Well Baby Drop-In is a community resource for families to connect with other families and to provide you access to public health nurses and community supports.
When attending Well Baby the Public Health Nurse will provide guidance and support to any questions or concerns that you have about the health and wellness of your baby. You may have a question about breastfeeding, introducing solids, immunization etc. You are welcome to attend Well Baby to speak to the Public Health Nurse. You may wish to have your baby weighed and there is a scale available to do so. If you have a concern about your babies growth and development talk to the Public Health Nurse or your health care provider.
The Ontario Early Years Centre staff are there to provide age appropriate activities, information and resources that are available in your community. Staff are in attendance of the Well Baby drop-in on a weekly basis.
There are many resources available on the Health Unit website at www.hnhu.org. To name a few of these resources:
- Normal Growth
- Baby Teeth
- Baby Food
- Infectious Diseases (such as Chickenpox, Fifth Disease)
- Well Baby Drop-In
- Normal Growth and Development
World Health Organization suggests baby be weighed and measured at:
- 1 week
- 2 week
- 2 month
- 4 month
- 6 month
- 9 month (optional)
- 12 month
- 18 month
- 24 month
- Once per year from 2 years to adolescence
Every Tuesday 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Ontario Early Years Centre, 35 Braemar Avenue (in Notre Dame School).
Every Thursday 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Ontario Early Years Centre, 223 Fairview Ave. West (in Fairview Ave public school) Ph: 905.701.9572
Every Wednesday 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Ontario Early Years Centre, 12 Colborne St. North. Ph: 519.429.2875
Second Thursday of the month 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Delhi United Church, 105 Church St. West Ph: 1.866.463.2759
Normal Growth for Babies
The information on expected growth is intended for babies who are born full term and are healthy.
Initial Weight Loss
A weight loss after birth of about 7% is common; up to 10% is the normal range.
Feeding baby frequently tends to limit weight loss.
Typical Patterns of Weight Gain
Most babies start to gain weight by day 5 and return to birth weight by about 10-14 days.
How do I know that my Baby is Growing?
Ask yourself, is baby…
- Eating well, baby is content following feeds?
- Pooping and peeing on a regular basis?
- Baby looks bright-eyed and alert?
- Baby is gaining weight in the legs, arms, cheek and chin?
- Meeting developmental milestones according to the Nipissing District Developmental Screen (www.ndds.ca or available at all the OEYC)?
“Though your child may be taller or shorter, heavier or lighter than other children the same age, changes in height and weight generally follow a regular pattern that is right for your child.”
-Dietitians of Canada
It is more important to observe baby’s overall growth than to watch babies weight or length.
World Health Organization suggests taking measurements at the following intervals:
1 week • 2 week • 2 month • 4 month • 6 month • 9 month (optional) • 12 month • 18 month • 24 month • Once per year from 2 years old to adolescents. For further information on your baby’s development visit Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit www.hnhss.ca