Newborn babies

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

Face of a newborn baby

If a premature baby has apnoea of prematurity, it means they stop breathing at times for 15-20 seconds. 

To be safe when travelling in vehicles, all children need to use an approved child restraint (this includes a booster seat) until they are 148cm tall (between nine and 12 years of age).

Crying is your baby's way of communicating. Babies often need a lot of calming, soothing and holding when they are upset.

Your baby's eyes should be checked soon after birth. If you have concerns about your baby's vision or hearing at any time, take your baby for an assessment.

Some babies will need home oxygen to help with their breathing.

Immunisation on time is the most effective way to protect pregnant mums, babies and children from preventable disease.

Iron is important for brain development and making new red blood cells to prevent a low red blood cell count.

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'.

Immunisation protects against rotavirus - a common tummy bug that children catch easily. Rotavirus causes vomiting and diarrhoea (runny, watery poo/tūtae).

Every year, too many New Zealand babies die suddenly during sleep. Find out about the best ways to reduce the risk. Make every sleep a safe sleep for your baby.

The best way to protect your baby against whooping cough is to immunise them on time.

Vitadol C is a liquid vitamin supplement that contains vitamins A, C and D.

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.