Caring for your baby

Before your baby leaves the hospital, he has newborn screening tests. Newborn screening checks for serious but rare health conditions at birth. It includes blood, hearing and heart screening.

Once you're home from the hospital, learn how to put your baby to sleep safely and protect him from dangers, like sudden infant death syndrome (also called SIDS).

As your baby grows, he gets medical checkups, vaccinations and his health care provider checks that he’s meeting developmental milestones. These are skills or activities that most children can do at a certain age, like sitting, walking and talking.