Baby's First Year · Breastfeeding

Positions and tips for breastfeeding your baby

Breastfeeding families often come to our clinics asking for help positioning their baby while breastfeeding. There are many different positions to try.  These positions vary depending on many factors including your baby’s size, your breast size and shape and if you had a Caesarean birth. Some of these positions are called cross cradle, cradle position,… Continue reading Positions and tips for breastfeeding your baby

Pregnancy

Looking for an online prenatal program?

What if you could access free reliable pregnancy information any time of day, and from anywhere you have an internet connection?  Well, guess what? Toronto Public Health offers a free online prenatal program called Welcome to Parenting that is available to all families living in Toronto. About the program: This convenient and flexible program has… Continue reading Looking for an online prenatal program?

Baby's First Year · Parenting

Play & exploration lead the way to language development

Your baby is experiencing the world using their senses and growing physical ability. A blanket is something they look at, touch, feel and smell. During the first several months of infancy, they explore and experience but are not yet able to describe what they see, hear, feel and smell with real words. Your child is… Continue reading Play & exploration lead the way to language development

Baby's First Year · Breastfeeding · Nutrition

Vitamin D and your baby: What you need to know

Now that it’s getting warm & sunny out you may be asking – does my breastfed baby still need a vitamin D supplement? Yes, even though it’s spring and soon it’ll be summer, it’s still recommended that a breastfed baby under two years old get a vitamin D supplement every day. Though it’s true that the body… Continue reading Vitamin D and your baby: What you need to know

Baby's First Year · Parenting

Vaccine time? Tips to reduce immunization pain

So, over the last few weeks we have been reminded to make sure that our vaccinations are up-to-date. If you’re like me or my kids, getting a needle can be quite an ordeal!  Vaccines may protect children from serious diseases, however, the pain factor can be an issue and affect your child’s experience with vaccination. … Continue reading Vaccine time? Tips to reduce immunization pain

Nutrition · Pregnancy

5 Refreshing & naturally infused water recipes

With the weather warming up, you’re probably looking for different ideas to quench your thirst!  Our dietitian, Melissa Koch, posted these great fruit-flavoured water recipes last year and I wanted to share it with you once again.  Let us know what you’re favourite water recipe will be this summer! _________________________________________________________ Sometimes I get tired of… Continue reading 5 Refreshing & naturally infused water recipes

Baby's First Year · Emotional Health

Will I ever get enough sleep?  Helpful tips for your mental health

In the best of circumstances achieving a good night’s sleep is challenging…add a newborn, teething or fussy infant or a mind that won’t stop thinking to the mix and it can feel impossible! Although a new baby can make it very challenging for new parents to feel rested, it’s very important to ‘protect’ your sleep. … Continue reading Will I ever get enough sleep?  Helpful tips for your mental health

Pregnancy

Tips to stay safe and active during pregnancy

My friend Aileen loves walking and doing Zumba.  Recently, she found out that she was 5 weeks pregnant.  She was very excited but wondered if she should stop going to her favourite Zumba class.  This is a similar question commonly asked by expectant parents and I’m sure many of you want to know if it’s… Continue reading Tips to stay safe and active during pregnancy

Baby's First Year · Breastfeeding

Breastfeeding: Latching Your Baby

Having a good latch will help you make enough breast milk and help your baby to breastfeed well. It will also help prevent pain when breastfeeding. A poor latch can cause sore nipples, a hungry baby and a decreased breast milk supply. Some babies are able to latch on their own and others need some… Continue reading Breastfeeding: Latching Your Baby