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Board Manager's Blog (May 2024) Tue 28 May 2024

Darren Minton the Board Manager of BDSCP & BSAB Business Unit this month discusses "Supporting New Parents: Guidance and Resources"



"Supporting New Parents: Guidance and Resources"


Hello everyone.

As we approach the end of May, the arrival of warmer days and blooming gardens brings a fresh sense of renewal and energy. Exciting developments are on the horizon, with new venues and transport networks nearing completion, bringing us one step closer to the City of Culture 2025. This month, we focus on providing essential advice and guidance for new parents through the ICON initiative and the DadPad app.

Understanding ICON and Coping with Infant Crying

Being a new parent is a journey filled with rewarding moments and sometimes challenges. One common challenge is coping with a crying baby.

The ICON initiative offers practical advice to help parents understand and manage this aspect of parenting. ICON stands for:

  • Infant crying is normal, and it will stop.
  • Comfort methods can sometimes soothe the baby, and the crying will stop.
  • Okay, to walk away if you have checked the baby; it is safe, and the crying is getting to you.
  • Never ever shake or hurt a baby.

These principles are designed to support parents, helping them stay calm and understand that crying is a normal part of a baby's development. For more information and resources, please visit the ICON website.

Comforting Your Baby

If your baby is crying, try these comfort methods:

  • Swaddling: Wrapping your baby snugly in a blanket can make them feel secure.
  • Rocking or Gentle Movements: A gentle rocking motion or taking your baby for a walk in a pushchair / buggy  can be soothing.
  • Soothing Sounds: Playing soft music or white noise can help calm your baby.
  • Feeding: Ensure your baby isn't hungry or needs a nappy change.
  • Skin-to-Skin Contact: Holding your baby close can provide comfort.

If these methods don't work and you feel overwhelmed, putting your baby in a safe place, like a cot, and taking a few minutes to calm yourself is okay. You can also call a friend or family member for support or advice.

Seek Professional Help

If you're struggling to cope, don't hesitate to seek help. Speak with your GP or health visitor for advice and support. They can provide practical tips and connect you with local resources to assist you during those challenging times.

Additional Resources for Dads

DadPad App

The DadPad app is a helpful resource for new dads. It provides practical advice and tips on everything from newborn care to coping with the emotional challenges of parenthood. The app helps dads feel more confident and prepared, promoting positive parenting and strong family bonds. You can find more information and download the DadPad app here.

Preventing Non-Accidental Injuries

One of the Bradford District Safeguarding Partnership's key priorities is preventing non-accidental injuries to non-mobile babies. These injuries often stem from moments of frustration and a lack of support. By understanding new parents' stresses, raising awareness and providing access to vital resources, we can significantly reduce the number of such injuries.

Safe Swaddling and Sleep Practices

Swaddling can be a comforting method for soothing your baby, but it's crucial to do it safely. The Lullaby Trust offers valuable guidance on safe swaddling and the proper use of slings. For more information, visit the Lullaby Trust on Swaddling. Click Here  to access the Lullaby Trust website

Additionally, ensuring your baby sleeps safely is paramount. The Lullaby Trust provides comprehensive advice on how to reduce the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). For detailed guidance, visit the Lullaby Trust Safe Sleep Guidelines.

Resources Websites

There are several resources available to new parents to help them manage stress and care for their babies safely:

  • ICON Cope: Provides comprehensive advice on managing infant crying and the importance of never shaking a baby. Visit ICON
  • DadPad: Offers guidance specifically for new dads. Learn more about DadPad.

Additionally, speaking with healthcare professionals can provide essential support. Your GP, health visitor or a local parenting group can offer advice, practical help, and reassurance.

Community Support

Remember, you're not alone. The Bradford District has a supportive network of professionals and community resources ready to help you; whether you need advice on coping with crying, managing stress, or just needing someone to talk to, reach out.

Looking Ahead

Stay tuned for our June blog, where we will highlight the Bradford District Safeguarding Week, taking place the week commencing 24th June 2024, with numerous events designed to engage and inform our community.

Until June ..Take care all