Feeding and sleeping patterns
Babies may establish there own feeding and sleeping patterns for the first few weeks but many remain unpredictable for much longer. Australia
Feeding a new baby
Breast milk is ideal food for a baby and there are strong health and emotional benefit s from breast feeding. Breastfeeding supports the development of a secure attachment between the mother and the baby and provides some immunity to the baby. Click through links to further information on breast feeding. Australia
Babies who are bottle fed must be held and cuddle while feeding to ensure their social and emotional growth including attachment to a significant adult. Propping a bottle for the baby to feed by himself is not safe.
From milk to solids
Feeding the young infant milk and later moving on to solid food is essential for growth and learning how to chew and swallow. Chewing is also important for later speech development. Click through links to further information on introducing and feeding babies solids. Australian
Co-sleeping with babies
Some people worry about parents sleeping with their baby. Answers to common questions about co-sleeping. Australia
Teething-tooth development-tooth care
An overview of teeth and teething for babies. It also covers teeth and tooth care for toddlers, preschoolers and school age children. Australia
Early Childhood Australia Policy: Breastfeeding
Book: Eat right, don't fight: A practical guide to feeding children from birth to the preschool years
Book: Look who's eating now: Quick, simple, healthy baby and toddler meals
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