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


  • Do you have children under the age of six?
  • Did you give birth in Waterloo Region?
  • Did you receive the New Parent Resource Guide?

If you answered "YES" to these questions, we would like to hear from you so we can improve the New Parent Resource Guide with the help of your feedback.

  1. Complete a ten-minute survey or
  2. Join us for snacks and a community chat; Register here for one of the three sessions* offered in Cambridge, Kitchener, and Waterloo during the month of September.

*Community Chat Sessions:

Cambridge Family Resource and Early Years Centre

150 Main Street, Cambridge

Tuesday, September 12, 9:45 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.

Child minding is available; families will need to register with the Cambridge OEYC to book a spot for their child.

Waterloo YMCA Early Years Centre

161 Roger Street, Waterloo

Wednesday, September 13, 9:45 a.m. -11:15 a.m.

Can provide an Early Years staff with toys to play with children in the same room where the parent focus group is. 

Kitchener Our Place Family Resource and Early Years Centre

154 Gatewood Road, Kitchener

Thursday, September 14, 9:30 a.m. -11:00 a.m.

Child minding is available; families will need to register with Our Place to book a spot for their child.

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