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The hardest part is over – giving birth. Now, the reality is slowly setting in. You are a parent and you are now responsible for a new little baby. You’ve looked forward to this day for a long time and now that it’s here, you question what you need to do once you get home. It can be overwhelming, but here’s what you should keep in mind.

At the hospital

While you are at the hospital, you may be required to fill out paperwork and answer some questions. In Canada, you get your baby’s health card before you leave the hospital. In Ontario, you get the card in paper form at the hospital, but you have to register for everything else at home.

In addition, in Ontario, you’ll find breastfeeding help and simple assistance from the nurses in the hospital. The nurses in the hospital want you to succeed with breastfeeding, so they will continue to help your baby latch on and feed. It’s helpful because they can address any issues that may come up.

Go home and relax

Once you get home, remember to relax. And remember to soak it all up. The days will pass and you won’t be able to get them back. However, once you can separate yourself from the baby fog for a moment, you need to register a newborn baby. In Ontario, there’s a website where you can do this.

When you register, you get a social insurance number, a birth certificate, child care benefits, and an actual health card. Everything will come in the mail.

Enjoy your little one

As we mentioned in the previous point, remember to enjoy your little one. The time will go by so fast, so remember to enjoy those little faces, enjoy rocking her to sleep, enjoy getting sleep yourself, and focus on your mental health. Do what makes you happy and embrace that people want to help.

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