Every Child – Newborn to Age 2 Resource Links

Here are links to websites with information you may find useful between the time your baby is born and their second birthday.




Your baby’s development   

Welsh Government’s Talk with Me resources which provide guidance on what you can do during pregnancy and after birth to help your baby’s speech, language and communication skills – www.gov.wales/talk-with-me


Information about looking after mental health in pregnancy and following birth

Tommy’s mental health during pregnancy wellbeing guide – www.tommys.org/pregnancy-information/im-pregnant/mental-health-during-and-after-pregnancy/wellbeing-plan
NHS Wales’ general health advice – 111.wales.nhs.uk
MIND’s general mental health and wellbeing guidance – MIND.org.uk
NHS Wales’ advice on managing your mental health during pregnancy – 111.wales.nhs.uk/doityourself/pregnancy/existinghealthproblemsmentalhealth
NHS Wales’ advice on managing your mental health after the birth of the baby – 111.wales.nhs.uk/livewell/pregnancy/DepressedAfterChildbirth
NHS Wales’ guidance on looking after your mental health and wellbeing – 111.wales.nhs.uk/encyclopaedia/m/article/mentalhealthandwellbeing


General health in pregnancy

NHS Wales’ general information about health in pregnancy – 111.wales.nhs.uk
NHS Wales’ pregnancy guide – 111.wales.nhs.uk/livewell/pregnancy
NHS UK’s information on healthy weight gain during pregnancy – www.nhs.uk/pregnancy/related-conditions/common-symptoms/weight-gain/


General health information (for Dads and Partners)

Healthy Weight, Healthy You information on eating well and being physically active – healthyweight.wales


Nutrition in pregnancy

NHS Wales’ guidance on vitamins in pregnancy – 111.wales.nhs.uk/livewell/pregnancy/HealthWellbeingVitamins
Healthy Start Scheme – www.healthystart.nhs.uk
Trussell Trust’s guidance on accessing food banks – www.trusselltrust.org/get-help/emergency-food/food-vouchers/
First Steps Nutrition Trust’s guidance on eating well in pregnancy – www.firststepsnutrition.org/eating-well-in-pregnancy
The UK Association of Dietitians’ information about nutrition during pregnancy – www.bda.uk.com/resource/pregnancy-diet.html
Information about NHS run Nutrition Skills for Life courses in your area – nutritionskillsforlife.com/about-us/
The Vegan Society’s Eatwell plate for vegans – https://www.vegansociety.com/sites/default/files/uploads/downloads/The%20Vegan%20Eatwell%20Guide_2.pdf


Food safety during pregnancy

NHS Wales’ guidance on foods to avoid during pregnancy – 111.wales.nhs.uk/livewell/pregnancy/FoodstoAvoidH
Food Standards Agency’s guidance on avoiding food poisoning – www.food.gov.uk (and search for Consumer Advice)


Avoiding infections in pregnancy

NHS Wales’ guidance on avoiding infections in pregnancy – 111.wales. nhs.uk/livewell/pregnancy/HealthWellbeingInfections


Dental care in pregnancy

NHS Wales’ information on finding a NHS dentist in your area – 111.wales.nhs.uk/localservices/?s=Dentist&pc=n&sort=default


Taking medicines during pregnancy

NHS Wales’ advice on taking medicines during pregnancy – 111.wales.nhs.uk/livewell/pregnancy/HealthandwellbeingPharmacy


Drugs and alcohol use

Drug and Alcohol Network (DAN 247) for help and support to stop using drugs or alcohol – www.dan247.org.uk



Help Me Quit for help and support for quitting smoking – www.helpmequit.wales


Physical activity during pregnancy and after birth

NHS UK’s guidance on physical activity during pregnancy – www.nhs.uk/pregnancy/keeping-well/exercise/
The Pelvic Obstetric Gynaecological Physiotherapy’s information about exercise during and after pregnancy – thepogp.co.uk/patient_information/womens_health/advice_guidance_for_exercise_in_the_childbearing_years.aspx
NHS Wales’ guidance on physical activity and looking after your pelvic floor during pregnancy – 111.wales.nhs.uk/livewell/pregnancy/HealthWellbeingExercise
NHS UK’s guidance on physical activity during pregnancy – www.nhs.uk/pregnancy/keeping-well/exercise/


Your antenatal care

Public Health Wales’ information about antenatal screening tests – phw.nhs.wales/antenatal-screening
NHS Wales’ information about your schedule of antenatal appointments –
111.wales. nhs.uk/livewell/pregnancy/Antenatal%20appointments
NHS Wales’ information about which health professionals will look after your during your pregnancy – 111.wales.nhs.uk/livewell/pregnancy/whoswho/


Vaccinations in pregnancy

NHS Wales’ guidance on vaccination in pregnancy – 111.wales.nhs.uk/livewell/pregnancy/CanIhavevaccinationsinpregnancy/
Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists’ information about the COVID vaccine and pregnancy – www.rcog.org.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-pregnancy-and-women-s-health/


Buying a car seat

RoSPA guidance on buying a car seat – www.childcarseats.org.uk


Your rights relating to your care during pregnancy

Birthrights’ information about your rights during pregnancy – birthrights.org.uk
Birthrights’ information on consent during antenatal care and after birth –  www.birthrights.org.uk/factsheets/consenting-to-treatment/



