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Newborn baby essentials

Regular health checks for babies

Regular health checks will not only reassure you your baby’s growth and development are on track, but may indicate a health issue that could otherwise...

How your baby gains weight

All babies will gain weight differently, but there are some guidelines for healthy weight gain.

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.

Baby names

Some ideas on where to look for inspiration to name your baby and information on how long you have to register your baby's name in your state or terri...

Immunisation and vaccinations for your child

Immunisation is a simple, safe and effective way of protecting children against certain diseases. Discover more about childhood vaccinations.

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.

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.

About the fontanelle

Fontanelles are soft spots on your baby’s head where the skull bones haven’t fused together yet. Learn what to expect and the signs that might mean yo...

Poos and wees

Babies have very delicate skin and need changing soon after they wet themselves or passed a stool (poo) to prevent nappy rash and stop them from smell...

How to choose a nappy for your baby

Choosing which nappy you will use for your baby will depend on what is important to you and your family.

Hiccups

Hiccups occur when the diaphragm suddenly and involuntarily contracts (tightens), resulting in a hiccup sound being produced at the top of the windpip...

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