This is the beginning of your parenting journey. It’s an exciting and a challenging time.
Over the next few months, you and your baby will learn a lot about each other! As your newborn develops and grows, you will grow as a parent too. This information can help.
Our resources in English
Alcohol and Drugs
Risks of Cannabis on Fertility, Pregnancy, Breastfeeding and Parenting - Booklet
Best Start Resource Centre, 2019
This resource is for women and men, who are thinking about becoming parents, are pregnant, or who are new parents. It provides information about the effects of cannabis on fertility, pregnancy, breastfeeding, on children and adolescents when their mothers used cannabis during pregnancy and on parenting. This resource summarizes the current knowledge about the effects of cannabis.
Thinking about using cannabis before or during pregnancy?
Mocktails for Mom - Recipe cards
This brochure has recipes for delicious non-alcoholic drinks, also called Mocktails.
Breastfeeding and Nutrition
Breastfeeding Your Early Preterm Baby - Booklet
This Early Preterm breastfeeding booklet supports families who have an early preterm baby born prior to 34 weeks gestation who plan to breastfeed and/or provide breast milk to their baby. Topics include: breastfeeding your preterm baby, skin-to-skin contact and Kangaroo care, tips to getting off to a good start, pumping, feeding your baby at the hospital and tips for when you take your baby home.
also available in French, Arabic, Bengali, Chinese (Simplified), Farsi, Gujarati, Korean, Hindi, Punjabi, Russian, Serbian, Somali, Spanish, Tagalog, Tamil, Urdu and Vietnamese.
Breastfeeding Your Late Preterm Baby - Booklet
This Late Preterm breastfeeding booklet supports families who have a late preterm baby born between 34 and 37 weeks gestation and who plan to breastfeed and/or provide breast milk to their baby. Topics include: breastfeeding your late preterm baby, skin-to-skin contact and Kangaroo care, tips to getting off to a good start, pumping, feeding your baby at the hospital and tips for when you take your baby home.
Also available in French, Arabic, Bengali, Chinese (Simplified), Farsi, Gujarati, Hindi, Korean, Punjabi, Russian, Serbian, Somali, Spanish, Tagalog, Tamil, Urdu and Vietnamese.
My Breastfeeding Guide - Booklet
My Breastfeeding Guide has information and answers questions you may have as an expectant parent or as a new parent. You can share this guide with the people who are supporting you.
Available also in French, Arabic, Bengali, Filipino, Gujarati, Hindi, Korean, Persian, Punjabi, Russian, Serbian (Cyrillic), Somali, Spanish, Simplified Chinese, Tamil, Urdu and Vietnamese
Bilingual Online Ontario Breastfeeding Services Directory - Website
Breastfeeding mothers benefit from the support of other mothers. Visit the Bilingual Online Ontario Breastfeeding Services Directory at www.ontariobreastfeeds.ca to connect with and receive help and support from peers, professionals and experts.
Breastfeeding Matters: An Important Guide to Breastfeeding for Women and their Families - Booklet
This guide will help you and your family to explore breastfeeding. Topics include: the importance of breastfeeding, making an informed decision, helping your baby get a good start, learning to breastfeed, frequently asked questions and where to get help. The guide was tested by many pregnant and breastfeeding families and contains some of their quotes.
Also available in French, Arabic, Bengali, Chinese (Simplified), Farsi, Gujarati, Hindi, Korean, Punjabi, Russian, Serbian, Somali, Spanish, Tamil, Tagalog, Urdu and Vietnamese.
The fact sheets below complement the Breastfeeding Matters booklet and offer additional information on the following topics:
Mixing Alcohol and Breastfeeding - Printer-ready Handouts
The handout is a resource for mothers and their partners to help them make an informed choice when it comes to drinking alcohol while breastfeeding.
Also available in French, Arabic, Cree, Hindi, Ojibway, Punjabi, Simplified Chinese, Spanish, Tagalog, Tamil and Urdu
Mixing Alcohol and Breastfeeding - Brochure
The brochure is a resource for mothers and their partners to help them make an informed choice when it comes to drinking alcohol while breastfeeding.
Breastfeeding Your Baby - Guidelines for nursing mothers - Chart
This 13 cm by 18 cm fridge magnet is a teaching aid for new mothers and their families. It is a good reminder for mothers on how to assess their infant’s breastfeeding effectiveness during the first three weeks. Colourful graphics and photographs with minimal text provide an at-a-glance look that new parents find particularly helpful.
