The baby life check is an initiative by the NHS and the Government in the United Kingdom to survey the first year o f a child’s life, in order to ensure that the child is developing as well as possible. With birth come a lot of challenges for a new family, especially if it’s the first child as the parents don’t really have any experience to raise a newborn from before. This, of course, doesn’t mean that they are not able to raise a child, as people have been doing so successfully since the dawn of mankind, but on the other hand it’s always good to monitor a newborn so that parents can get the help that they need.
What the Baby life check does is that it monitors a large number of parents/carers in order to get a greater understanding of where we, as a society, needs to make improvements on parenting. It also serves the purpose of helping parents with whatever questions they may have, by offering an online tool that provides mums and dads with tips on how to more successfully raise their baby in proper fashion. The online tool offers several types of tips, and parents are invited to take tests where they can answer questions that might help identify any problems they have with their parenting.
When a new baby is born, the life of the parents changes in an instant. Their own lives are no longer the most important aspect of their existence, but the child’s life is, or so it should be at least. So how does this tool really work? Well, basically, you log on to the NHS web site and go to the lifecheck, which you can find here. The program will then tell parents what they can expect in the first few years of the baby’s life. For example, in the first few weeks, the baby is supposed to start looking and recognizing faces, and start remembering the faces of the parents. After three months it’s time for the baby to have its DTap, IPV, Hib, MenC and rotavirus vaccinations, which is good to know so that the parents can prepare for that to be appointed. You will also get to know when a baby normally starts developing hand-to-hand coordination, when they start to eat solid food as well as when they normally sit up without support and take their first steps. Of course, these are only guidelines based on the average child, so just because someone’s baby is still breastfeeding after 6 months doesn’t necessarily mean that there’s anything wrong with them.
We encourage anyone who’s just had a baby and are feeling slightly unsure or anxious about providing the child with the right support to have a look at the lifechecker. Although many of the things stated in the program might seem obvious, you’re also bound to pick up at least a few new ideas on how to improve your parental skills. Remember, the more you know, the better are your chances of giving your child a happy and developing start of their life.