Bringing Baby Home
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​Congratulations on the birth of your baby! Below you will find information to help you prepare for the first few days at home and beyond.

Going home

You must have your baby in an infant seat that meets the Canadian Motor Vehicle Safety Standard. Check out buying a car seat and how to properly install & use a rear-facing car seat.

Your first days at home

A Public Health Nurse will call you after you come home from the hospital. The nurse will check how you and your baby are doing and answer any questions that you may have. Learn more about this service and taking care of yourself and your baby in the early days.

You will find lots of information and videos on bringing baby home on HealthyFamiliesBC. Topics cover areas such as newborn care, breastfeeding, taking care of yourself, visitors and preparing siblings.

Check out our New Baby Information page

If you have any concerns before the Public Health nurse calls, please call HealthLinkBC at 811, your Doctor or Midwife.

Safer sleep for your baby

Sadly, a small number of babies die in their sleep unexpectedly or accidentally. Choose sleeping arrangements that will give your baby the safest sleep possible. Make every sleep a safer sleep for your baby! Learn more about creating a Safer Sleep Plan.

Feeding your baby

Your milk is the only food that your baby needs for the first six months. There are many benefits of breastfeeding for both mother and baby. Find out more information about feeding your baby.

If it's not possible to give your baby your milk, try pasteurized donor human milk (if available) or store bought formula. A prescription from a doctor or midwife is required for donor milk. For more information about donor milk or becoming a donor, visit the BC Women’s Milk Bank website.

Adjusting to new roles

There are new demands on mothers and partners when baby comes home.  It is easy to forget about taking care of you. You will be operating on much less sleep as the baby will be up many times throughout the night to feed, diaper, burp or just cry. Take a moment every day to take care of yourself.

Visit For Dads and Partners for tips on new roles as a dad/partner.

Relationship adjustment

This is the start of your journey in your relationship as parents. Bringing home a baby involves physical and emotional adjustments that can also change your relationship with your partner.

Siblings

Some siblings may react to bringing home a new baby. Some may love the baby and others may be angry. Younger children may go back to acting like babies themselves while older siblings may feel jealous. Here are some suggestions to help prepare your child.

Pets

Pets are a member of the family and will take time to adjust to the arrival of your baby. It’s recommended that you do not get a new pet right before your baby comes home.

If you already have a pet, take steps during the pregnancy to prepare your pet.

Baby blues/depression/anxiety

It’s normal for new mothers to have lots of different feelings and emotions. This can include baby blues, depression and anxiety. Dads and Partners can experience these feelings too.

Important paperwork for newborns

Having a baby comes with paperwork! Visit HealthyFamiliesBC for more information on birth registration, medical benefits and child tax benefits.

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