This is usually your first visit to the local Maternal and Child Health centre. At this and every other key age and stage visit, you and your nurse will discuss the growth, health and development of your baby.
What happens at my two 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 come up.
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?
Even at this very young age, your newborn is ready to learn about the world around them. They might be:
- spending lots of time sleeping, feeding and crying
- grasping your fingers when you put them in your baby’s hands
- getting startled by loud noises
- starting to focus on faces
- looking into your eyes.
What to tell your nurse
Please tell the nurse if your baby:
- is NOT making any sounds
- is NOT feeding well.
Activity ideas for this key age and stage
It's never too early to help your baby learn and develop – you may like to:
- talk to them about what you are doing (e.g. "let's have a nice warm bath now")
- look into their eyes and copy their expressions
- cuddle them close to your chest
- give them lots of skin to skin contact or try baby massage
- talk and sing songs to them.
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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