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Caring for your baby

The amount of advice you receive as a new parent can be overwhelming.

Every parent’s journey through the first years of their child’s life is different, and it is important to remember that what works for other parents may not work for you and your baby.

Confidence in caring for your baby takes time, patience and practice. The information and resources here offer support for your journey, whether this is your first or fourth baby.


Your baby is like a sponge, soaking up all of the sounds, imagery, tastes and touch sensations in their new world. These experiences help your baby develop and grow.

You can help them understand their new world by creating routine. It is best to take cues from your baby about when they need to feed, play and sleep. Trying to do each of these activities at similar times throughout the day, and in a predictable order, can help your baby feel settled and secure.


Safe sleeping

It’s important for babies to sleep in a safe position to reduce the risk of Sudden Unexpected Death in Infants (SUDI) including Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).

Settling your baby

Once you know how to put your baby down to sleep safely, it is important to introduce consistent sleep and settling patterns.

The Ellen Barron Family Centre has developed a video series on ‘responsive settling’ strategies to help your baby sleep while introducing a bedtime routine.


Good nutrition is essential to give your baby the best possible start in life.

During the first 6 months, breast milk provides all the nutrition your baby needs and helps protect them against infection. Breast feeding does not always come easily, and it is completely normal for some mothers to have support from their hospital care team.

For more information, view our fact sheets on breast feeding and bottle feeding.

Baby’s first foods

Our Baby’s first foods resources offer parents and carers advice on infant nutrition, the importance of exclusive breastfeeding to around 6 months old, and when to introduce complementary foods.

Baby’s first foods poster


Baby’s first foods flipchart


Note: Print copies of the flipchart can be bulk ordered in boxes of 250. Complete the  request form and email to

Baby’s First Food videos

How do I know my baby is ready for food?

When and how do I feed my baby?

What drinks do I give my baby?

What foods do I avoid giving my baby?

How do I keep my baby’s food safe?

What about allergies?


This information does not replace advice from doctors and other healthcare professionals. Always seek medical advice for any health concerns about your child. Children’s Health Queensland Hospital and Health Service accepts no responsibility for any inaccuracies, information perceived as misleading, or the success of any treatment regimen detailed in fact sheets.