Congratulations on your new-born baby. It is a very exciting time but can also be scary for parents who are unsure what to do next or what challenges. So here are some simple tips for you and your baby to get the best from the practice.
Hopefully you already have full access to your own GP electronic health record and can see what your doctor or nurse has written about you. If you have registered your baby then why not also register for you to be able to see their electronic health records too. You can then also see what their doctor or nurse has written about them. For many babies, the first consultation can often be the 8 week baby check-up as part of your baby’s health and development reviews when they also get their first immunisations too. Why not register your baby so that you can see what the doctor or nurse have written and also check what immunisations they have had. If you have not yet done so then please complete the Record Access and Understanding Safety checklist questionnaire . You will need to have registered yourself on Patient Access and use this to get proxy access so that you can use your passwords to access their records with (if you have parental responsibility).
Your new baby
When your baby arrives, you can find advice on baby care, including:
Feeding, teething and tantrums
- find out about parenting, including support and services for parents, keeping fit, and going back to work
- know the signs of serious illness in babies and the symptoms of infectious illnesses such as chickenpox
- find out how to keep your baby safe and what to do if your baby has an accident
- at 6 months old your baby will need to start solid foods, so be prepared with our weaning tips and first food ideas
- as your baby becomes a toddler, get tips on teething, the importance of play, temper tantrums and potty training
Want to share your pregnancy and baby experiences?
Connect with others who can offer practical and emotional support about any pregnancy and baby issues on the HealthUnlocked NCT forum.
Click on the links below to learn more
- NHS Choices
- Healthy Start
- Netmums – a national / local website on pregnancy and the early years which the local health visitors are promoting
- Breast Feeding: positioning and attachment
- Pregnancy and Baby
- Best Beginnings
- Babies: the first year
- Toddlers to preschool
- Black and Minority Ethnic Families
- Download Baby Buddy now for Android and iPhone from pregnancy until your baby is 6 months old
- Postnatal Depression by NHS Choices
- Association for Postnatal Illness