• This is your third key age and stage visit with a maternal and child health nurse in your local area.
  • Maternal and child health nurses work in partnership with families to care for babies and young children until they start school. The service is free for all Victorian families.
  • You will visit a maternal and child health nurse at 10 key ages and stages from birth to three and a half years.
  • Your nurse can help you with things like breastfeeding and feeding your child; sleep and settling, making sure your child is growing, learning and developing well; being a parent and looking after yourself.

What happens at my four 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?

Even at this very young age, your baby is learning. Everything they see, hear and touch helps their brain grow and develop. They might be:

  • watching familiar faces when being fed to or talked to 
  • lifting their head briefly and turn it from side to side when on their tummy
  • shutting their eyes to bright light
  • responding to your voice
  • moving their lips and tongue when you talk to them.

What to tell your nurse

Please tell the nurse if your baby is: 

  • NOT making any sounds 
  • NOT beginning to watch faces 
  • NOT responding to bright lights 
  • NOT moving both arms and legs.

Activity ideas for this key age and stage

Try some of these ideas to help your baby learn and develop:  

  • copy their sounds and expressions
  • give them some tummy time on your lap, chest or on a rolled up towel
  • sing songs and rhymes to them
  • look into their eyes, smile and chat with them
  • share stories and read aloud.

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.

Tip sheets for this visit

Where to get help

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Maternal and child health

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Family structures

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Raising healthy children

Common childhood health concerns


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Grief and trauma

Support for parents

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Last updated: October 2019

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