Baby's First Year · Parenting

Common vision problems in children

The Ontario Association of Optometrists recommends that children have their first eye exam at 6 months of age and again at 2-3 year of age and every year after that. In Ontario, eye exams for all children 19 years old and under are covered by OHIP. As recommended I took my 3 year old daughter… Continue reading Common vision problems in children

Nutrition · Pregnancy

Canada Prenatal Nutrition Program: A participant’s perspective

Connecting with other pregnant individuals is one of the main benefits of attending a prenatal program. So with this in mind, Public Health Nurse, Andrea Winzer, and nursing student, Michelle Aclan, spoke with Canada Prenatal Nutrition Program (CPNP) participant, Nadia Webster, to share her thoughts with you on how attending the program helped her during… Continue reading Canada Prenatal Nutrition Program: A participant’s perspective

Parenting · Pregnancy

Pregnancy spacing and birth control

If you’ve just had a baby and are not ready to have another baby so soon, consider using birth control to help you space your next pregnancy. When planning another pregnancy, it’s best to wait at least 18 months to 5 years to have your next baby. Birth control is used to help prevent a… Continue reading Pregnancy spacing and birth control

Breastfeeding · Nutrition

Breastfeeding: Top 5 nutrition questions

Our family and friends often give us advice during and after our pregnancy on how to take care of ourselves and our babies. What we should eat while breastfeeding tends to be a question that we get a wide range of responses to. Top 5 breastfeeding and nutrition questions that I often get asked are:… Continue reading Breastfeeding: Top 5 nutrition questions

Baby's First Year · Parenting

Baby’s speech, hearing & vision: Don’t wait and see

Did you know that approximately 1 in 10 children require support developing typical speech and language skills? It is important to know that milestones as early as 6 months of age can begin to impact a child’s speech and language development. In the past, it was common for parents and some professional to take a… Continue reading Baby’s speech, hearing & vision: Don’t wait and see

Nutrition · Pregnancy

Vitamin A in pregnancy

A diet rich in vitamin A (including fortified foods and beverages) is recommended during pregnancy for the healthy development of your baby’s skin, eyes and immune system. Food sources of vitamin A are found in most orange coloured vegetables (e.g., sweet potato, carrot, squash and pumpkin), some orange coloured fruits (e.g., cantaloupe, apricot and mango)… Continue reading Vitamin A in pregnancy

Baby's First Year · Breastfeeding · Parenting

Cannabis use while breastfeeding

Cannabis is now legal to use in Ontario for people 19 years and older (age may be different in other provinces across Canada). However just because it is legal does not mean it is safe to use while breastfeeding. Cannabis contains many ingredients, the main psychoactive component being tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). It is safest to not… Continue reading Cannabis use while breastfeeding

Baby's First Year · Parenting

Speech, hearing & vision: The importance of early detection

Speech, hearing and vision are important parts of your child’s development. Babies begin to explore the environment around them through the sights and sounds they are exposed to. Through exploration, a baby’s brain begins to make connections that helps them learn to communicate. May is Speech, Hearing and Vision month. But what happens if your… Continue reading Speech, hearing & vision: The importance of early detection

Nutrition · Parenting · Pregnancy

Easy & healthy recipe: Spinach cottage cheese lasagna

Health Canada has recently released a newer version of Canada’s Food Guide to help us make healthier choices. If you are pregnant or breastfeeding you already know the importance of healthy eating for you and your baby. One new key message is one that encourages Canadians to cook more often. 5 benefits of cooking often:… Continue reading Easy & healthy recipe: Spinach cottage cheese lasagna

Baby's First Year · Breastfeeding · Parenting

Can breastfeeding help with immunization pain?

Vaccines are a routine part of your baby’s childhood. They help to keep your baby healthy by protecting your baby against serious infections. However, vaccinations maybe painful and cause stress to your baby. Breastfeeding during vaccination is safe for babies even newborns. Research has shown that breastfeeding during your baby’s injections can decrease their pain… Continue reading Can breastfeeding help with immunization pain?