How to parent and provide basic care for my baby

A new baby can be an overwhelming experience but the more you know the better you will be able to care for your baby. To find out more follow the information below.


To provide basic care to my child

Let's start with why this is important:

  • providing basic care to your child is essential to their development
  • everyone needs help with parenting, it is a skill that we work on like any other skill

What to do next

Learn more about looking after a baby

Want to know more about breastfeeding, changing a nappy, washing a baby, putting a baby to sleep safely, routines and play. Go this website to see all of the advice in easy pictures. 

Parenting in Pictures: babies

Download the MCH app

The Maternal and Child Health app (MCH app) provides reliable information that families can use every day.

Download the free MCH app for trusted information matched to the age of your child, at your fingertips! The app can also track your child’s growth, and remind you about upcoming MCH appointments or immunisations.

Practice self care

Having a new baby is a difficult time. Sometimes, parents have difficulty adjusting to the many physical, emotional, psychological and social challenges of parenting.

Follow this guide for some practical self care tips.

More Information & Services

​​Call PARENTLINE, 13 22 89 a phone service for parents and carers of children from birth to 18 years old. They offer confidential and anonymous counselling and support on parenting issues.

Call PANDA National Helpline 1300 726 306, Mon to Fri, 9am - 7.30pm AEST/AEDT

The Orange Door is the new access point for women, children and young people who are experiencing family violence or families who need assistance with the care and wellbeing of children to access the services they need to be safe and supported.

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