Baby's First Year · Breastfeeding · Pregnancy

Skin-to-skin: The healthiest place to begin

What is skin-to-skin? Skin-to-skin contact means holding your baby against your bare chest or tummy. It has many health benefits for both you and your baby. Babies: breastfeed better cry less and are calmer stay warmer have better blood sugar levels Mothers*: breastfeed more easily learn when your baby is getting hungry bond more with… Continue reading Skin-to-skin: The healthiest place to begin

Baby's First Year · Parenting

Gender stereotypes & toys: The impact on children

The holidays are approaching and if there are children on your gift-giving list, there's a chance you are going to be visiting a toy store – where gender stereotypes rule the layout of the store! Here are some tips from our sexual health nurse, Jennifer Katz, RN, to help us navigate through those kids' lists.… Continue reading Gender stereotypes & toys: The impact on children

Baby's First Year · Parenting

People games: Peek-a-Boo, I See You!

As a Speech-Language Pathologist, I provide families with practical tips on how they can bond with their child and create fun opportunities to teach their child new language.  I often recommend people games! People games are play routines that you have created with your child that do not involve any toys. Keep in mind that… Continue reading People games: Peek-a-Boo, I See You!

Parenting · Pregnancy

Zika virus: Planning a pregnancy & travelling

When my best friend recently shared with me that she and her partner were planning to start a family, I couldn't be happier.  This exciting news took a turn when she told me they were travelling to their dream destination spot in South America.  Alarm bells went off in my head as I asked if… Continue reading Zika virus: Planning a pregnancy & travelling

Baby's First Year · Parenting

Physical activity & children: What’s the connection?

Being physically active is important at any age. The early years (0-4 years old) is an important time to create healthy behaviour and patterns that your child will build on as they grow. Every little bit counts, but, more is better, at every age. We can encourage children to be active for life through developing… Continue reading Physical activity & children: What’s the connection?

Baby's First Year · Parenting

Baby & Music: Everyone loves a dance party!

Ever find yourself humming along to a rhythm and singing lyrics from a song that you have a memory or a specific interaction with? Music impacts our life in so many ways! It can affect our mood, give us energy, help us focus, and trigger memories – just to name a few. And guess what?… Continue reading Baby & Music: Everyone loves a dance party!

Nutrition · Parenting · Pregnancy

Foods during pregnancy: Organic vs non-organic

Both organic foods and conventional (non-organic) are equal in terms of nutrient content. I say…it is a personal choice. The difference is in how they are produced. Organic foods are produced without the following: Synthetic (human-made) pesticides, herbicides and fertilizers Genetically modified organisms (GMOs) antibiotics or growth hormones Irradiation or ionizing radiation  However, organic farmers… Continue reading Foods during pregnancy: Organic vs non-organic

Baby's First Year · Parenting

Screen time and Babies

We know that babies and young children learn best from us and from social interaction. With all the technology available, people are using devices with their babies. In fact, 92% of parents report that their 1 year old has already used a mobile device, some starting as young as 4 months. Earlier this year, I… Continue reading Screen time and Babies

Baby's First Year · Pregnancy

Born too soon: World Prematurity Day

Every year on November 17th, we celebrate World Prematurity Day to raise awareness about preterm birth and the concerns preterm babies and their family's experience. Babies born too early may face serious health risks or long term health problems. In 2016, the preterm birth rate was 8.7% in Toronto, higher than the rest of Ontario.… Continue reading Born too soon: World Prematurity Day