If you’re a loyal follower of our blog, you may remember I used to be the voice behind this blog. Back in August 2015, I took a year off to welcome by daughter into the world – what a wonderful (and busy) year it was! To mark my return, I’m sharing my top three baby-related resources for any new, or soon to be, moms and dads out there. I hope this information is helpful!
Register your baby’s birth
The last thing you may want to think about after becoming a new parent is registering your child’s birth! Thankfully, there’s a quick, easy and secure way to complete this process online, ensuring you’re set up to receive the Canada Child Benefit, your child’s social insurance number and birth certificate, as well as resister your child in the Medical Services Plan. Learn more about online birth registration in BC.
Is this normal?!
If you’re anything like me, you’ll likely spend hours researching perceived ailments of your new bundle of joy (tip: DON’T!!). Healthy Families BC was a great resource to calm my new-mom worries, particularly the Baby’s Best Chance handbook.
Access non-emergency health information
Have you ever used the 8-1-1 service? It’s a free-of-charge service that’s operated by HealthLink BC. When you call 8-1-1, you can talk directly with a registered nurse, a registered dietitian or a pharmacist. It’s a great way to get healthcare information without having to endure a long wait at your local walk-in clinic. Here’s more information about the 8-1-1 service (remember, it’s for non-emergencies only!).
If there’s a resource that helped you when you first became a parent, please let me know by leaving a comment below!