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Looking after your newborn

A day in the life of a newborn

Most babies settle into a daily pattern of sleeping, feeding and playing, whether you follow what your newborn does or establish a simple routine.

About the fontanelle

Fontanelles are soft spots on a baby's head where the skull bones have not yet completely fused together. Learn what signs may be a health problem.

Babies in cold weather

It's important to be aware of how much clothing and the type of clothing your baby will need to keep comfortably warm in cold weather.

Babies in hot weather

Hot weather can be dangerous for babies because they are easily affected by the heat. Learn how to keep your baby cool and safe in the heat.

Baby monitors and sensors

Baby monitors and sensors can alert you when your baby cries, but they shouldn't be your only safety measure. Learn more about them here.

Baby poo colour chart

Just what can you expect to see in your baby's nappy? What you find may surprise you, but your baby's poo can tell you a lot about their health.

Cleaning your baby's ears, eyes and nose

Cleaning your baby's ears, eyes and nose is usually best done just before they have their bath. Learn how to clean your baby safely and without fuss.

Dressing a newborn

When dressing your newborn, there are a few things to consider, like which clothes to use, how to dress them and making sure the change table is safe.

Guide to prams and strollers

It is important to use prams and strollers that meet Australian safety standards. Learn about types of prams, and safety tips for using them.

How to cut your baby's nails

You may feel nervous when you first cut your newborn baby's tiny nails. Read on for tips for cutting their fingernails and toenails with confidence.

How to know when your baby is well - video

Knowing that your baby is well gives you confidence and peace of mind as a parent.

How your baby gains weight

All babies gain weight at different rates. Understand your baby's healthy weight gain with guidelines on feeding, growth and developmental milestones.

Immunisation and vaccinations for your child

Vaccinations and immunisation protect babies and children. Read more on why and when to vaccinate your child, and about side effects and costs.


Nappies play a big role in your baby's life during the first two years. Learn about the different types, how to choose, the environmental impact and s...

Routine health checks for babies and children

Routine health checks with a child health nurse or GP will check your child's growth and development and keep up to date with their routine vaccinatio...

Swaddling your baby

Swaddling or wrapping your newborn baby can help settle them to sleep and reduce awakenings.

Umbilical cord care

The umbilical stump will heal naturally, but there are some steps you can take to prevent any problems during the healing process.

Washing your baby

You don't need to bathe your baby every day but you should wash their face, neck, hands and bottom carefully every day.

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