Newborns & infants

Many parents feel prepared for the arrival of their baby after waiting with excited anticipation for 9 months. Despite this, all parents will accumulate a long list of questions about their baby which they are unsure how to answer. Unfortunately babies don’t come with a manual or set of instructions but below you can find resources about all things baby – from information about physical anomalies and general baby care to feeding, sleeping and settling. Importantly, parents also need to make sure they look after themselves and not be afraid to seek help when things are difficult.

The australian parenting website Raising Children’s Network has wonderful resources on babies 0-3 months and beyond. There is also a raising healthy minds app (free) in which you can tailor information & practical tips according to your child, family & interests. Other websites with comprehensive guidelines and advice include Tresillian & Karitane.

Physical

 General care

  • Safety:
    • CPR – CPR Training for Parents is a free online program developed to teach the steps involved in Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) for a baby (aged <12 months) or a child (aged >1 year).
    • Choking

Behaviour – understanding your baby’s cues & crying

  • Communicating with your baby
  • Crying – all babies cry. At times crying may indicate your baby needs something from you such as a nappy change or a feed, it may communicate they are too hot or cold or that they are tired and need a sleep. Babies also cry even though it seems they have had all of their possible needs met.
  • Some babies cry a little, some babies cry a lot. Crying frequency & duration increases over the first few weeks and in many, seems to peak at around 2 months of age and then slowly reduces.
  • The website The Period of Purple Crying® is a must-go-to resource for all parents of crying babies. The concept of Purple Crying was developed by a paediatrician who has studied infant crying. The word PURPLE is an acronym for the features associated with infant crying:
    • P: peaks around 2 months of age
    • U: unexpected & unpredictable
    • R: resists soothing
    • P: pain-like face
    • L: long lasting (5 hours or more per day)
    • E: more likely in the late afternoon/evening

 

 

Looking after yourself & where to get help