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About the Parenting in Ottawa website

Parenting in Ottawa is a new resource for parents created by Ottawa Public Health and its community partners. It was designed to make parenting in Ottawa a little bit easier. Browse our website to find information written by local health experts.

Wondering what foods to avoid during pregnancy?  That's in our Becoming a Parent and Pregnancy section.

Getting ready to breastfeed for the first time?  You'll find useful tips in our Breastfeeding section.

Wondering when your child can start eating solid foods?  Check out the Babies and Toddlers section.

Need to know what vaccines your child requires to attend school?  That can be found in our Children section.

Need tips for talking to your youth about mental health?  We're here to help. Visit the Youth section.

We are proud to serve all parents and parents-to-be in the City of Ottawa.

Parenting in Ottawa Facebook page

Do you have questions about pregnancy and parenting children from birth to 18 years in Ottawa? Are you looking for ways to connect with and support other parents? If yes, then you've come to the right place!

The Parenting in Ottawa Facebook page is moderated by Ottawa Public Health and is updated by a Registered Nurse Monday to Friday, 8:00am - 3:00pm (excluding holidays). It's our mission to share information, respond to your parenting questions and create a safe place for parents to get together to chat about raising kids in Ottawa. 

Parenting topics include:

  • family planning
  • pregnancy
  • breastfeeding
  • the growth and development of your child
  • physical activity
  • healthy eating
  • child safety
  • mental health
  • how to talk to your child and teen about alcohol, tobacco and other drugs 
  • how to talk to your child and teen about puberty and sexuality
  • community services for your family


You can also call our Ottawa Public Health Information Line at 613-PARENTS [613-727-3687].

What are you waiting for?! Join the conversation! :)

pregnant belly, infant, toddler, child  There are a variety of services to make it easier for your child to grow up healthy in Ottawa. Learn more.