Caring for your Baby, website and booklet

Caring for your Baby and Caring for your Child website and booklets aim to help you to care for yourself and your child during your child's first five years. Public Health Nurses give these booklets to every new parent during their visits and we have developed the content as an online resource also. We asked parents what information they needed. They said they wanted common-sense information and tips on the general care of their child, their child's growth and development, what to do if their child has a problem and who to get in touch with for more help and support.


Caring for your Baby
0 - 6 Months

Caring for your child 6mths2yrs

Caring for your Child
6 months - 2 years

Caring for your child 2to5yrs

Caring for your Child
2 - 5 Years

The information is based on the most up-to-date, accurate information available within the Health Services, and on opinion from professionals in child health, support services, voluntary organisations and parent groups.

Each baby is special and for some of you, the details in this website is only the beginning of your search for information on how to do the best for your baby and you.

Sincere thanks to all the health professionals who helped in the development of this child health website, especially the parents.

Caring for your Baby 0-6 months.pdf (size 1.3 MB)

Caring for your Child 6months-2 years.pdf (size 1.6 MB)

Caring for your Child 2-5 years.pdf (size 2.3 MB)

Cork University Maternity Hospital - Information on preparing for birth and parenthood

Parents-to-be attending parent-craft classes at Cork University Maternity Hospital get a colourful, reader-friendly guide covering key topics on:

• Before the birth of your baby
• Preparing to give birth
• Labour and birth
• After the birth
• Looking after yourself following the birth
• At home with baby.

Information on Preparing for Birth and Childhood (size 1.13MB)