Available also in French, Arabic, Bengali, Filipino, Gujarati, Hindi, Korean, Ojibway, Persian, Punjabi, Russian, Serbian (Cyrillic), Somali, Spanish, Simplified Chinese, Tamil, Urdu and Vietnamese.
What to Expect in the First Three Months : Information for New Parents - Booklet
This handout will provide you with some important information on what to expect in the first three months after your baby is born. The websites and resources in this handout are intended to guide you and your family on what to expect in the first three months of your baby’s life at home.You will find answers to questions you may have regarding healthy newborn care and care of the mother and of the family.
Daddy and Me On the Move - Booklet
Aimed at fathers of children aged 0 to 6, the goal of the booklet is to encourage strong father-child relationships right from the start. It highlights activities that fathers can do with their children.
The booklet is easy to read. All the activities presented are meant to be fun and done easily.
Did You Know? Healthy and safe sleep tips for infants 0-12 months - Handout
These tips for parents and caregivers of infants aged 0-12 months provide practical suggestions on healthy and safe sleep. The tips support the current recommendations on how to reduce the risks of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and other sleep-related causes of infant death.
Sleep Well, Sleep Safe - Booklet
This booklet is for parents of infants from 0-12 months and for all who care for infants. The booklet provides information on healthy sleep tips for infants and for parents. It also provides information on safe sleep tips on how to reduce the risks of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and other sleep related causes of infant death.
When Children Speak More Than One Language - Booklet
As a parent of a child who will learn two or more languages, you may have questions. This guide will give you information based on research to help you. Language is the best tool to help a child do well later in shool and in life.
Also available in French, Arabic, Chinese, Cree, Hindi, Ojibway, Punjabi, Spanish, Tagalog, Tamil and Urdu
Healthy Baby. Healthy Brain - Website
As a parent, you play an important role in the development of your baby’s brain. You are your baby’s most important connection to the world.
You interact daily with your baby. These interactions have a life-long effect on your baby’s ability to reach full potential.
This website will help you support your baby’s brain development.
Brain Development : Tips for Parents - Webpages/Handouts
A series of 15 lists of tips for parents on topics associated with brain development. The tips can easily be shared through social media or distributed as handouts. They cover preconception, pregnancy and child development ages 0-3.
For more information click here.
Learning to Play and Playing to Learn: What Families Can Do - Booklet
This booklet helps parents and all who care for children, support play-based learning at home, in child care and preschool settings and Kindergarten. Particular attention is given to attachment, self-regulation and play. Checklists relating to growth, development, health, nutrition, routines and self-help, including the revised Nipissing District Development Screens are included in the booklet.
The Nipissing District Developmental Screens (NDDS) have been blurred in the online PDF of the booklet to protect the NDDS copyright. Printed copies will have readable screens. If you are not purchasing printed copies, you can access the screens at www.ndds.ca.
Building Resilience in Young Children, for parents of children from birth to six years - Booklet
This booklet is for parents of children from birth to six years and anyone who cares for children – like grandparents, relatives, foster parents and other adults. Many of the ideas will also help families with older children. It will help caregivers boost a child’s ability to bounce back from life’s challenges and thrive.
Baby Wants - Booklet
This booklet for parents encourages them to do simple things to help develop their young child: playing, reading, singing, etc. The text is simple and the images describe the activities suggested.
Also available in French, Arabic, Chinese (Simplified), Hindi, Punjabi, Spanish, Tagalog, Tamil and Urdu
Pregnancy and Life with a New Baby – Tear-off Pad
This sheet provides information to help women recognize if they have symptoms of depression or anxiety during pregnancy or postpartum. It also provides brief information on where to get help.
Managing Depression : A Self-help Skills Resource for Women Living With Depression During Pregnancy, After Delivery and Beyond – Workbook
This workbook is for women living with depression during pregnancy, after delivery and beyond, and their clinicians or service providers. It provides information about depression and healthy lifestyle behaviours, and skills for managing depression. Concerned partners, family members or friends may also find this resource helpful.
