This life admin can be an unwelcome distraction when you’d rather be spending those precious first few days with your new, special little human, but it’s essential to make sure your baby gets the best start in life.
Here’s your baby admin checklist to help make this process easier.
As eager as you are for your baby to arrive, there are certain things you’ll want to tackle before the sleep deprivation hits you:
Immediately after your baby is born
Fill in the forms in your Parent Pack. After your baby is born, you’ll get a Parent Pack from your hospital or midwife. This pack contains some pretty important documents, like your Newborn Child Declaration. You’ll need to complete this form in order to finalise your claim for Family Tax Benefit, Parental Leave Pay or other government payments.
Register your baby’s birth. The hospital will give you the details on how to register your baby’s birth. You need to do this within 60 days. It’s convenient to do this online, but in Northern Territory and Western Australia you need to fill out a paper form.
Add your child to Medicare and your private health insurance cover. It’s a good idea to register your child with Medicare and add your baby to your cover at the earliest opportunity. To register your family with Medicare, you must complete the full Newborn Child Declaration form and return it to a Medicare service centre or by post. Remember to check in with your private health insurer about when to add your baby to ensure they are covered from birth.
Arrange health checks. At the time of birth you should receive a Child Health Record booklet to keep track of your baby’s development. Your health professional will record things like your baby’s weight, measurements, vaccinations and any other important health information. In the first year after birth, the recommended health checks are at:
- 1 to 4 weeks.
- 6 to 8 weeks
- 6 to 9 months
Mum should visit the GP for a postnatal check-up 5-10 days after giving birth, and six weeks after the birth.
At one month old
- Book your childcare spot. If you plan to return to work and are looking to enrol in childcare, it’s a good idea to put your baby’s name down on the waitlist as soon as possible, as childcare centres can have long waiting lists. It’s also recommended that you put your baby’s name on the waitlists of several childcare centres as your first choice may not have an available spot by the time you need to return to work.
- Put your baby’s name down on private school enrolment lists. If you wish to send your baby to a private school once they reach school age, you should consider putting your baby’s name on your chosen school’s waitlist. Some waitlists can be so long that parents put their children on waitlists for their chosen schools the day they are born.
At two months old
- Arrange two-month vaccinations with your GP.
- Complete your birth certificate application.
- If you didn’t order the birth certificate when you registered the birth, now’s a good time to go online to your local Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages to order one.
It can feel overwhelming, but remember – thousands of babies are born and registered every day with few hiccups! Keep checking off the items on this list at the appropriate time and you’ll feel much more on top of it, so you can enjoy your new baby.
Need a little extra support?
Sleep and settling
Our sleep and settling support line, delivered by Tresillian’s specialist nurses, is here to help eligible members with hospital cover, at no extra cost on 1800 973 573. ∓
Medibank Mental Health Phone Support
Members with Hospital cover can talk with a mental health professional over the phone in relation to any mental health or emotional concern, 24 hours a day 7 days a week by calling 1800 644 325.~
Eligible members with hospital cover can now talk to a member of our Health Concierge team for advice on how to have a healthy pregnancy, at no extra cost on 1800 789 414.#