Becoming a parent involves planning, preparation and learning.

As the countdown to your due date begins, there are a few things you can do to prepare for your baby’s arrival.

While welcoming a baby into your family is a joyous occasion, planning ahead can help to make the transition to parenting easier. It is also important to get enough REST. The following suggestions may help:

Rest

  • Make sleep/rest a priority
  • Make time to take care of yourself

Eat

  • Eat nutritious meals and snacks and drink plenty of fluids

Support

  • Discuss parenting responsibilities with the support people in your life
  • Ask for help when needed
  • Accept help when offered
  • Ask other mothers how they felt during the first few weeks at home with baby
  • Talk to your health care provider about what to expect when baby comes home
  • Learn about parenting programs in your community for new parents

Take your time

  • Slow down and enjoy the parenting role
  • Have realistic expectations
  • Set small goals each day
  • Think about the way you were parented and your expectations of yourself as a parent
  • Acknowledge that being a new parent can be stressful
  • Make time for relationships
  • Make time to nurture your body, mind and heart

There are a few things you need to consider before the birth of your baby:

Feeding

How you feed your baby will be one of the most important decisions you will make as a parent. Make an informed decision about feeding your baby.

Sleeping

When your baby comes home, it is important to create a safe sleep environment.  For more information visit Safe Sleep for Your Baby provided by the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC).

Crying

It is normal for babies to cry. Babies cry to tell you that they need something. Learn about why babies cry, what you can do to soothe them and how to prevent shaken baby syndrome.

Travelling by Car

Babies have special safety needs when travelling in a car. It is important to choose the right car seats and install and use car seats correctly.

Product Safety

Safe products are important for your baby’s good health. Choosing right products for your baby can be confusing, learn about product safety, and how to protect your baby.