baby blue.jpgTaking your newborn home is a wonderful time but it is also challenging. New parents should not feel alone or worried and should never be scared to ask for help.

Every baby is unique and differs in personality and nature. Your baby will develop their own feeding and sleeping patterns, rate of growing, and specific likes or dislikes. Information on normal newborn behaviour and sleeping.

Settling methods are provided in the factsheets below to educate and reassure you.

Newborn baby care fact sheets

Important information on tests to protect your newborn

Immunisation schedule

Information on newborn and child safety

Fact sheets about common medical problems of newborns

Statewide Infant Screening - Hearing (SWISH) Program

Your baby will be offered a series of health checks in the first few weeks of life. One of these looks for hearing loss. The hearing screen will be offered as soon as possible after birth.

Why does my baby need a hearing screen?

You can learn more here about the Statewide Infant Screening - Hearing (SWISH) Program.

Community services for you and your baby

Being at home with your newborn can feel overwhelming so make sure you contact your community health nurse and consider joining a mother’s group for support.