Your employment rights during pregnancy and after the birth

UK Government’s information about your employment rights during pregnancy and after the birth, and the types of financial support you’re entitled to – www.gov.uk/browse/childcare-parenting/pregnancy-birth
UK Government’s information on your rights as a pregnant employee –www.gov.uk/working-when-pregnant-your-rights
Citizens Advice’s information about your employment rights while you’re pregnant – www.citizensadvice.org.uk/work/maternity-and-parental-rights/check-your-maternity-and-parental-rights/rights-while-pregnant-or-on-maternity-leave/rights-while-youre-pregnant-at-work/
Maternity Action’s information about your rights during pregnancy – maternityaction.org.uk
Maternity Action’s information about your rights during pregnancy if you’re on a zero hours contract – maternityaction.org.uk/advice/zero-hours-contracts-maternity-and-parental-rights/
UK Government information about paternity leave – www.gov.uk/paternity-pay-leave
General Citizens Advice guidance – www.citizensadvice.org.uk
Guidance on finding your nearest Citizens Advice office – www.citizensadvice.org.uk/wales/about-us/contact-us/
UK Government information on jobs and work – www.gov.uk/contact-jobcentre-plus


Managing your finances

The Money Advice Service guidance on managing family finances – www.moneyadviceservice.org.uk


Sources of support when you’re experiencing relationship issues

Relate’s guidance on managing relationship issues – www.relate.org.uk
Welsh Women’s Aid guidance on seeking help if you experience domestic abuse – www.welshwomensaid.org.uk


Support for single parents

Gingerbread’s guidance on where to look for support if you’re a single parent – www.gingerbread.org.uk


Coping with baby loss

NHS Wales’ guidance on coping when parents experience baby loss during pregnancy – 111.wales.nhs.uk/livewell/pregnancy/PregnancyGoesWrong
The Miscarriage Association guidance on coping with a miscarriage – www.miscarriageassociation.org.uk
Tommy’s baby loss support – www.tommys.org/baby-loss-support
Sands bereavement support – www.sands.org.uk


Labour and birth

NHS Wales’ information about your birthplace options – 111.wales.nhs.uk/livewell/pregnancy/WhereYouCanGiveBirth
NHS Wales’ information about premature labour – 111.wales.nhs.uk/livewell/pregnancy/PrematureLabour
NHS Wales’ information about the signs of labour – 111.wales.nhs.uk/livewell/pregnancy/SignsAndStagesLabour/
NHS Wales’ information about the stages of labour – 111.wales.nhs.uk/livewell/pregnancy/StagesLabour/
NHS guidance on having an assisted birth –
NHS Wales’ guidance on having a caesarean section –
Bliss information about what to do if your baby is born premature – www.bliss.org.uk


Routine newborn tests

Public Health Wales’ information about newborn blood spot screening –
phw.nhs.wales/services-and-teams/screening/newborn-bloodspot screening-wales
Public Health Wales’ information about newborn hearing screening –
phw.nhs.wales/services-and-teams/screening/newborn-hearing screening-wales/
NHS Wales’ information about the newborn physical examination – 111.wales.nhs.uk/LiveWell/Pregnancy/newbornphysicalexamination


Caring for your newborn

NHS Wales’ guidance on changing your baby’s nappy –111.wales.nhs.uk/livewell/pregnancy/newbornessentialsnappies/
NHS Wales’ guidance on cleaning your newborn – 111.wales.nhs.uk/livewell/pregnancy/newbornessentialswashing/


Soothing a crying baby

Welsh Government’s Parenting.Give it time advice for soothing a crying baby – www.gov.wales/parenting-give-it-time/guidance-and-advice/tricky-moments-and-behaviours/coping-crying-baby


Safe sleeping environments for your baby

The Lullaby Trust safe sleep guidance – www.lullabytrust.org.uk



NHS Wales’ advice on following a healthy diet while breastfeeding – 111.wales.nhs.uk/livewell/pregnancy/breastfeedingdiet
The Twins Trust guidance on breastfeeding twins – twinstrust.org/let-us-help/parenting/under-1s/feeding/breastfeeding.html
Everychild Wales information about the benefits of breastfeeding – everychildwales.co.uk/growing steadily
NHS Wales’ information on the benefits of breastfeeding – 111.wales.nhs.uk/livewell/pregnancy/breastfeedingwhy/
NHS Wales’ information on managing breast pain whilst breast feeding – www.nhs.uk/conditions/baby/breastfeeding-and-bottle-feeding/breastfeeding-problems/breast-pain/
Unicef information about breastfeeding – www.unicef.org.uk/babyfriendly/
The I Feed Project’s guidance on bonding with your baby during breastfeeding – www.ifeedproject.co.uk/


Recovery from birth

Tommy’s information about recovering from birth –
NHS Wales’ guidance on recovering after an episiotomy or a perineal tear –
NHS Wales’ information about contraception following birth – 111.wales.nhs.uk/doityourself/pregnancy/newmumssexcontraception/


Registering the birth of your baby

UK Government’s Information for parents when registering the births of their babies – www.gov.uk/register-birth


Becoming a surrogate parent

UK Government’s Information for parents having a child through surrogacy – www.gov.uk/government/publications/having-a-child-through-surrogacy/care-in-surrogacy-guidance-for-the-care-of-surrogates-and-intended-parents-in-surrogate-births-in-england-and-wales
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