"If facts are the seeds that later produce knowledge and wisdom, then the emotions and the impressions of the senses are the fertile soil in which the seeds must grow."
Rachel Carson

For Mothers of Infants

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THTM #5: Babies blossom
(Infant development)

What is the key message?

  • Parents have great power to help babies blossom and be the best they can be.

Who should receive this message?

  • Pregnant women.
  • Parents and caregivers of babies from birth to a year.

How can this message be used?

  • Think back to your childhood. We all remember people who had a great impact on our lives when we were younger. Who was influential to you when you were growing up?
  • How did they impact your life?
  • Your baby trusts you to create a lifetime foundation of love. What do you do everyday that lets your baby know you love her and that she can trust you?
  • How is your love helping your baby blossom?
  • (Give parents the handout and ask them to read the top ten list.) Which of these actions protects your baby?
  • Which of these actions enriches your baby’s life?
  • How will what you feed your baby today make a difference to her tomorrow?
  • Someday your baby will tell others how you protected and enriched her life. What do you want her to say about you?
  • What food-related actions will you do this week to protect and enrich your baby’s life?
  • What other actions will you try this week to give your baby a great start in life?


Emotion-Based Messages