Most psychiatrists trace mental ailments to early childhood, however the foundation to good medical health starts in infancy directly after childbirth. As Kathryn Barnard said, “It’s as simple and as complex as being able to make an emotional connection, a quality relationship.”
The baby will feel secure with the parents or caregivers and develops an attachment, which makes the baby feel good to explore the world and other human relations in a positive manner. So psychologists suggest that you should have a lot of physical interaction like kissing, hugging and cuddling your child from infancy. Which will give your baby a good mental health.
It is very essential for parents and caregivers to understand the cues of the child and respond to them in a positive way. And try to spend quality time with the child from infancy.The quality of childcare and love makes all the difference in the good mental health of the child from infancy. Even parents who adopt infants and invest emotionally in the child can make a greater difference in their mental health than biological parents .
You can build positive mental health in your child by building a positive self-esteem from infancy by acknowledging and praising your child when they do well or accomplish something. Even crawling infants see positive cues and feel happy. At the same time avoiding negative statements when the child is wrong and giving positive suggestions could help build up good mental health.
Besides that if a child does any good task you can acknowledge them by praise or by telling them how nice you feel about it. In addition avoid rebuke of their fears and listen to them calmly to make your child feel valued and help resolve the fears.I am sure you would have started your infant on a good mental by positive interactions. Your children will thank you for being good parents who love and care for them and make them feel secure and valued.