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Taking 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, as well as baby settling methods is provided in the factsheets below to reassure and educate you.

Newborn baby care

What babies know

Do you wonder how your infant’s mind and communication abilities develop so rapidly? Current studies will continue to contribute to our knowledge of normally-developing infant and early childhood milestones, and ultimately benefit children who may be at risk for problems learning language, reading and other cognitive skills.

You can participate with your baby either online from a home computer, or by visiting one of our BabyLab centres at Western Sydney University Bankstown, Kingswood, or Westmead. Please read our attached flyer for further information.

Common medical problems of newborns

Important information on tests to protect your newborn

Immunisation schedule

Information on newborn and child safety

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.

As your baby grows

The time spent with your growing child is precious and fun. Our fact sheets provide ideas on ways to enjoy your child that are educational and nurturing.