Life With a New Baby Is Not Always What You Expect - Brochure
This 12 page brochure provides pregnant women and new parents with information on the baby blues and postpartum mood disorders. Parents are encouraged to seek help and use strategies for self-care.
Also available in French, Arabic, Chinese (Simplified), Hindi, Punjabi, Spanish, Tagalog, Tamil and Urdu
Life With a New Baby : Dealing with Postpartum Mood Disorders - Videos
The 17 minute video introduces the topic of postpartum mood disorders. Interviews with real mothers and their families make this an appealing resource for pregnant women and new mothers. The 17 minute English version can be used in prenatal or parenting classes, hospitals or home visits.
Information on Second and Third-Hand Smoke - Handout
This document contains information on second and third-hand smoke, a summary of the strategies and sources of supplementary information.
Smoke-Free Home - Image
Originally created as a sticker, this image can be applied on a door or window, indicating that the environment is smoke-free.
Also available in JPG format.
Creating a Smoke-Free Environment for Your Children - Video
This 24 minute video is on the social impact of second-hand smoke on young families. It contains testimonies of situations related to second-hand smoke experienced by families. Many strategies to reduce the exposure of young children and pregnant women to second-hand smoke are provided.
Links and other resources
- 211 Ontario - Find services near you
- A Parent's Guide to Vaccination - Government of Canada
- A Simple Gift - Infant Mental Health Promotion
- Active for Life - Raising physically literate kids.
- Are You a New Parent? - Public Health Agency of Canada
- Assaulted Women's Helpline
- Baby's Breath - Formerly the Canadian Foundation for the Study of Infant Deaths
- Be Safe: Have an Alcohol-free Pregnancy - Best start Resource Centre
- Billingual On-line Ontario Breastfeeding Services - Best start Resource Centre
- Breastfeeding Information for Parents
- Breathe - The Lung Association
- Canadian Association of Family Resource Programs
- Canadian Mental Health Association
- Canadian Premature Babies Foundation
- CANImmunize - A digital immunization record for Canadians
- Caring for Kids - Canadian Paediatric Society
- Caring for You and Your Baby
- Child and Family Programs - Ontario Ministry of Education
- Dad Central
- Dieticians of Canada
- Disability, Pregnancy and Parenthood International
- Drug and Alcohol Helpline - Government of Ontario
- Eat Right Ontario
- Encyclopedia on Early Childhood Development
- Find a Family Doctor or Nurse Practitioner - Government of Ontario
- Food Banks Canada
- Food and nutrition - Health Canada
- Have a Ball Together - Best Start Resource Centre
- Having a Baby - Service Canada
- Healthy Eating - Government of Canada
- Health Services in Your Community - Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care
- Healthy baby, Healthy brain - Best Start Resource Centre
- Here to help - Mental Health and Substance Use
- Hidden Exposures - HealthyEnvironmentForKids.ca
- I just had a Baby - Ontario Ministry of Children and Youth Services
- Infant Feeding - Health Canada
- Infant Mental Health Promotion - Sickkids
- Information for New Dads - 24 Hour Cribside Assistance
- International Lactation Consultant Association
- Instal a Child Car Seat - Ontario Ministry of Transportation
- Is your Child Safe? - Health Canada
- Kids Health and Safety - Healthy Canadians
- La Leche League Canada
- Life with a new Baby - Best Start Resource Centre
- Mental Health Helpline - Government of Ontario
- Mood Disorders Association of Ontario
- Mothers in Motion - Canadian Association for the Advancement of Women in Sport
- Multiple Births Canada
- Ndds Ontario
- New Parents - Healthy Families BC
- Newborn Screening Ontario
- Nutrition Screening
- Ontario Network of Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence
- Parachute - Preventing Injuries, Saving Lives.
- Parenting in Ottawa
- Parents Matter
- Pregnancy and Infant Loss Network
- Pregnancy: March of Dimes
- Preterm Birth Support Network - Multiple Births Canada
- Rourke Baby Record
- Safe sleep - Public Health Agency of Canada
- Support to Quit Smoking - Government of Ontario
- The On-line PPMD Support Group
- The Period of Purple Crying
- The Post-Partum Stress Centre
- Twins, Triplets and More!
- Welcome to Parenting for Young Parents
- When Dad Gets the Blues - Strong Fathers Journal
- Workers Health and Safety Centre
- Your Healthy Home - BREATHE The Lung Association