Baby's First Year

The first year of a baby's life is a joyous, challenging and sometimes overwhelming time.

To help you give your baby the best start, we offer information and tips on topics such as safe sleeping habits, breastfeeding, bottle-feeding, toy safety, food preparation, food allergies, child care and much more.

Learn about how Region of Waterloo Public Health is supporting, promoting and protecting breastfeeding.

Click on any of the topics to your left for more information. 

Sleep and Your New Babyimage of poster

Get to know more about your baby's sleep cycle at a free session for parents of newborns. These free sessions are offered at Ontario Early Years Centre at different locations. Check the Sleep and Your Baby Poster for details.

Register online now at

New Parent Resource Guide (NPRG) - Waterloo Region

The NPRG gives up-to-date information and websiteNew Resource Parent Guide links on many topics to help you as a parent, such as pregnancy, breastfeeding, parenting, growth and development and nutrition. It is for families and caregivers with children from prenatal to six years of age.

Where can families in Waterloo Region get a copy of the New Parent Resource Guide?

  • Families with newborns should get a NPRG from their midwife or from the hospital
  • Families with older infants and young children can get a copy at Ontario Early Years Centres

Click here for the Waterloo edition.

You can also find the information in the NPRG at

  • Click on "in print" from the headings at the top of the screen 
  • Then scroll down the page to find the Waterloo Region edition