The baby has arrived. Congratulations! You'll probably spend a large part of the first few days after the birth cuddling your newborn baby and getting used to your new routines. In the first year of its life, your baby will be growing and developing a lot. Familienportal.NRW directs you to useful parenting books covering topics such as child development, early childhood education and child health, so you know what to expect during your baby's first year.
Within the first few weeks of their baby’s birth, new parents also have to deal with a lot of formalities. Familienportal.NRW provides you with all the information you need around the themes of finance and formalities, from applying for paid parental leave and child benefits to making a claim for tax credits for families with children. New parents often start wondering how they are going to balance work with family life. Find out which type of childcare is best for you and your child
If you are thinking of going back to work after your maternity leave, our tips will help you plan your return.
Looking after a baby can be a real challenge and you may feel that it is all too much. You might be feeling anxious or worried, or it may be that your individual circumstances are not easy. Many organisations in North Rhine-Westphalia provide free-of-charge specialist support and advice. These include services that offer expert parenting advice, relationship support, help with conflict resolution or early support for children with disabilities. Search on the Familienportal.NRW website to find a service near you to help you find the help you need.
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