Every pregnancy and birth is different and life-changing. As wonderful as it can be, becoming a new parent is demanding, so it's important to get help when you need it.
Your health visitor, family or friends are essential sources of advice, however there are also many organisations and useful websites to help new parents. We've grouped these into topics - click on the topic headings below
Pregnancy, birth and your new baby: what to expect and sources of support. Includes guides for parents with learning difficulties.
What your baby is trying to tell you when they cry. Help getting your baby to sleep. Breast or bottle feeding and weaning.
Finding and choosing a childminder or nursery in your local area. Paying for childcare, including help through your employer.
First aid for babies. Preventing accidents in the home including reducing the risks of cot death. Choosing a car seat and guidance on in-car safety.
Organisations providing support for different types of disability. Information on parenthood for parents with a disability.
How babies communicate and how you can help develop their early learning. Playing and singing with your baby. Books for babies.
Pregnancy problems and difficult birth. Premature or sick baby. Post natal depression (PND).
Maternity and paternity rights. Financial support for families, whether working or unemployed, including benefits and tax credits. Paying for childcare.
Bonding with your baby. Looking after your relationship with your partner. Sex during pregnancy and after the birth.