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Baby teething and gums

Teething symptoms appear from about 13 weeks on. Read how to identify and deal with your baby’s teething problems, what to expect, and when to get medical advice.

Winding and burping your baby

You will need to regularly wind and burp your newborn. Wind is air that your baby has swallowed when they were feeding, crying or yawning. Learn tips for winding your baby.

How much sleep babies and young children need

Every child is different and the amount of sleep they need will change as they grow. Find out how much they need and when to put them to bed.

  • How to help your child sleep through the night

    Children need a good night's sleep and developing good sleep practices will help. Find out what can help, which sleep associations to avoid and how to phase out night feeds when you and your child are ready

  • How to dress and undress your baby

    Dress your baby according to the temperature. Always dress and undress them on a safe surface. Read tips on how to safely put on and remove common baby clothes.

  • How to cut your baby's nails

    You'll need to cut your baby's nails so that they don't scratch their face. Read a step-by-step guide on how to cut your baby's nails safely

  • Children's nightmares and night terrors

    Learn about dreams that upset or frighten your child, what causes them, prevention and how to help your child.

  • Naps for babies and toddlers

    Naps are very important for babies and toddlers. Children usually continue to nap until around age 3. Read about when your baby or toddler should nap and how you can help them nap

  • Thumb-sucking and soothers

    Find out why your child sucks their thumb or a soother, the effects this has on their development, and how to encourage them to stop.

  • Physical activity for children

    Find out how to keep your child fit and active and why it’s important to their development.

  • Caring for your child's teeth

    How to care for your baby’s teeth and how to prevent tooth decay.

  • Caring for your baby's skin

    A newborn baby's skin is much thinner and more sensitive than adult skin. Skincare concerns are common for newborns, so don't worry. These practical tips will help you care for your baby's skin.

  • Why babies cry

    Babies cry for many reasons. Crying is your baby's way of communicating with you that they need something. Learn about a number of reasons your baby may be crying.

  • Toddler temper tantrums

    How to deal with toddler temper tantrums and what to do if your child has started shouting, biting or kicking.

  • Time-out - help your child behave a better way

    Time-out can help your child learn a better way to behave when they are feeling frustrated or angry. Find out how time-out can be used to help discipline a child who is misbehaving.

  • Children and fussy eating

    Find out why your child is a fussy eater and what you can do to help them eat properly.

  • Bathing your baby

    It is important to bathe your baby correctly in order to keep them safe. Adult supervision is necessary for your baby at all times. Read tips and a step-by-step guide on how to safely bathe your baby.

  • Toilet training your child

    Toilet training or potty training is helping your child learn to use the toilet. Get tips on how to train your child and knowing when your child is ready to learn.

  • Bedtime routines for babies and young children

    A consistent bedtime routine will help your child develop good sleep habits. Find out when to start a bedtime routine and what can help babies and toddlers to fall asleep.

  • Helping your child get back to sleep when they wake

    It is normal for young babies to wake during the night. As they grow, they may have longer night-time sleep periods. Find out what to do when they wake in the night.