Caring for babies

Click on the articles below to find tips and expert advice on how to give your baby the very best care and guidance.

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What are babies like?

At the start, it may seem a bit scary to look after a newborn baby. It can help if you understand some of the physical things about babies.

Right from the start

Babies learn and respond right from the time they are born and a baby’s brain grows more in the early months of life than at any other time.

mother with a cup of tea
Caring for yourself

It’s easy to find caring for a baby overwhelming, especially at first and it’s easy to think no-one else can possibly be feeling like this.

Living with babies

Find out about feeding, sleeping, bathing, teething, games and more.

Never shake a baby

Bringing up children is never easy and sometimes it's hard to cope, especially when caring for a baby...

baby crying

Crying is the only way that a helpless baby can get their needs met. Babies cry to make sure they survive, so it is important we respond.

dad with baby

The bond between you and your baby is called ‘attachment’. Attachment happens in the first few months of your baby’s life and helps them feel safe and secure so they grow up strong and confident.

baby crawling
Your baby's safety

Babies are helpless and unable to protect themselves. They are totally dependent on their parents or carers to make sure they are safe. There are many things that can help keep babies safe.

Articles are from DoCS Parenting Magazines which were based on the Parenting SA, Parent Easy Guides - see disclaimer & copyright.

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