Welcome to the Nestlé Baby Website

Welcome to our Baby Website where you’ll find lots of information on the wonderful journey of parenthood, from pregnancy, to birth and your child’s early development. Every child’s development is different, so be sure to consult with your health care professional if you have any concerns.

You’ll also find plenty of information about what you can feed your child.

Know your baby’s nutritional needs and download our 'Breastfeeding' brochure here

When it comes to babies, Breastfeeding is best, and provides the ideal balanced diet and protection against illness. During pregnancy and after delivery, a mother’s diet should contain sufficient key nutrients. Professional guidance can be sought on diet and the preparation for and maintenance of breastfeeding. Infant formula is intended to replace breast-milk when mothers do not breastfeed. A decision not to breast-feed, or to introduce partial bottle-feeding, could reduce the supply of breast-milk. Once reduced, it is difficult to re-establish. Infant formula should be prepared and used as directed. Unnecessary or improper use, such as the use of unboiled water, unboiled bottles or incorrect dilution may present a health hazard. Social and financial implications, such as the preparation requirements and the cost of providing formula until 12 months of age, should be considered when choosing how to feed infants.

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The stages of labour

You’re having your baby! After around nine months of waiting and with your birth plan at the ready, you’re going into labour. While labour is different every time, it helps to understand the three main stages of labour so you know what to expect.
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  • At home
  • At hospital
  • After
At home
The longest stage of childbirth starts at home with the first signs of labour There are three stages of labour overall starting from your first contraction and ending with the birth of your baby and placenta.The first stage of labour consists of a few phases. It starts with the first uterine contractions and ends with complete dilation of the cervix. In the first phase of the first stage of labour, often referred to as the ‘latent’ phase, contractions are often not that painful and are like strong menstrual cramps. There is often much variability in the contraction length and distance between contractions.They do increase in rhythm, strength and duration until eventually they last as long as 60 seconds and come every few minutes. By this stage you may already be at the hospital.

Labour signs: what’s happening?
During the early stages of labour, your uterus and cervix, which together look like an upside-down pear, are rearranging themselves into the shape of a keg. The cervix, or neck of the pear, is getting shorter and dilating or opening so your baby’s head can get through. This change is called effacement. At the end of this stage of labour the cervix will dilate to about 3 centimetres.

When is it time to go to Hospital? The time at which you decide to go to the hospital will be up to you and your medical team. Stay in contact with your hospital for advice. The next phase of labour often prompts first time mums to touch base with the hospital. It is often referred to as the ‘active’ phase and is when your contractions increase in intensity and occur more frequently and regularly and your cervix dilates more toward 8cm.

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