with your newborn          ISSUE ONE
An amazing new relationship has begun and you have many questions.

As parents with a newborn, you may not have time to read a lot of parenting books. We would like to make your life a little bit easier. As you reach each new stage in your child’s development, you will want to know what to expect. As your baby grows, you will receive your next issue of “Let’s Grow” which can help to answer any questions you might have!

Let’s Grow will focus on important information about the healthy growth and development of your child and your family. More in-depth information is available by calling your local health unit, resource centre or by accessing the resources on the right side of the page.

Let’s Grow... Together!
Mom & Partner after baby
Mom & Partner after baby
After your baby is born it is important to continue to make time for yourself, your family, and friends.

Partners are very important during this time. Parenting is a team effort. Make time to talk with your partner and spend alone time together to remember why you fell in love. Accept the fact that your life will change. Remember you can’t be everything to everyone. Set priorities. Make a list. Do what works for you and your family. Talk with other new parents. Ask them what works for them. They’ve been there, too!

It’s important to talk about how you are feeling. Try saying things like:
“I feel cared for when…”
“I feel frustrated when…”
“I feel happy when…”
“I feel exhausted when…”

It’s okay and normal to be tired. If you are feeling overwhelmed, talk to
someone until you get the support and help you need.
If you continue to struggle with your moods, see issue 2 for
more information.
All babies cry. Some babies cry more than others. Sometimes they cry because they are hungry, tired or uncomfortable, but there may be times that you cannot figure out what is wrong.

Your job is not to make baby stop crying, but to offer your comfort. The most important thing you can do for your baby is to stay calm. This won’t always be easy.

If you feel frustrated, put him in his crib where he is safe and walk away for a few minutes until you feel better. Never shake a baby. His neck is weak and his head is heavy. Shaking will hurt his brain and may cause blindness, paralysis, learning disabilities or even death.

Please know that your baby is not trying to make you angry. If you think that your
baby might be ill, take him to see the doctor. Otherwise he is probably
experiencing the Period of P.U.R.P.L.E crying. This is normal and is not
related to your parenting. Know that this difficult time will pass.
Health & Safety
Health & Safety
Never hesitate to call the doctor if you are worried about your baby.

Call if:

• baby is under 6 months and has a fever (temperature above 37.5º C/99.5º F armpit.
• baby is jaundiced (his skin or eyes are yellow in colour)
• baby’s diaper is dry for more than 4 hours (after day 4)
• baby is very tired and does not wake easily
• baby will not nurse or falls asleep after starting to feed
• baby vomits forcefully (not “spitting-up”)
• soft spot on the top of baby’s head seems either sunken or is bulging outward
• there is discharge or odour from baby’s umbilical cord

If you notice any of these symptoms and are concerned, call your family
doctor or telehealth.

All babies who are breastfed or receiving breast milk need a daily
vitamin D supplement of 10 micrograms (400IU)

If you have further questions, you may call our Health Matters
line at (519) 539-9800, ext. 3473, or
TTY: 1-800-755-0394, ext. 3473.
Talk, Play, Teach
Talk, Play, Teach
Talk: "The Moon is Round"
Babies make all kinds of sounds. Imitate her sounds and facial expressions. She is already practicing how to talk. Familiar songs and rhymes will help to calm her.
The moon is round, as round can be, (Trace a circle with your finger around the baby’s face, touching gently.) Two eyes, a nose and a mouth, (Touch under the baby’s eyes and on her mouth.) Like me! (And here’s the smile, of course.)

Play: Different positions
Babies like to be held in different positions. Hold him on your lap, in your arms and at your shoulders. Feed and hold him with both your right and left arms. Variety lets him see the world in different ways.
It also helps him strengthen all of his muscles.
Keep him in his infant seat or
swing for only short periods of time. He needs to be out so he can
stretch and move.

Teach: Tell me about your day
She loves to see your face. When you hold,
cuddle and feed her, look at her and talk to her. It doesn’t matter
what you say. Tell her about your day. Your voice is interesting and it
soothes her. You can sing too. She doesn’t mind if you are not on key.
She just loves to hear your voice and look into your eyes.
Look what I can do
Look what I can do
Hearing: When I am about one week of age, I will turn toward you when I hear your comforting
voice. I also like soothing sounds & might startle when I hear loud, sharp noises.
Speaking to me early is already helping me learn to talk.

Touch: I especially love to be held skin-to-skin. I respond to touching, stroking, cuddling, warmth
and gentle movement. I might like more of less of these things depending on my mood. All babies
are not the same.

Sucking, swallowing and rooting: I need to suck, not just for food but for comfort. I am
programmed to seek out food, especially when you hold me close. When you stroke my
cheek, you will notice that I turn to that side. This rooting reflex will gradually disappear over time.

Taste & smell:I can recognize my mother’s milk by its smell. I don’t like strong scents
(perfumes, bath products, air fresheners). I may wrinkle up my face, turn away or cry

Grasping: If you place your finger into the palm of my hand, I should hang onto it with

Sight: I can focus within a range of 20cm (8 inches). This is the distance between your
face and mine when I am feeding. I like contrasting colours and patterns.