Birth to five

Your NHS guide to parenting in the early years

Health and development

Childhood illness
Childhood illness, including symptoms and treatments.
More about childhood illness

Accidents, first aid and safety
How to keep your baby as safe as possible and what to do if they have an accident.
More about accidents, first aid and safety

Reviews, tests and vaccinations
When your child needs their reviews, tests and vaccinations and what to expect. 
More about reviews, tests and vaccinations

Healthy diet: weaning and beyond
A step-by-step guide to weaning your baby and ensuring they get a healthy diet as they grow up.
More about healthy diet

Sleep advice
How to encourage good sleeping habits and deal with sleep problems.
More about sleep

Difficult behaviour
Understanding and dealing with difficult behaviour in toddlers and pre-schoolers.
More about difficult behaviour

Learning and playing
The importance of play and some creative ideas for under-fives.
More about learning and playing

Potty training and bedwetting
How and when to potty train your child, and how to deal with bedwetting.
More about potty training and bedwetting

Teeth and teething
What to do when your baby is teething and how to care for their teeth when they come through.
More about teeth and teething

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Child development timeline

Follow this interactive timeline to see how children progress from birth to five years old.

Child development timeline

Parenting self-assessment tool

Parenting self-assessment

Assess your progress as a parent, and get practical advice to help you with the demands of family life.