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Your baby

Newborn babies don't come with a user guide and particularly for first-time mums and dads, taking your baby home can be a daunting prospect. Here you will find lots of information to guide you through the first 12 months of your baby's life including feeding, sleeping, baby development and keeping your baby safe.

Newborn baby essentials

Find out some of the essentials for looking after your newborn. Find out when your baby will need to have health checkups and immunisations. There is ...

Breastfeeding

Some mums may have problems such as sore, cracked or bleeding nipples, breast engorgement, oversupply, low supply, reflux and mastitis (blocked milk d...

Formula feeding

Learn more about bottle feeding with formula, how to feed your baby with formula, cleaning and sterilising baby bottles and reflux.

Moving onto solids

Weaning your baby is a big milestone. Find out how to tell if they are ready, how to get started and possible complications of introducing solids earl...

Sleep and settling your baby

Every baby will have their own pattern of sleeping. Find out how to settle and calm your baby and how to safely put your baby to sleep.

Your baby's health

It's important that you are able to recognise the signs and symptoms of an illness that will effect your baby and how you can treat them. From fever, ...

Your baby’s growth and development – first 12 months

Your baby will grow a lot in their first 12 months and there are a number of milestones that each baby will reach through their development.

Baby safety

All parents want to keep their baby safe. Find out the essentials like keeping your baby safe in your home, around water, out in the sun and when out ...

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