Spend time with your new baby to get to know them, and as you develop a bond they get to know you too. This lets your baby feel safe and free to learn and explore, and helps them to form relationships throughout their life. Check this section for advice about caring for your newborn baby. You could also check our section on breastfeeding
Newborn metabolic screening is available to all NZ babies. It's a test which involves collecting a sample of blood from your baby's heel 48 hours after their birth. People often call it the 'heel prick test'.
Babies have low levels of vitamin K in their bodies at birth. Without vitamin K, babies are at risk of getting a rare bleeding disorder. A single vitamin K injection given at birth is the most effective way of preventing this.