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An essential list of books, videos, and websites to aid new parents in raising a child to the best of their abilities.

Key points

  • Resources for expecting parents include books, websites and videos.

There are many resources available for expecting parents to help guide them through pregnancy and their baby's early years. These resources include books, websites and videos.


Canada’s Baby Care Book

By Dr. Jeremy Friedman and Dr. Norman Saunders
The Hospital for Sick Children
Publisher: Robert Rose (2007)

Canada’s Baby Care Book offers a wealth of reliable information that will help parents make the right choices for their baby. With its extensive range of topics covered clearly and comprehensively, this is the most complete book on baby care you will find. Canada’s Baby Care Book has a friendly, easy-to-understand style that makes it easy to "learn everything you need to know about your baby's birth, the first few days, growth and development, breast - and formula-feeding, introducing solid foods, sleeping, playing, and more."

What to Expect the First Year

by Heidi Murkoff, Arlene Eisenberg & Sandee Hathaway
Paperback: 832 pages
Publisher: Workman Publishing Company; 2nd edition (2003)
ISBN: 0761129588

In this book, you’ll find answers to many day-to-day questions that parents face in the first year of their child’s life. The book is divided into three parts. Part One: The First Year offers advice on how to care for your baby across the first 12 months, with information on various topics such as development, feeding and nutrition, and medical checkups. Part Two: Of Special Concern offers advice on specific topics such as coping with the winter season, traveling with your baby, first aid, common birth disorders, and adoption. The final section, Part Three: Ready Reference, acts as a ready-to-use reference guide covering diverse topics including recipes for the first year, common home remedies, childhood illnesses, and weight and height charts.

The Mother of all Baby Books

by Ann Douglas
Paperback: 576 pages
Publisher: John Wiley and Sons Canada, Ltd. (2001)
ISBN: 1553350073

This Canadian guidebook offers everyday advice for parents, with a focus on baby’s first year. The advice is based on interviews with over 150 Canadian parents. The information is also medically reviewed, so parents can be assured that the advice is reliable.

The Baby Owner's Manual: Operating Instructions, Trouble-Shooting Tips, and Advice on First-Year Maintenance

by Louis Borgenicht & Joe Borgenicht
Paperback: 228 pages
Publisher: Quirk Books (2003)
ISBN: 1931686238

Their first-time parent guidebook functions as an "owner’s manual" on the "how-to’s" of parenting in the first year of life. The book is divided into seven sections that include advice and tips on bringing your baby home, feeding and nutrition, sleep, development and safety. The authors, a pediatrician and their son, focus on answering questions on the basics of childcare. Throughout, the authors use a step-by-step approach to parenting and a variety of charts and drawings to illustrate the basics of childcare in the first year.


Caring for Kids


The Canadian Paediatric Society is the expert on child health information. They offer parents and caregivers as well as healthcare providers information and resources on babies, immunizations, behavior and development, nutrition, safety and much more.

Child Safety Link


Child Safety Link is an injury prevention program at the IWK Health Centre in Halifax, Nova Scotia, serving Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and Prince Edward Island. Unintentional injuries are the leading cause of death and disability for children. Child Safety Link is committed to reducing these injuries in Maritime children and youth.


A Simple Gift (The video collection) – Comforting Your Baby, Helping Young Children Cope with Emotions & Ending the Cycle of Hurt

This group of videos was developed by the Infant Mental Health Promotion program, part of the Department of Psychiatry at The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.


Last updated: October 18th 2009