What happens at my eight week maternal and child health visit?
This visit will focus on:
Remember, you and your nurse can talk about other issues or concerns if they arise.
Don't forget your 'green book'
When your baby was born, you should have received a copy of My Health, Learning and Development – green book. This book belongs to you and your baby and is full of information about early child development, and services and support.
Make sure you take your green book with you each time you see your nurse so you can jot down any issues, and record information on your baby's growth and development.
If you don't have a green book, let your nurse know.
What is my baby doing at this key age and stage?
At this age, your baby is constantly learning about the world around them. They will be showing more emotions and starting to communicate with you in new ways. They might be:
- bringing their hands together
- making sounds like they are 'talking'
- looking at you when you talk to them
- copying your facial expressions.
What to tell your nurse
Please tell the nurse if your baby is:
- NOT making any sounds
- NOT beginning to smile
- NOT looking at you in the eyes.
Activity ideas for this key age and stage
Try some of these ideas to help your baby learn and develop:
- sing to them during feeds, bath time and when changing their nappy
- play with them when they are on their tummy on the floor
- take them for walks outside and chat with them
- smile at them
- cuddle and talk to them in a soothing voice.
Have you got your baby bundle?
If you are a first-time parent (after July 2019) and live in Victoria, you may eligible to receive the Victorian Government’s baby bundle which contains nursery essentials and key parenting information and resources to support the health, development and wellbeing of your baby.
Tell your maternal and child health nurse if you did not receive one.
Where to get help
This page has been produced in consultation with and approved by:
Maternal and Child Health and Parenting
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