with their babies everyday and show them the amazing benefits it gives in developing their baby’s brains. As we are based in Bradford we wanted to use local families and I’d like to thank each and everyone of them for taking part and making these amazing videos.”
“From bump to age two, your baby’s brain is making millions of connections every second. It is such an important period in brain formation, and the little moments – like singing a nursery rhyme, baby massage or playing a game – all help to switch the brain on. Our Moments that Matter Bradford videos show real life parenting with the simple, fun moments that don’t take long and don’t cost anything, but the impact will last a lifetime.”
Gill Thornton, Head of Programme, Better Start Bradford said: “The very first relationships your baby has are possibly the most important bond they will ever make. These interactions teach babies how to communicate, how to think and how to express themselves. This campaign will help other parents visually learn how everyday fun and simple moments shared together can help build their baby’s brain.”
Mum of two, Ludmila Novosjolova, who took part in the videos with her youngest daughter, said: “I feel privileged to be taking part in such a great campaign and really enjoyed making the videos. If I hear music that makes my heart dance, I will grab my daughter and we will enjoy dancing together. Those moments don’t cost anything, but they bring so much joy, bonding and health benefits. Your children will remember those exciting little moments. You don’t have to wait for the right moment or a special time. Make it fun and special – right here, right now!”
The Better Start Bradford programme is supported by The National Lottery Community Fund, using National Lottery funding to help children in Bowling and Barkerend, Bradford Moor and Little Horton get the best start in life. They provide over 20 projects for pregnant women and families with children aged under four.