Helping you navigate through the first three months.
The first three months of life outside the womb is often named the "fourth trimester." Here are some key reminders to help you navigate through those early months.
- Breastfeeding support: New parents often have concerns about feeding their baby. Visit our breastfeeding section to learn more. If you have questions or difficulties, speak with a public health nurse or contact your local La Leche League.
- Every sleep counts: To reduce the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), always place your baby on their back for every sleep. Find safe sleep tips.
- All babies cry: Crying is your baby’s way of communicating. Some babies will cry more than others. It can be very overwhelming. The "period of purple crying" is a normal developmental stage. Find tips on soothing your baby's cries.
- Bonding: Take time to give love, hugs, smiles and lots of reassurance. You cannot spoil a baby by attending to their cries. Research has shown that well-loved babies do better in every way. Learn more on love and attachment.
- Family planning: If you would like to wait before having another baby, find out about your birth control options. Talk to your health care provider at your six week check-up about the best choice for you.
- Second- and third-hand smoke: Protect your family’s health. Create a smoke-free environment for your child at all times. Supports are available to help you quit smoking andhelp you lessen exposure to second-hand and third-hand smoke.
- Emotional wellness: Check your own mental wellness with our postpartum depression screening questionnaire. Make sure to visit your health care provider six weeks after your baby’s birth for a check-up and discuss your answers from the questionnaire. Learn more about depression and anxiety, including tips on self-care.