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The following resources are available from the Women's and Children's Health Network.

The following items can be downloaded free from this page:

Essential guides for parents with newborns or babies aged up to twelve month old.

Settling Your Baby

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Being a parent is a rewarding experience, but it can also be a challenging time if your baby isn't settling well.

This book will help you learn how to settle your baby safely, establish healthy daytime and night time sleep patterns, and also gives tips for looking after yourself. Learn the signs of why your baby's crying, playtime ideas, and good ways to involve your partner. A must read for new parents.

Download booklet (PDF - 1mb)

Breastfeeding Your Baby

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Feeding is vital to a baby's growth and development, and is something that parents and their babies need to learn together.

This book will help you look out for signs that your baby's hungry, how to manage fussy feeders, and provides the latest information on breastfeeding. You'll also learn about the importance of eating and drinking well, and how to balance breastfeeding and work. Breastfeeding Your Baby will help you feel confident about feeding your baby so it's an enjoyable experience for all.

Download booklet (PDF - 953kb)

Foods for Babies and Toddlers

Foods for babies and toddlers

Starting your baby on solid food is an important milestone in their life.

This book will help you know when your baby is ready to start solid foods, what to feed them and how much. Learn about toddler eating habits, the importance of food safety, and some useful tips for managing mealtimes. You'll feel confident about feeding your baby as they learn how to eat solids, progress to self feeding and become toddlers. There are also easy healthy recipes you can use for the whole family.

Download booklet (PDF - 1.4mb)

Welcome to your baby

Welcome to your baby

Welcome to your baby is a free booklet on parenting from the Women's and Children's Health Network. With useful information about babies, baby care and being a parent, it has lots of great tips to help you through the first few months.

Download booklet (PDF - 1.35mb)

Sleep and Settling - A reflective workbook for parents

Sleep and Settling - A reflective workbook for parents

This workbook is designed to help parents, with their health worker, to review the many factors that can influence their baby’s sleep and to strengthen their emotional wellbeing as their baby learns to settle and sleep.

You can use this workbook to help you identify and explore things you would like additional support with, apart from safe sleep strategies and specific settling techniques.

How you use this resource is up to you. You do not need to finish all of it or fill in every section.

Sharing your reflections with your health worker can be helpful.

Download booklet (PDF - 1.6mb)

Tucker for Toddlers

'Tucker for toddlers' booklet


The toddler years are a time for learning and discovery, and this includes learning about new foods and developing eating habits. This booklet provides a guide to the right types and amounts of foods that growing toddlers need, and practical tips on how to manage meal times and toddler eating behaviours.

A copy of the content may be downloaded here:
 Download booklet  (PDF - 1.6mb) 

Produced by the Nutrition Department of the Women's and Children's Health Network.

Expressed Breastmilk

Expressing breastmilk

This booklet is for parents of babies (healthy and term, preterm or sick and hospitalised). It covers:

  • the benefits of breastmilk for babies
  • the benefits of expressing milk for mothers and babies
  • how to get the most breastmilk when expressing, and to prevent a low breastmilk supply
  • how to hand-express
  • information about breast pumps
  • storage, transport and handling of expressed breastmilk
  • extra information for parents of preterm or sick and hospitalised babies

Download booklet (PDF - 1mb)

Infant formula - a guide to safe preparation and feeding of infant formula

'Infant formula' booklet This is a booklet for families who have already decided to bottle feed their baby. In this booklet, you will find information on how to bottle feed your baby with infant formula. If you have decided to breastfeed, or don't know whether to keep breastfeeding, please see your midwife, lactation consultant, child and family health nurse, or doctor for help or information.

Download booklet (PDF - 1.8mb)

Right from the start - Loving reading with your baby 

'Right from the start' booklet

Right from the start... is a first reading experience for parents and baby. Launched by the Premier of South Australia, the Minister of Health and well known Australian author Mem Fox, this is a free book given out to every newborn in SA from 1st October 2003.

$5.50 AUD inc GST
+ postage and handling

To order, contact Michelle Gordon via:

  • our Contact Us page, or
  • Phone: (08) 8303 1660 or (08) 8161 7777

Or go to the Parenting SA web site.

Right from the start - A book to share with baby

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Right from the start...This new book is based on 'Right from the start' (see above). It is especially for Aboriginal families to share with babies from an early age. It has been developed in consultation with many Aboriginal families and services.

Price: FREE

To order, contact Michelle Gordon via:

  • our Contact Us page, or
  • Phone: (08) 8303 1660 or (08) 8161 7777

Or go to the Parenting SA web site.

Nutrition for pregnancy and breastfeeding

'Nutrition for pregnancy and breastfeeding' booklet

There is never a better time to start improving your eating habits than when you are planning a pregnancy, pregnant or breast feeding. Good nutrition is important for your baby, even before conception. This booklet answers those tricky questions about good nutrition for women for pregnancy and breastfeeding.

Printed copies of the booklet are available for purchase from the Nutrition Department (Women's and Children's Hospital) for $2.00.

A copy of the content may be downloaded here:
Download booklet (PDF - 1.7mb)

Guide of Sanity & Survival for Young Parents (GOSSYP)

This publication is available from our Young Adult website.



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