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Getting to know baby’s whānau will help you to understand the best ways to help them.

Getting to know baby’s whānau will help you understand the best ways to help them.

Here are some suggested questions to ask whānau that could be helpful when talking about the baby and the family’s wellbeing during the early months of baby’s life. Choose ones you think are relevant for this whānau.

  • What was it like seeing baby for the first time?
  • How has your recovery been?
  • How are you feeling now?
  • Do you have any worries about how you’ve been feeling?
  • How much sleep are you getting?
  • What do you do to look after yourselves?
  • How has baby’s arrival affected others in the family?
  • What has becoming a parent meant to you?
  • Is there anything you need help with?
  • Who among your family and friends has offered you support?
  • What type of support would be helpful?
  • Have you had a chance to get together with other new parents?
  • Would you like some help to do that?
  • How’s it going with feeding baby?
  • What’s it been like caring and looking after baby – such as feeding, settling, comforting, bathing and playing?
  • How does baby let you know what they want?
  • What does baby do to show you how they’re feeling?
  • What sort of cues do they give you?
  • How do you cope when baby cries?
  • In what ways has baby changed since birth?
  • In what ways have you changed?
  • Are there things about baby’s progress that you particularly enjoy or are concerned about?
  • What have you learnt about baby so far?
  • Can you tell me a little about how you talk to and spend time with baby?
  • What would baby say if they could talk?

Helpful resources for parents

How does this topic relate to Tākai resources?

Baby wall frieze – Waiata mai – sing to me

Six things children need – Te ārahi me te māramatanga – guidance and understanding

Helpful resources for whānau