How does ENRICH work?
ENRICH will discover the relationship between sleep and infant development through the work of three interlinked projects:
MyBaby examines the relationship between early life environment of infants, their sleeping and other lifestyle habits and the long term neuro-cognitive outcomes. MyBaby will use data from the BASELINE study, one of INFANT’s flagship studies.
GentleTouch will investigate ways of measuring the brain’s response to gentle touch stimuli. To achieve this, the project will develop software and hardware which measures SSEP (Somatosensory Evoked Potentials) through collaboration with University College London.
BabySMART will research the effect and potential of baby massage. Parents are trained as part of a structured intervention programme to understand the relationship between massage and the quality and quantity of sleep. A randomised control trial will follow, which will determine if a multisensory enrichment programme in the first four months of life can improve sleep patterns and long term outcomes in healthy infants. This will be a collaborative project between University College Cork and University College London.
The ENRICH programme is supported by Johnson & Johnson, who are supplying the study with ‘head to toe’ extra moisturising baby products for use during the study. All Johnson & Johnson products provided are commercially available.