Be alert and responsive to when babies have moved out of exploratory mode and enjoying floor play to needing holding, cuddling or meeting care needs.
Talk to young babies as you stroke their cheeks, or pat their backs, reminding them that you are there and they are safe.
Discuss with parents the critical role of sleep in infancy and refer to Health Visitor or NHS guidance on daytime sleeping in infancy.
Find out from parents about the feeding patterns of young babies.
Encourage babies gradually to share control of food and drink, remaining tuned-in and available throughout feeding.
Give bodily care times prominence in your role with babies, making feeding, nappy changing, bathing and dressing times slow and attentive.
Notice individual baby cues when spending special one-to-one time with them to ensure they are ready to engage.
Discuss the cultural needs and expectations for skin and hair care with parents prior to entry to the setting, ensuring that the needs of all children are met appropriately and that parents’ wishes are respected.
Be aware of specific health difficulties among the babies in the group.
Share with parents the value of tummy time for developing awareness for later continence and appetite control.
Look after baby teeth as soon as they begin to appear.