Join a First Time Parent Group

Becoming a parent for the first time can be a challenging yet exciting time.

To help ensure first time parents get the support they need, Monash Council organises parents groups.

Held in a relaxed and supportive environment, these groups enable first time parents to meet together.

Members of parents groups often forge long term friendships with each other whilst gaining valuable support and information.

The groups are facilitated by qualified Maternal & Child Health Nurses who will be happy to answer any questions you may have during these sessions.

The topics covered in the group meetings include:

  • What to expect in the early weeks
  • Starting your baby on solids
  • Sleep and settling guidance
  • Family health and more…

We suggest that parents start attending these groups when their baby is between 1 month and 4 months of age. However, we welcome all first time parents with a baby up to the age of six months.

Please talk to your MCH Nurse about joining a First Time Parent Group or call 95183662 and the MCH Admin Support Officer will be able to assist you.

First time parents who have a child over six months of age we ask that you discuss with your Maternal and Child Health nurse the possibility of linking into a existing older age new parent group or connect into a local playgroup via

Program outline

Week 1

  • Group Guidelines
  • Getting to Know Each Other: Beginning Our Group
  • A Settled Baby: What Does it Mean?

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Week 2

  • Getting to Know Your Baby (Baby Massage)
  • Baby’s Ages and Stages: What to Expect
  • Play: More than Fun and Games

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Week 3

  • Library Visit
  • Communicating With Your Baby Through Music and Books

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Week 4

  • Keeping Your Child Safe: Preventing Accidents
  • Managing Childhood Illness

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Week 5

  • Food: Your Baby and the Family
  • Teething and Looking After Baby’s Teeth for Life

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Week 6

  • Being a Parent: Changes and Challenges
  • Looking After Yourself: Exploring Mothers Health
  • Returning to Paid Work
  • Where to From Here?

Parent feedback: First Time Parent Group Feedback form (pdf, 201KB)

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Last updated: 02 February 2021