Caring For You and Your Baby is a practical guide for new mothers with babies from infancy through to toddler age. It provides information that can help keep you and your baby happy and healthy. This guide was developed by public health experts with a focus on raising healthy babies and protecting them from injury and illness.

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Babies and young children have unique needs. For example, they are more likely to get infectious diseases because their immune systems are still developing and they have not yet learned about hygiene.

Caring For You and Your Baby covers these basic topics:

  • A healthy diet and lifestyle, which will help the whole family combat infections and feel good.
  • Breastfeeding, which helps babies get the best nutrition and their mothers’ antibodies while their immune system develops.
  • Immunizations, which protect your baby from serious and sometimes fatal diseases, including polio, measles, diphtheria, tetanus, and hepatitis.
  • Cleaning and hygiene, including diapering, bathing, and laundry, to help prevent the spread of disease-causing germs.
  • Household safety, with a focus on your baby’s environment.

Caring For You and Your Baby speaks directly to new moms but there’s a lot of useful information here for your partner and everyone who is helping out during this exciting time.

This guide also includes Internet references and suggestions about where you can get more details on certain subjects

…so, please read on!


Taking Care of You and Your Baby is available for download in the following languages: Arabic, Chinese, English, Farsi, French, Inuktitut, Korean, Punjabi, Russian, Spanish, Tagalog and Urdu!

Caring For You and Your Baby is brought to you by the Canadian Public Health Association (CPHA) in partnership with Reckitt Benckiser Inc., the makers of Lysol® products.