Ottawa Public Health - Parenting in Ottawa

Where parents go to get in the know

By Deanna Bertrend October 3, 2022

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     Ottawa Public Health - Parenting in Ottawa is THE parent resource for Ottawa families. This has been an incredibly helpful resource for myself as a first-time parent as I navigated questions about becoming a parent, pregnancy 101, and even the questions I now have about the COVID vaccine for my child who is now over 6 months old. Not only am I thankful to have the resource to turn to as a parent, but also for the collaboration of Parenting in Ottawa and Macaroni Kid Ottawa

    The Parenting in Ottawa website is easy to navigate and find the information you need quick - which I appreciate as a new parent because time is precious! I am starting to make progress on the daytime naps, but I certainly don't want to spend those precious minutes and hours trying to sift through websites finding information. Parenting in Ottawa is parent-friendly, bilingual, reliable resource as all the Parenting in Ottawa content is written by Public Health Nurses and community experts. Here's a snapshot of all the great resources just on the Parenting in Ottawa website. There is also the Parenting in Ottawa Facebook page as well as the Parenting in Ottawa Instagram page (also both available in English and French!) that provide daily tips and information on healthy child development hosted by Public Health Nurses. 

Becoming a Parent and Pregnancy

Starting a family is a big, but exciting step. You probably have a lot of questions about the road ahead. We're here to help. Here's what you can find in this section:   


You will make many decisions before, during and after becoming a parent that will affect your child. Deciding how you are going to feed your baby is a very important one. Breastfeeding your baby is one of the things you can do to give him or her their best start in life. Learn more about: 

Babies and Toddlers

From your baby's first steps to their first words, we're here for you. The babies and toddlers section covers everything from healthy development to safety. Find answers to your questions about:  


Is my child ready for school? How can I get my child to be more active? How do I cope with challenging behaviour? These are some of the many questions parents have about their children. We're here to help. Find answers to your questions about: 


There's a lot of pressure facing today's youth. They are going through puberty while trying to find out who they are and where they fit in. Some describe this as the "awkward" phase when people come into their own. You may have questions about your youth's behaviour. We're here to help. Learn answers to questions about:

If you are looking for information on the COVID-19 vaccine for children, visit 

Do you have more questions about parenting?