Gidget Foundation Australia
A self care worksheet for expectant and new parents
Self-care is identifying what you normally do to cope with life stresses. It can be useful to list all the strategies you use and see if they are helpful or unhelpful.
Tips for managing the transition into parenthood
The journey into parenthood is often a mixed experience with intense joys as well as lows, fears and times when the juggle between family and work can be very difficult.
How can support people help expectant and new parents
Expectant and new parents go through enormous changes in their lives in the lead up to, and when a baby arrives.
Self -care tips for expectant and new parents
Embarking on parenthood is a time of mixed emotions! It is common to feel overwhelmed, isolated and exhausted with little or no deep sleep. You will most likely have a combination of good and bad days.
Perinatal mental health in Australia
PNDA is treatable and temporary PNDA is when the number of bad days outnumber the good Anxiety can develop gradually and can be hard to detect.
Looking after yourself as a new dad
Fatherhood can feel relentless. The demands of taking care of a young family never stop, but in tandem with that you’ve also got to potentially stay afloat at work. In order to withstand those twin pressures, it pays off to pay extra attention to your self-care routines.
What to expect at your first appointment
It is normal to have anxiety about your first session with a psychologist or counsellor. It can be overwhelming, and you may not know what to expect. You don’t need to be nervous, but we understand if you are!
How to have a check-in conversation with expectant and new parents
If you know an expectant or new parent there are many ways to offer support. It can be hard to know where to start.
How to access counselling
This fact sheet outlines the process of making an appointment with one of our perinatal Clinicians. Gidget Foundation Australia is committed to providing specialist care for expectant and new parents Australia-wide.
COVID-19 support and connection for single parents
The experience of single or co-parenting can be isolating at the best of times, and during the current COVID-19 outbreak this can be a time of increased loneliness.
Self-care for expectant and new dads during the COVID-19 outbreak
If you and your partner are currently expecting a baby, or in isolation with a newborn, we understand that the COVID-19 outbreak may be causing additional stress and worry.
Speaking to young children about the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak
As a parent, it is our natural instinct to protect our children from scary news and the things that may cause them to worry about their safety, or their future.
It is hard to predict how much a baby can change a relationship. No-one is totally prepared for it and this seems to be the main reason for relationship dissatisfaction early on.
Parenting in a rural or remote location during COVID-19
Expectant and new parents in rural and remote areas of Australia have faced one of the toughest and most challenging years in their lives thus far.
COVID-19 and maintaining hope
Just when you thought life was getting a bit easier and some normality was resuming, we have been hit with more COVID outbreaks. This was expected to some degree once restrictions were lifted, but the impact on our overall wellbeing is significant.
Gidget kindness ideas #gidgetkind
Kindness is one of the things that we can control during difficult times. Often, it can feel as though there is so much happening that is out of our control, and the impact of this is deeply felt by us all.
Stay at home activities antenatal and postnatal
As there may be extended time at home in the upcoming weeks with social distancing or social isolation, it is very important to still find ways to keep occupied and connected during this unusual and dynamic time.
Grief and loss in the time of COVID-19
Life doesn’t feel ‘normal’ right now. Some of us are working from home, some are juggling family commitments and responsibilities, others are adjusting to a new baby – all without our usual support networks and communities.
Responsive Settling 0-12 months
Sleep is complex and follows a normal developmental course similar to the way your baby develops the ability to walk and talk. The maturation of your baby’s sleeping and waking cycles are one of her most important developmental tasks.
Responsive Settling 12 months - Toddlers
Sleep is complex and follows a normal developmental course similar to the way your toddler develops the ability to walk and talk. During the toddler years routines fit more comfortably in with the rest of your family.
Daily activities 6-8 months
Your baby’s clock is set by the environment and regular daily activities and their interactions with you.
Nutrition and your baby 8-12 months
At this age, meal times are all about helping your baby try new tastes, textures and smells from nutritious healthy food and enjoy their favourite foods.
Nutrition for new mums
By role modelling good eating and exercising habits from the very start, you are giving your child invaluable life skills.
Breastfeeding my new baby
Your breastmilk is perfectly designed for your baby and changes to meet your baby’s growing needs.
In your baby’s first year some mothers may encounter the occasional problem with breastfeeding.
My child my care
It is important to discuss with your childcare provider any opportunities for you and your child to visit the centre a few times before starting permanently.
Connecting through play 0-9 months
Play is not only fun, but is also essential for healthy brain development and enhancing secure parent-child attachment.
Connecting through play 9-18 months
As your baby grows they are learning to explore their environment.
Connecting through play 18 months - 3 years
By 18 months your child is becoming more vocal and more mobile.
At around six months of age, your baby will become increasingly curious about food and will be ready to experience a variety of different foods to complement their milk intake.
Normal newborn crying
The most common cause for a baby’s crying during the first 3 months is to alert you that they need to reestablish close, physical contact with you.
Preparing for baby
Maintain a healthy diet and active lifestyle with regular exercise – walking and swimming are especially good for pregnant women.
Preparing for childcare
Childcare is a big transition for a child of any age. Once you confirm that your child is starting care, there are some helpful things you can do to prepare them for this transition.
Tips for teething
Most babies get their first teeth by the age of six months; however some can teethe much earlier or later.
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