Looking after your growing baby

Tips on reading and playing with your baby, childcare, illness and weaning.

Looking after your growing baby

Early communication

Soon after birth, your child is developing speaking and listening skills well before their first words.

Your baby’s immunisations

Immunisation is the safest and most effective way of protecting your baby against some serious disease.

Childcare and babysitting

If you are returning to work full- or part-time, then you will have to consider childcare arrangements.

Getting it right for every child (GIRFEC)

An approach to improve children's services. It is intended as a framework that provides children, young people and their families quick and effective support when it is needed.

Weaning your baby

Weaning is about introducing other food to your baby alongside her usual breast or formula milk.


Teething normally starts between 6 and 8 months, but it can start earlier or later than this.

Safety and your
growing baby

As your baby starts to grow and develop it’s important to make sure that your home is safe and free from danger.

If your baby is ill

Babies who scream for a long time are worrying to parents, but babies who are really ill don’t cry continuously and loudly.

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