Bringing your baby home will probably be one of the biggest days of your life, and the starting point for a huge challenge – fatherhood.

Getting involved in the daily care of your baby – dressing, settling, playing, bathing and nappy changing – is the best way to build your skills and confidence. These everyday activities also create lots of one-on-one time with your baby, which is the building block of a positive relationship.

The tools and resources below can help you get started.

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    Sing to your baby

    Forgotten the words to 'Rock-a-Bye Baby'? Sing to your child with confidence with a little help from Don Spencer in this animated singing game.

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    Find local resources

    Look up local playgroups, pharmacies and child support services on an interactive map of your neighbourhood.

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    Baby Cues video guide

    Our video guide shows common baby cues to help you understand your baby’s body language.

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    Dad and Partner Pay

    This Australian Government payment supports new dads and partners by providing two weeks of government-funded pay following birth or adoption.


Raising Children Network is supported by the Australian Government. Member organisations are the Parenting Research Centre and the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute with The Royal Children’s Hospital Centre for Community Child Health.

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