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What is a newborn baby?
A newborn baby is a baby that is 28 days or less in age. This is when babies are at their most vulnerable and are totally reliant on others for feeding, caring and nurturing.
What should I do to get my home ready for my newborn baby?
They may be tiny and not very mobile, but there are still plenty of potential hazards to be aware of around a newborn baby. Babies like to put things in their mouths. Keep all small items out of reach of your child, as babies can …
What are the most common injuries in newborn babies?
Falls are the main cause of injuries in newborn babies, usually by falling off change tables or other raised surfaces. Avoid this by always keeping a hand on your baby while changing them, or by using a changing mat that is placed on the …
Are family pets safe with my newborn baby?
Never leave your baby alone with pets, as even the most placid dog or cat can act unexpectedly around a new baby.
Can I leave my newborn baby in the car when I go shopping?
It is illegal to leave a baby alone in the car, even for a few minutes.
What other risks are there when travelling with a newborn baby in the car?
Cars become very hot very quickly, so protect your child from heat and direct sunlight by not overdressing them and parking the car in the shade. Always get into the habit of putting your baby into your car on the …
Is it safe to put my newborn baby in a baby sling?
Very small and unwell newborn babies can be at risk of suffocating in a baby sling if they get into the wrong position. Following the rules of T.I.C.K. (Tight; In view; Close, and; Keep) will help you remember how to keep your baby safe in …
Are newborn babies easily injured?
Newborn babies cannot support their heads for a few months after birth so always provide support for your newborn baby's head and neck when moving, lifting or carrying them. Your newborn baby has a fragile spine and is easily hurt. Never shake your baby …
About this article
Author: Karen McCloskey BHSc
First answered: 22 Nov 2014
Last reviewed: 19 May 2018
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Category: Newborn baby care and safety