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.
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.
How often should I visit?
You will be asked to see your maternal and child health nurse at 10 key ages and stages in your child’s health, learning and development. These include:
Families can access the service at other times by telephone or through a centre visit. Most centres offer a range of times when families can access the service. They typically operate through scheduled appointments, open consultation sessions and some after-hours appointments.
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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