Your Babys Development

Video Series: Watch How Your Baby Develops from Newborn to 1st Birthday

Do you want great advice on how babies develop in their first year? Kiwi mums share their experience in these awesome videos from the Ministry of Health

 Baby – Article by  mum+

How your baby develops: the first 6 weeks

Viewing time: 3m 55s

What you will learn in this video:

  • We meet Monique and Paulo, newlyweds from Wellington, and their firstborn son Peyton
  • Monique advises new mums to ‘expect the unexpected’
  • Ngaruna is their Well Child Tamariki Ora nurse – your nurse will check you and your baby at six weeks
  • Your baby will be measured and weighed and your nurse will discuss breastfeeding, sleep and immunisations with you.
  • It is so important for mums to look after themselves too – Monique urges mums to ask for help
  • Paulo tells us that fatherhood is an exciting challenge and it’s important to work as a team

How your baby develops: 6 weeks to 6 months

Viewing time: 4m 06s

What you will learn in this video:

  • We meet Emily and Daniel and their 4-month-old daughter Sylvia
  • Babies are becoming more perceptive and mobile at this age, holding their head up and laughing
  • Your baby can start to teeth between 3-12 months (average is 5 months)
  • Baby teeth are so important – hygiene is crucial and you can use a soft toothbrush as soon as little teeth appear
  • Breastfeeding can be uncomfortable at this stage but remains the very best start we can give our babies
  • Breastmilk is free, mobile, the perfect temperature for baby and full of fantastic healthy goodness!
  • Emily advises new mums that you are doing great – even when you aren’t feeling it

How your baby develops: 6 months to 1 year old

Viewing time: 4m 41s

What you will learn in this video:

  • At this age, playing, singing, reading, and interacting with your baby is so important for their speech and movement development.
  • Feed your baby natural food where you can
  • Key milestones are happening from 6 months such as starting solids and increased mobility
  • Safety should be a priority, such as putting gates on your stairs
  • Make sure you are brushing your baby’s teeth twice a day
  • Having a baby is challenging when both parent work – Wikeepa recommends planning ahead to make things easier
  • Remember: Play play play!

Better health outcomes for New Zealanders

Supporting You in Motherhood

The Ministry of Health has responsibility for the management and development of healthcare in New Zealand. They provide heaps of useful information for you and your family and you can find out more here.
You can check out more information about your baby’s first year here.

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