Parenting babies and children

Being a parent can be the best and the hardest thing you've ever done. Meet other families/whānau share their stories of parenting in the first 5 years and find out about the best things you can do to help your child learn and develop. You can also hear young children talk about how they like to be parented. Their words have inspired parents to think about what really matters for their families.

A mother kissing her young son while father and daughter play in the background

Three different whānau share their stories in a video about baby's first year. Hear what mums have to say about looking after yourself and dads describe how they support mum and baby.

Meet Monique and Paulo and their 6 week old baby, Peyton. Watch a video and hear Monique's advice about looking after yourself after baby is born and how your whānau and partner can support you.

Meet Sylvia, who is 4 months old, and her mum, Emily, dad Daniel, and Erika, a Well Child Tamariki Ora nurse. In a video, they talk about some of the things involved in caring for your baby from 6 weeks to 6 months of age.

Meet Frances and Wikeepa and their 11 month old baby, Waireti. In a video about caring for your baby from 6 to 12 months of age, hear how being a father has changed Wikeepa. Erika, a Well Child Tamariki Ora nurse talks about how you can help your baby to learn and develop.

Between 1 and 2 years your child may become more independent and their behaviour may change. Meet Amiria and Watene and their 2 children, Tawhai and Kahukura. Tawhai is 15 months old. Find out about safety in the home and how you can help your child learn and develop.

Children at 2 to 3 years of age are learning about themselves and what they want and don't want. Meet Kanae and Steve and their 2 children, Kaila and Hugo. Kaila is 2 years old. Watch a video and find out what Kanae and Steve enjoy most about being parents and their hopes for their children.

Children at 3 to 5 years of age are busy, are interested in new things and enjoy being active. Meet Ria and Barry and their 2 children, Ocean and Kārearea. Ocean is 3 and Kārearea is 4. Watch a video and find out how Ria and Barry care for their children and keep them healthy and safe.

Watch a video to see 3 different whānau share their stories about the rewards and challenges of being parents. We hear how the Well Child Tamariki Ora nurses give them support and advice about caring for your child from 1 to 5 years of age.

Watch a short video to see young children talk about how they like to be parented. Their words have inspired parents to think about what really matters for their families.

Attachment is the deep bond which develops between a child and their primary caregiver in the first few years of life. Secure attachments have positive outcomes for infants and children throughout their lives.

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

The foreskin is the loose skin that covers and protects the end of the penis. The foreskin and penis of an infant or child need no special care. A child's foreskin should never be pulled back (retracted) by force.

Every year, too many New Zealand babies die suddenly during sleep. Many of these deaths can be prevented. Find out how to make every sleep a safe sleep for your baby.