Parenting your baby

Mixed Race Family Playing on the Blanket

A baby will keep you busy! Babies need to be fed, have diapers changed, and be kept safe and healthy. You also need to make sure that they’re getting enough Tummy Time and sometimes deal with crying that seems like it will never stop. But perhaps the most important thing you will do in the first 18 months is to build a healthy relationship with your baby.

There is no such thing as spending too much time with your baby. You won’t spoil them. Every minute that they are shown attention and love will only help them thrive. There are different activities you can do with your baby at different stages that will help the two of you bond.

Playing with baby: 0-6 months
Playing with baby: 6-9 months
Playing with baby: 12-18 months

Forgive yourself and your partner for mistakes – nobody is perfect.

Take care of yourself, parents who are feeling lonely, afraid, sad or worried will find it hard to respond to their baby’s needs.

If you find that you’re struggling with caring for your baby, it doesn’t mean you’re a bad parent. Sometimes building that relationship just takes time. It may also be a sign that you need more support. Talk to your public health nurse or family doctor.

Always use gentle hands and kind voice – gaining your baby’s trust by being a steady source of comfort is the key to a healthy relationship