New Baby 101 Book

Note: New Baby 101 is now available to purchase through the Birth Journey website. Click here to purchase.

As a Midwife, Lactation Consultant, Mother and Grandmother I am frequently reminded that new parents need an ‘owner’s manual’ to take with them as they leave the hospital carrying their newborn home.  New parents have so much to learn in such a short time, and every parent wants to do everything right – which no one can, of course. In my work with new Mums I have parents say to me almost every day “so you’re coming home with us, right?” or words to that effect.   Even the most capable, organised parents who are well prepared for their new roles realise there is so much to learn, and they often feel totally overwhelmed by their new responsibilities.

I recognised there is a need for a concise, easy-to-find reliable resource for new parents who are negotiating this steep learning curve.  I know there isn’t much time for reading and this generation of parents expect instant information from the internet and/or their phone. This can also be a time of information overload so parents need to be discerning about advice received from well-meaning others and the internet.  Remember, if it doesn’t feel right, it probably isn’t right! Parents need to trust their instincts as they already know their baby better than anyone else.

So, new parents, here is your practical guide for the first few months of your parenting journey. These early weeks are precious even though they pass in a blur of elation and sleep deprivation.  You can trust the information provided in New Baby 101 is based on the best evidence and research and my vast practical experience helping new parents.  This book will enable you to enjoy your babymoon – the first months of your life with your new baby.  Congratulations!

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New Baby 101 Book and videos will help you give your baby a wonderful start because it will boost your own confidence and your baby will sense this. If you are feeling a little uncertain at any time, instead of looking at each other wondering ‘what the hell do we do now?’ a quick check will set you back on track.
You will be able to relax, knowing that everything here is evidence based, written by a highly qualified health professional who cares deeply for new parents and babies. Above all, everything Lois Wattis recommends is kind and respectful to you and your baby and it will empower you to be the parents you want to be.
Love, laugh and enjoy. And please remember to be as gentle to your beloved and yourself as you are to your baby. Best wishes on this wonderful journey.


Having a baby is a time of excitement and anticipation both before and after baby arrives.The Topics in New Baby 101 (Second Edition, printed in black and white) help new parents to prepare for baby’s arrival as well as provide information and strategies to assist parents through the early weeks at home.  This is a time when responsibilities and developing new skills can be challenging for even the most well prepared new parents. New Baby 101 Topics and videos provide a clear guide for Mums and Dads as they discover the joys of having a new baby in their lives and develop their own parenting style. 1.  Before Baby is Born – What do you really need? 2.  Early Decisions – What are all these consent forms for? 3.  First Days at Home–  Survival Strategies 4.  Feed Time – Understanding Baby’s Needs 5.  Feed Time – Problems and Concerns 6.  Nappy Time–  Practice makes perfect & Nappy choices. 7.  Bath Time – “How to” Care for Baby’s Hygiene 8.  Bed Time – Sleep and Settling 9.  Fun Times – Baby needs people too

Compliments and Reviews

  • The people you often turn to for advice are your midwife, lactation expert, friends and family (especially those with young children) and, of course, your mum. But now you can get the expert help as soon as you need it with the new app and ebook, New Baby 101. New Baby 101 is the creation Read more

    Stacey Vanoska,

    Lois Wattis is an experienced voice when it comes to babies and she has written a manual for new parents to be able to access anytime, anywhere, because we all know that your baby questions aren’t going to wait until you are sitting close to your parenting books. We were able to get some more Read more

  • New Baby 101 is the creation of Lois Wattis, a Registered Midwife, International Board Certified Lactation Consultant and Fellow of the Australian College of Midwives. Lois is also a mother and grandmother herself. With over twenty years’ experience working in hospital and community settings, Lois has provided woman-centred care to hundreds of mothers and babies. Read more


    They say that until you've had a baby you can't understand the impact it has on your life. Well, they were right! When we were lucky enough to have little Jaxon enter our world there was so much to learn and so much we didn't expect. Having access to the support of Lois Wattis with the Read more

  • “At last! Everything new parents need to know is at your fingertips!” New Baby 101 eBookReview: Produced by local qualified midwife and lactation consultant Lois Wattis, New Baby 101 aims to help new parents navigate life with a new baby. It contains an abundance of practical advice in preparation for baby’s birth, as well as Read more

    Abby Stevens,

    Two Mums give positive feedback after reviewing New Baby 101 – A Midwife’s Guide for New Parents

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