Baby's First Year · Parenting · Pregnancy

Free online prenatal and parenting program

Looking for a free prenatal and parenting program you can access anywhere, anytime, 24/7? You may have many questions about your pregnancy, what to expect during labour and delivery, how to prepare for your baby's arrival and how to care for a baby. Now that many programs and services are cancelled or postponed due to… Continue reading Free online prenatal and parenting program

Nutrition · Pregnancy

Cinnamon-Ginger Pancakes with Strawberry Sauce

Start your day on a sweet note! Ontario field strawberries are available yearly starting in May. Try them in this easy pancake recipe that offers a delicious twist on the usual pancakes and syrup. It pairs the warm flavours of cinnamon and ginger with a light, fruity strawberry sauce. It's a perfect way to energize… Continue reading Cinnamon-Ginger Pancakes with Strawberry Sauce

Baby's First Year · Parenting

May is Speech and Hearing Month – It’s Time to be a Detective

May is Speech and Hearing Month. Now more than ever, it's time for us as caregivers to be detectives about how the pandemic and its restrictions may be affecting the development of our children's communication. Every May, Speech-Language Pathologists celebrate Speech and Hearing Month and spend time discussing the importance of early identification and intervention,… Continue reading May is Speech and Hearing Month – It’s Time to be a Detective

Baby's First Year · Nutrition · Parenting

Why won’t my little one eat?

Does your child eat certain foods one day and refuse to eat them the next? Many parents often worry about this and ask me why it is happening. Young children are learning to eat; they are figuring out what they like and don't like in terms of taste, texture, touch and smell.   Take time… Continue reading Why won’t my little one eat?

Baby's First Year · Parenting

How do babies communicate when they are too young to talk?

When I mention "communication", a lot of parents think I only mean talking. But there are so many ways that you and your baby communicate that don't involve any words at all – through gestures, body movements, touch, and facial expressions. These forms of (non-verbal) communication are important stepping stones to talking. How your baby… Continue reading How do babies communicate when they are too young to talk?

Baby's First Year · Emotional Health · Parenting · Pregnancy

World Maternal Mental Health Day

This year, May 5, 2021 is World Maternal Mental Health Day.  It is a day to raise awareness of perinatal mood disorders. 1 in 5 women experience anxiety and/or depression during pregnancy or post-partum. It is one of the most common complications of pregnancy and childbirth yet it is often unnoticed and untreated. The COVID-19… Continue reading World Maternal Mental Health Day

Breastfeeding · Pregnancy

COVID-19 Vaccine: Planning a pregnancy, pregnant or breastfeeding

As of April 23, all pregnant individuals in Ontario are eligible to register for COVID-19 vaccination appointments. It is free and available to all eligible residents. An OHIP card is not required to get the vaccine. Many have been asking questions about the vaccine and whether it is safe to be vaccinated when planning a… Continue reading COVID-19 Vaccine: Planning a pregnancy, pregnant or breastfeeding

Nutrition · Parenting · Pregnancy

Six tips to support food sustainability

What is food sustainability? In short…it is maintaining a food system that is safe and healthy for everyone starting from the production of food all the way to putting food on your table. It means making food in ways that are safe and healthy for the environment and the consumer. But it doesn't end there;… Continue reading Six tips to support food sustainability

Breastfeeding

Breastfeeding can be effective in preventing pregnancies

Lactational Amenorrhea Method (LAM) is a natural form of birth control method that uses breastfeeding* to prevent ovulation. However breastfeeding is only a reliable form of birth control when all these conditions are met: Your baby is under 6 months Your monthly period has not returned Your baby is fully or nearly fully breastfed Your baby… Continue reading Breastfeeding can be effective in preventing pregnancies