Useful resources

Useful resources

In this section you can find useful resources for maternity, infant feeding, parenting, health and wellbeing and preventing unintentional injuries.

Somerset Essential Guide to feeding and caring for your baby 2019 – 2020

This is a really useful guide that will give you advice and tips on things such as infant feeding, attachment, safety and much more as well as dispelling the myths and misconceptions.

Essential Guide to feeding and caring for your baby 2019-2020

Best Beginnings – Baby Buddy App

Baby Buddy is a free app that guides you through pregnancy, birth, parenting and beyond.
You can find out more on the Best Beginnings website.

Somerset Children and Young People Health and Wellbeing – Parent and Carer Toolkit

Being a parent can be the most wonderful job in the world but at some point all parents need a bit of help. Finding the right information and support can be difficult so, with the help of some Somerset parents and carers, we have identified the issues that most affect families and then gathered together the best web-based information and local support to help tackle some of these issues.

Parent and Carer Toolkit

Building a happy baby

We now know that building a loving relationship with your new baby will give them the best possible start in life, and will help them to grow up happy and confident. This leaflet, which is free to download, offers advice and information on getting to know your baby and setting up the foundations for that strong relationship.

Building a happy baby: A guide for parents

Looking after your own and your baby’s mental health

Perinatal mental health problems are those which occur during pregnancy or in the first year following the birth of a child. Perinatal mental illness affects up to 20% of women, and covers a wide range of conditions. If left untreated, it can have significant and long lasting effects on the woman and her family. Perinatal mental health problems can also have long-standing effects on children’s emotional, social and cognitive development.
NHS England (2017)

Somerset Intelligence, Perinatal and Infant Mental Health
NHS Perinatal mental health toolkit
NSPCC main site
NSPCC top ten tips for anyone working with parents in the perinatal period
Looking after infant mental health

Public Health Somerset Resources

Public Health supply free public health campaigns resources, such as leaflets, booklets and posters, to health professionals, NHS partners, Local Service Teams and other community organisations. You can find a list of resources to download here.

Start 4 Life

Start4Life, PHE’s marketing programme that helps parents-to-be and parents to adopt healthy behaviours, has launched a new interactive Breastfeeding Friend (BFF) ChatBot.

The BFF is accessed through Facebook messenger and provides personal support for mothers at any time of the day or night to help make breastfeeding a better experience.

The BFF will also dispel breastfeeding myths and help alleviate concerns mums have. The ChatBot works as a live chat tool which is able to respond to questions about breastfeeding posed by the user.

Change for Life
Change for Life have developed a national resource to support mothers and families with all their infant feeding challenges day or night, wherever they are. This comes after consulting with families who said they felt they needed more accessible support when they needed it. In a recent consultation carried out in Somerset of local families, the findings were the same.
You can find and use the Change4Life BFF Chatbot through Facebook messenger. To access the BFF chatbot simply open Facebook Messenger and search Start4Life Breastfeeding Friend or visit to get started.


Somerset Young Parents
You can do this, you’re worth it!
Pregnancy is a very good time to try and set aside any negative feelings about yourself. Your body is doing an amazing thing, creating a whole new human being.
A baby is going to need a mum (or parents) who believe in themselves. Believing in yourself will help you to enjoy the good times more and cope with the bad times better. It will also help you to be a confident and capable mum (and Dad).
You can find out more on the Somerset Young Parents website

Human Milk
Human Milk, Tailor-Made for Tiny Humans‘ is an independent advertising initiative created by a small team of parents, focusing on the composition of human milk and the science of breastfeeding.
The idea of an advert for human milk was initiated by music artist and film producer Claire Tchaikowski, with the intention of informing parents and society at large of the surprising content and workings of human milk. We hope that parents-to-be will find useful information here to help them decide how they would like to feed their baby, and that new and established breastfeeding parents will be inspired by knowing more about what they are providing for their child.
Infographic: Human Milk Infographic

HANDi Maternity

Musgrove Park Hospital also have a Maternity app. HANDi Maternity has been developed by the maternity team at Musgrove Park Hospital Taunton and is provided free for all women having their baby at the unit. The app gives useful information and advice throughout your pregnancy.

You can download this app from the Technical Health website

HANDi paedratrics

Somerset’s Musgrove Park Hospital has developed a really useful app. HANDi Paediatrics has been developed by the paediatric team at Musgrove Park Hospital to provide expert support to parents/carers and medical professionals looking after children with the most common childhood illnesses.

You can download this app from the Taunton and Somerset NHS Foundation Trust website or from iTunes

Infant Sleep Information Source

The Infant Sleep Information Source (ISIS) website presents research evidence about biologically normal sleep for human babies. We discuss how infant sleep may vary due to cultural behaviours and expectations such as what babies are fed, where they sleep, and how we interpret their needs. This information is for a) parents who wish to make informed choices about infant sleep and night-time care, b) health professionals who wish to share evidence-based information with parents about infant sleep.

ISIS does not address clinical sleep problems or provide individual sleep advice and parents should contact a health professional with any concerns about their baby’s health.