The Baby Centre

The Baby Centre website has information on conception, pregnancy and new baby through to big kids!  You can track your pregnancy and baby's development week by week.  There are lots of tools and tips for breast feeding, how to choose a car seat and potty training. 

This weeks hot topics....

Milestones: is your child on track?

Keep track of your little one's development with our handy milestone charts. Don't worry if he hasn't mastered every skill yet. Our monthly development sections for toddlers and preschoolers are just a guide.

Bedtime routine

Read these tips on settling your toddler to sleep

Hitting out

Find out what to do if your child acts agressively

Potty training

Check out the signs your little one is ready

Do visit and see what you think.  Don't forget that there is also a very useful children's health section.

Free ‘Life-Saving’ Babygrow Launched By St John Ambulance And Tesco To Teach Baby CPR

An exclusive (and free) babygrow designed to help teach parents how to give baby CPR is being launched by a leading charity.

St John Ambulance, together with Tesco, has created the limited edition bodysuit for three- to six-month-old babies to educate new parents. 

The launch comes after the charity found that 74% of mums and dads said that their baby not breathing is the first aid emergency they “fear most”.

In the survey of 2,000 parents, they also found only one in four knew what to do if their baby stopped breathing. 

The babygrows will be available in Tesco stores on Thursday 13 October, with an optional donation going to St John Ambulance.  Take a look at the information sheet below...

Building a Happy Baby - a guide for parents

Please take a look at the 'Building a happy baby' leaflet from UNICEF and the Baby Friendly Initiative.  UNICEF is the world's leading organisation for children, working in over 190 countries.  The Baby Friendly Iniiative is a worldwide programme of the World Health Organization (WHO) and UNICEF, which aims to support breastfeeding and help to build strong parent and child relationships. 

Caring For Your Baby At Night - a guide for parents

Please take a look at the 'Caring for your baby at night' booklet from UNICEF UK Baby Friendly Initiative.  UNICEF UK's Baby Friendly Initiative aims to ensure that pregnant women and new mothers get the support they need to breastfeed successfully.

Childproofing Checklist: before your baby crawls

On average, babies crawl at eight months, which means many get moving even earlier.  A crawling baby will soon start to pull up too, which means chairs, tables and other surfaces are no longer beyond reach...

Please take a look at the checklist below to help you prepare for a baby who can go from here to there in the blink of an eye!

Communication & Language

Babies recognise the sound of their mother’s voice from birth and before, being aware of their first language within days.  A parent talking to a very young baby often calms them. Babies are fascinated by faces and will copy movements. If you stick out your tongue they’ll often respond. By five to six weeks babies start smiling. They use different cries to express how they are feeling and respond to loud noises. Around three months babies are making cooing noises.

National Literacy Trust have some very useful tips and information at;

We also have some very useful leaflets on communication & language tips for babies and younger children from Surrey Family Information Service and Virgin Health. We have copies available in the Children's Centre and at the bottom of this page. 

These include;

"Attention & Listening", "Auditory Memory", "Fluency", "Higher Level Language", "Play",

"Sentence Building", "Social Skills","Vocabularly & Concepts", "Voice Quality"

plus "Talk with Me sheets - Prenatal to 4 years"


Communikids is a pre-school programme developed by highly specialist speech and language therapists, designed to boost children's speech, language and communication skills.  Groups are run for all children under 5 regardless of ability.  If your child requires a more individualized speech and language programme, he / she may attend specialist classes at the Kids First Centre in Kenley.  Please call or visit the website for more details.

Tel: 0208 0501491

Early help assessment

When your child or family needs extra support, and you want to find the best way forward as soon as possible.  An early help assessment is a new way of everyone working together, which puts your family at the heart of decisions that are made.

Please take a look at the "Early help assessment a guide for families" leaflet below for further information.

