Looking after your new baby

A new baby can be a massive learning curve, with so many new things for you to know and do.

It’s important to understand your baby’s needs, so you know what to expect during this exciting time.

Your baby’s needs

Babies need to be kept clean, comfortable, warm and fed. They need to sleep when they are tired and have someone to play with and cuddle them when they are awake.

Remember, your baby will be learning from you from before they are born. You are their first teacher and they will learn about the world through their experiences and environment.

It’s important to think about, treat and talk to your baby as an individual; they will have their own likes and dislikes. Try not to startle your baby. Use conversation, contact or singing to help make them feel safe. It’s never too early to start talking to your baby, as listening to you speak will help their intellectual development.

Be flexible. Don’t stick to a set routine if it doesn’t suit you and your child. A baby’s routine will change along with their changing needs.

Image Parent smiles at their baby, teaching emotional and social skills and making bonding time

Published — 30 August 2016 Last updated — 04 November 2016

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