baby development

Baby's health

Breastfeeding is a great way to nurture baby, enhancing baby's health, growth and development. See Healthspot for good advice. For support in the Hutt see PlunketHutt maternity lactation, mum 4 mumLa Leche League and Wharekai Pepe Stokes Valley.

baby, introducing solidsIntroducing solids: Plunket and the Ministry of Heath have information on when to introduce solids to your baby

Teething - here's a really practical pamphlet on teething from the Regional Public Health website. 

Here are some other websites full of great stuff so make a cuppa and have a browse ... Kiwi FamiliesKid SpotFor BabyKari Club- Stages of baby development, Huggies - Newborn development and baby milestones

Classes for babies and their caregiver in the Hutt Valley

SPACE is a fun, supportive and educational programme for first time parents and their babies during baby's first year.  Sessions are run by facilitators who have knowledge, experience, and training in early childhood, plus there's lots of music and opportunity to get to know other families in your area. Infants join the SPACE programme around 0-3 months of age. The programme runs weekly for 3-4 terms (i.e. 30-40 weeks)

Baby sign classes
Baby sign classes aim to help you and your pepe or toddler communicate using sign language before they are able to speak.  Talking Hands is a fun and interactive class using music and activities to learn sign.

Baby massage classes
Thought about learning Infant Massage? It's fantastic for soothing both parents and babies! Tracy Johnson holds courses, check out Nurturing Touch.

Best for ages from 0-1 years. An instructor led gym class. BabyRoo classes help develop infants sensory stimulation through gentle movement, music, massage, tummy-time and dance. All sessions include exercise, movement, group activities, music, dance and the use of specially designed equipment. Phone (04) 976 2565 Lower Hutt.

baby learn to swimLearn to swim 
Learn to swim programme for children from 6 months!!

Yoga for Mums and Bubs
Emilie is trained in yoga for prenatal and women's health. She is currently running pre-natal yoga classes every Wednesday at 11:45am - 1:00pm ($12 a session). Mama/Buba Yoga Classes every wednesday at 1.15pm - 2:15pm. After school kids yoga (ages 6-12) at 3.15-4.15 ($8 a session). All sessions are held at the Eastbourne yacht club. For more information contact Emilie Fleur Neubauer at or phone 021 963 929.

Rags 2 Fitness 
Fitness classes for mums and bubs in Petone. The exercises are designed so they can be performed by mum with bubs. Sessions focus on functional workouts involving movements used in everyday life.

Baby toy libraries, baby classes
Bought every toy in the shop and baby still unhappy? Try some of these ...

Activities in the Hutt for babies aged 0-1

Baby Bounce & Rhyme, Hutt City Libraries
Parents and carers interact with their babies through rhymes, music, finger plays and stories. It’s a great opportunity to have fun, socialise and spend quality “one on one” time with your tot. Recommended for 0-2 year olds. 

  • Eastbourne Library, Mon 10.30am
  • Lower Hutt War Memorial Library, Mon 10.10am and 10.50am
  • Naenae Library, Tues 10.10am
  • Stokes Valley Library, Tues 10.30am
  • Petone Library, Tues and Fri 10.30am

Busy Babies, Upper Hutt Library
Wed 10.30am (excludes school holidays). Mostly songs, nursery rhymes and musical playtime. These sessions cater for babies and non-walkers. Busy Babies sessions run for approximately 30 minutes.

"Jump-Start", Upper Hutt
Music and movement for babies and toddlers. Every Wed 10.30am in the function room at Graze Restaurant, 68 Ararino Street (opposite Trentham railway station). Call Mooch and the Graze Team, 0800 2 GRAZE, email or visit

Mainly Music in the Hutt
Started in 1990, Mainly Music is a fun music group for parents or primary caregivers to enjoy together with their young child. Each Mainly Music session is associated with and run by volunteers from a local church. Find a group near you.

Walks suitable for buggies and prams
There are lots of fantastic walks throughout the Hutt Valley suitable for mountain buggies and prams. You might like to start another walking group in your area? Great spots are the waterfront along Petone and Eastbourne and the Hutt River trail. Check out buggywalk and

Laughalot Playland
 There's equipment for children 6 months to 12 years! Open 9.30am daily at Hutt Road, Lower Hutt, ph 566 6677.

Junglerama Playland
 93 Hutt Park Road Lower Hutt, Wellington New Zealand. Phone (04) 589 HUTT.


Baby sleeping at toy library
Finally! Sleeping like a baby

Your child's first year

Baby learns “I belong” when she/he trusts their needs are met
Six weeks after your baby is born your primary maternity carer will refer you to Plunket, Nāku Ēnei Tamariki or another provider. They will visit you and pepe at home in the early weeks followed by clinic or further home visits for your child up to 5 years old. So much happens in your child's first year it can be bewildering keeping up! Check out the Well Child Tamariki Ora schedule.  Check out Plunket's Parent Education courses PEPE, Parents as first teachers 

Here's a great website all about your baby's development and milestones kidspot. It includes how to bathe your newborn, information on bathing fun for older babies, information on colic, even a crying checklist. Great for new parents and caregivers especially.


Information on early childhood illnesses and immunisation.

Urgent concerns?

These numbers operate 24 hours a day:

Kids Nurse

Hutt Valley based paediatric nurses are available to come to your home. They can help you find solutions with unsettled, tricky newborns through to child health issues for your 15 year old! They're great to contact first as they can refer on to other services if required. See their website or call Jane on 021 765 023 or Sarah on 027 481 9911.


Babes in arms movies Hutt Valley

Babes in arms movies

This is a nice way to spend an afternoon. Cinema has low lighting so you can feed baby and change their nappies!

Petone: Lighthouse Cinema, Littlies session on Tuesday am. 52 Beach St, Petone, ph: 939 2061.

Lower Hutt: Hoyts Mums & Bubs sessions first Wed of each month from 11am. Centre City Plaza, ph: 566 9942

Baby's first smile
That first smile is worth every soiled nappy!