New parents and baby

There’s a new baby in the family and life is exciting! But maybe you’re struggling a bit, or you have lots of questions. That’s okay – most new parents do. In this section, we’ll give you the tools to care for your baby and care for yourself.

  • First days: you just got home with your baby. Now what? We give you information to help you in the early days.
  • Breastfeeding: getting started in the first days and weeks
  • Baby care: get the health information that will give your baby the best chance at success.
  • Taking care of you: you’re taking care of the baby, but what about you? You need to be taken care of too.

Consider Immunization

Immunization is a healthy choice that saves lives. When you immunize your baby, you’re protecting them against illness and serious harms. These include meningitis, pneumonia, paralysis, brain damage, cancer and even death. BC’s immunization program provides free vaccines to protect your child from 15 diseases. First immunizations are at 2 months and can be done by your local public health centre or family physician.

More Information for New Parents

Another great source of evidence-based information for new families is the Healthy Families BC Website. It has information and videos on the following topics:

Feeding
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Baby health
Baby development
Safety
Becoming a new parent

After your baby is born, you will need to:

  • Register your baby’s birth to apply for a birth certificate
  • Sign up for the medical services plan for BC residents, and
  • Apply for Canadian Child Benefits.

We recommend that you check out VCH parent and child drop-in groups. These groups will help you connect with other new parents and health care professionals.

If you still have questions, find more VCH services in your area for new parents here.