It is never too early to start to bond with your baby. As a parent, you have a crucial role in your baby’s brain development, even before birth.

The following short, animated videos from midwives Jo and Trude show the simple ways in which you can help ‘Grow Your Baby’s Brain’ starting in pregnancy. Video content shared thanks to Medway Council and Medway NHS Foundation Trust.

In the womb, and during the first three years, your baby’s brain is growing at its fastest. Even before birth, parents can help babies to feel calm and safe, which reduces cortisol, the stress hormone. Reducing cortisol enables healthy brain growth.

Research shows that baby’s brains develop best when they have strong bonds with their parents and caregivers. All these suggested activities can help with bonding.