Do you have a baby?

Mother holding newborn babyThis 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

Mocktails for Mom - Recipe cards

Mocktails for Mom - Recipe cards
Best Start Resource Centre with support from the LCBO, 2012

This brochure has recipes for delicious non-alcoholic drinks, also called Mocktails.

Breastfeeding and Nutrition

Breastfeeding Your Early Preterm Baby - Booklet

Breastfeeding Your Early Preterm Baby - Booklet
BFI Strategy for Ontario 2016

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 FrenchArabicBengaliChinese (Simplified)FarsiGujaratiKoreanHindiPunjabiRussianSerbianSomaliSpanishTagalogTamilUrdu and Vietnamese.

Breastfeeding Your Late Preterm Baby - Booklet

Breastfeeding Your Late Preterm Baby - Booklet
BFI Strategy for Ontario 2016

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 FrenchArabicBengaliChinese (Simplified)FarsiGujaratiHindiKoreanPunjabiRussianSerbianSomaliSpanishTagalogTamilUrdu and Vietnamese.

My Breastfeeding Guide - Booklet

My Breastfeeding Guide - Booklet
Best Start Resource Centre, 2015

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.

Feeding Your Baby - A guide to help you introduce solid foods - Booklet

Feeding Your Baby - A guide to help you introduce solid foods - Booklet
Best Start Resource Centre and Nutrition Resource Centre, revised 2016

This guide provides information about feeding your baby from six months to one year. It answers questions you may have about breastfeeding and starting solid foods. 

Also available in French, Arabic, Chinese (Simplified), Hindi, Punjabi, Spanish, Tagalog, Tamil, and Urdu.

Bilingual Online Ontario Breastfeeding Services Directory - Flyer

Bilingual Online Ontario Breastfeeding Services Directory - Website
Best Start Resource Centre, 2014

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

Breastfeeding Matters: An Important Guide to Breastfeeding for Women and their Families - Booklet
Best Start Resource Centre, revised 2016

This booklet will help women and their families explore breastfeeding from prenatal decisions, learning breastfeeding basics to gaining confidence. Topics include: making an informed decision, getting started, learning to breastfeed, common concerns, frequently asked questions and where to get help. The booklet was tested by many pregnant and breastfeeding families and contains some of their quotes.

The fact sheets complement the Breastfeeding Matters booklet in special situations. They can be downloaded when needed. The following fact sheets are available:

 

Mixing Alcohol and Breastfeeding - Printer-ready Handouts

Mixing Alcohol and Breastfeeding - Printer-ready Handouts
Best Start Resource Centre with the support of the LCBO, 2013

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 FrenchArabicCreeHindiOjibwayPunjabiSimplified Chinese, Spanish, TagalogTamil and Urdu

Mixing Alcohol and Breastfeeding - Brochure

Mixing Alcohol and Breastfeeding - Brochure
Best Start Resource Centre with the support of the LCBO, revised 2016

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 - Table

Breastfeeding Your Baby - Guidelines for nursing mothers - Chart
Best Start Resource Centre, revised 2016

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 FrenchArabicBengaliFilipinoGujaratiHindiKoreanOjibwayPersianPunjabiRussianSerbian (Cyrillic), SomaliSpanishSimplified ChineseTamilUrdu and Vietnamese.

Child Development

What to Expect in the First Three Months : Information for New Parents - Booklet

What to Expect in the First Three Months : Information for New Parents - Booklet
Best Start Resource Centre, 2016

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

Daddy and Me On the Move - Booklet
Best Start Resource Centre, 2015

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

Did You Know? Healthy and safe sleep tips for infants 0-12 months - Handout
Best Start Resource Centre, 2015

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.
These messages are consistent with the information provided in the Sleep Well, Sleep Safe - Booklet.

Sleep Well, Sleep Safe - Booklet

Sleep Well, Sleep Safe - Booklet
Best Start Resource Centre, 2015

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

When Children Speak More Than One Language - Booklet
Best Start Resource Centre, 2014

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 FrenchArabicChineseCree, Hindi, Ojibway, Punjabi, Spanish, Tagalog, Tamil and Urdu

Healthy Baby. Healthy Brain - Website
Best Start Resource Centre, 2012

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.

www.HealthyBabyHealthyBrain.ca

Brain Development : Tips for Parents - Handout

Brain Development : Tips for Parents - Webpages/Handouts
Best Start Resource Centre, 2013

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

Learning to Play and Playing to Learn: What Families Can Do - Booklet
Best Start Resource Centre, 2012

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

Building Resilience in Young Children, for parents of children from birth to six years - Booklet
Best Start Resource Centre, 2012

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.

My Child and I, Attachment for Life - Booklet

My Child and I, Attachment for Life - Booklet
Best Start Resource Centre, 2012

This resource for parents of children aged 0-3 will help them to understand the principles of attachment and learn ways to promote attachment. Activities are suggested for each age group.

Also available in FrenchArabicChinese (Simplified), Hindi, Punjabi, Spanish, Tagalog, Tamil and Urdu

Baby Wants - Booklet

Baby Wants - Booklet
Best Start Resource Centre, 2010

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 FrenchArabicChinese (Simplified), Hindi, Punjabi, Spanish, Tagalog, Tamil and Urdu

Mental Health

Managing Depression - A Self-help Skills Resource for Women Living With Depression During Pregnancy, After Delivery and Beyond – Workbook

Managing Depression : A Self-help Skills Resource for Women Living With Depression During Pregnancy, After Delivery and Beyond – Workbook
Best Start Resource Centre, 2014

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

Life With a New Baby Is Not Always What You Expect - Brochure 
Best Start Resource Centre, revised 2015

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 FrenchArabicChinese (Simplified), Hindi, Punjabi, Spanish, Tagalog, Tamil and Urdu

Life With a New Baby : Dealing with Postpartum Mood Disorders - Videos
Best Start Resource Centre, 2011

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. 

Available to view online: YouTube or Vimeo

Tobacco Misuse

Information on Second and Third-Hand Smoke - Handout

Information on Second and Third-Hand Smoke - Handout
Best Start Resource Centre, 2010

This document contains information on second and third-hand smoke, a summary of the strategies and sources of supplementary information.

Smoke-Free Home - Image

Smoke-Free Home - Image
Best Start Resource Centre, 2011

Originally created as a sticker, this image can be applied on a door or window, indicating that the environment is smoke-free.
Size: 7.6cm X 7.6cm or 3" X 3" 

Also available in JPG format.

Creating a Smoke-Free Environment for Your Children - Video

Creating a Smoke-Free Environment for Your Children - Video
Best Start Resource Centre, 2010

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.

Available online on YouTube or Vimeo

Workplace

Returning to Work after Baby - Booklet

Returning to Work after Baby - Booklet
Best Start Resource Centre, 2010

This booklet is for parents returning to work after a parental, maternity or adoption leave. The booklet contains many suggestions to facilitate daily life on topics such as: choosing a childcare, managing your time, making healthy lifestyle choices, budget planning, etc.

 

Links and other resources

Take a look also at our links and other resources in French, our Indigenous resources, and our resources for newcomers to Canada.