new mum checklist

Checklist for New Mums

Here’s a simple checklist to help guide you through the first months of parenthood. You can download it or print it out so it’s easier to use.


  • Register the birth

    • Every baby born in New Zealand must be registered, normally within 2 months of being born. It’s free and you can apply for the baby’s brith certificate and IRD number at the same time. Click here for more details.

  • Take a multivitamin and mineral supplement

    • If you’re breastfeeding, you may need help to ensure you’re getting enough of the important nutrients for both you and your baby. Try a multivitamin and mineral supplement designed for women who are breastfeeding, such as Elevit breastfeeding.

  • Send out birth announcements

    • Welcome your new arrival with cards or emails to friends and relatives! If you want to be traditional, you can put an announcement in the local paper.

  • Claim Government financial benefits

    • The Government has a number of financial benefits you may be able to claim, Check here.

  • Add your baby to your private health insurance

    • Contact your private health insurance company to include your baby in your cover.

  • Arrange your postnatal health check

    • Book a health check-up with your doctor about 6 weeks after the birth to make sure everything’s going back to normal. It’s a good time to chat about your feelings and any problems you’re having.

  • Arrange your baby's checkups and vaccinations

    • Ask your Lead Maternity Career (LMC) about transitioning to Plunket for home &/or clinic visits. More informaiton can be found on their website, click here. Also The National Immunisation Schedule is the series of vaccines that are offered free to babies and more informaiton can be found on the Ministry of Health website, click here.   

  • Check childcare & education options

    • Confirm your childcare arrangements if you’re heading back to work. If you’re considering a private education for your child, start making enquiries now. The waiting lists for some private schools fill up years in advance.

  • Start postnatal exercises

    • Your pelvic floor and tummy muscles will need toning up after birth. Why not join other new mums in a postnatal exercise class at your hospital or local gym.

  • Consider contraception

    • If you’re not planning another pregnancy, consider contraception. Contrary to popular belief, breastfeeding is not an adequate contraceptive. Check the methods that won’t affect your breast milk with your doctor.

  • Look after your own emotional health

    • It’s quite normal to feel a bit down in the first weeks following birth as you juggle the demands of a new baby. These feelings usually ease of their own accord, but if you’re feeling overwhelmed or sad more than 2 weeks after baby has arrived, speak to your midwife or doctor.