Family Information Services

Offering parents / carers and prospective parents advice and information about all services for children and young people aged 0 to 25 years

If you have children over, or coming up to 5 you might like to take a look at

Five to thrive

 Surrey County Council have produced some excellent guides for parents and carers,

  • The things you do every day that help your child's growing brain
  • The things you do every day that help your toddler's growing brain

Your child's body grows better when you give the child good food.  Your child's brain grows better when you do five simple things that feed the growing brain:

Respond   Cuddle   Relax   Play   Talk

We have a limited supply of these guides in the Children's Centre, please pop in to take a look or visit for more information.


Single parents, equal families

A Gingerbread friendship group for single parent families meets regulary near you.  Get in touch and make new friends!

  • You're not alone!  Join Gingerbread, the national charity for single parent families...
  • Share stories and ask questions -  in supportive online forums.
  • Be on the inside track - with special offers, advice and the latest news.
  • Get together - at a local Gingerbread friendship group.

Make your voice heard - campaign for equal rights for single parent families.

Join free!

Introducing Solid Food

Introducing your baby to solid foods, often called weaning onto foods, should start when your baby is around 6 months old.  Please take a look at the 'Introducing Solid Food' booklet from Start4Life for guidance and ideas.

In the meantime you may like to take a look at for more baby led weaning information.

Learn With Me (for children)

Stuck for things to do with your child that are fun, free and just happen to support their early learning and development too?  Then Learn with me is for you!

It's a new Family Information Service campaign all about giving you quick and easy activity ideas that you can do with your child from before they are born to five years old.  They're written by early learning experts and best of all - they're FREE!

Personal, social and emotional development (PSED) supports children to learn to get on with others and make friends, understand and talk about feelings, learn about 'right' and 'wrong', develop independence and ultimately feel good about themselves.

Children's early PSED has a huge impact on their later well-being, learning achievement and economic success too. So to help you support children in your early years settings, we've put together the following:

Please ask a member of the Centre Team for copies of the activity sheets.

Find the link at the top of, and next to this page...

North Tandridge 0-19 Health Team

Who are the 0-19 Team?

Each team consists of Health Visitors, School Nurses, CAMHS Community NursesStaff Nurses, Community Nursery Nurses and Admin Support Workers. They work with all families, children and young people offering advice and information to support the health, development and well being of children and their families. Further services are offered where there are additional needs, and they play a major role in safeguarding children. They offer early intervention, universal immunisation and screening programmes in a variety of settings including Child Health Clinics, homes and schools.

You are welcome to contact the Health Team if you have any concerns or need advice about your baby or children.  Leave a message and the team will get back to you as soon as possible. 

Tel. 01883 837525 / 837522

The Lullaby Trust

The Lullaby Trust, 11 Belgrave Road, London, SW1V 1RB

The Lullaby Trust provides support to bereaved families, expert advice on safer sleep for babies; and raises awareness on sudden infant death.

Please visit or telephone 0808 802 6869 for more information.  You might like to look at the 2 Lullaby advice booklets below for more informaiton.

Pants - Learn the underware rule NSPCC

Do you know about the underwear rule?

It's a simple way to have conversations with your child about staying safe.

The NSPCC have created a guide with parents in mind, helping you talk to your 5-11 year old child about their body, and what to do if they're made to feel uncomfortable.

Please visit or take a look at the underware rule guide below for more information.

Ready to Learn Every Day - short guides for parents

Please take a look at the very informative short guides for parents produced by NAHT and Family Action, at the bottom of this page.  These guides include;

"Getting the most out of school", "Speaking and Listening", "Online Safety", "Independence and Responsibility", "Your child's wellbeing", "Preparing for change at school", "Giving your child a helping hand"


Some teeth grow with no pain or discomfort at all. At other times you may notice that the gum is sore and red where the tooth is coming through, or that one cheek is flushed. Your baby may dribble, gnaw and chew a lot, or just be fretful. Read our tips on how to help your teething baby.

Please visit : for more information.

Thinking About Childcare and Early Education

Surrey County Council have produced a useful directory which tells you;

  • What financial help is available
  • What childcare providers offer
  • What to look for in a childcare provider
  • The different types of childcare

Please take a look at the directory below or visit