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Your newborn

From planning ahead to baby's first days - and your frequently asked questions.

Planning ahead for baby

Safety, comfort and ease are important when buying newborn clothes.

Newborn baby skin care is a delicate matter.

Here's advice on how to choose a changing bag and what to put in it.

Premature babies

If a baby is born before the 37th week, or 259 days of gestation, the baby will be considered a premature baby.

Concerns range from health matters to finding tiny nappies, clothing and feeding accessories.

Breastfeeding a premature baby may not be possible at first, but you can still express milk.

The decision on when a premature baby is ready to leave hospital and go home will depend on a number of factors.

Baby's first days

Unexpected birthmarks, a pulsating soft spot, jaundice, skin rashes, eyes that cross, head lumps and bumps can be a concern for new parents.

A common question new parents ask is: "Is the baby's size normal?"

Everyone fumbles with those first few nappies, but in a few days you'll be changing nappies like an expert.

Like all the "firsts" to come, baby's first bath is a special event

When it comes to even the simplest tasks, like baths and nail trimming, some parents feel confused.

If your baby makes noises when breathing, take note of what they sound like.

By four to six months most babies have developed a regular sleep pattern and the ability to sleep through the night.

With a crying baby, it doesn't matter whether you label it colic or just a bad night. The important thing is to be able to comfort your troubled little one.

Read more about cuddling and comforting your baby.

Frequent questions

The first day of your child's life will fly by in a whirl of medical checks and getting started with feeding.

New parents have plenty of questions about newborn babies.

Here are our top tips for getting used to the new member of the family and making the most of these precious early days.

What to look for when you are in the market for a maternity nurse, nanny or doula.

Your newborn girl's genitals have been exposed to many hormones while in the uterus.

A boy’s penis is fully formed at birth.

It is very common and normal for babies to have mildly enlarged breasts and/or lumps under the nipple.

Dummies: Should we or shouldn’t we use them for our baby?

What do you have to do, and when?

It is normal for a baby to have chubby legs and cheeks, and there are good reasons.

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