Baby's First Year

BabyTalkTO: Texts to support baby’s communication development

A common growth and development milestone many new parents and caregivers ask about is baby's communication. Many turn to the web to find out what to expect as baby grows. Knowing where to get reliable information is key to learning how to support baby's development. Communication starts from birth, with crying and eye contact, then… Continue reading BabyTalkTO: Texts to support baby’s communication development

Parenting · Pregnancy

Sex during and after pregnancy: What’s your pleasure?

With Valentine’s Day approaching, there’s a good chance you are noticing romance in the air! But if you're pregnant or just had a baby, you might have questions about getting physical. I went straight to the experts to share some tips and information on sex and pleasure for pregnant people and/or new parents. Here’s Christina… Continue reading Sex during and after pregnancy: What’s your pleasure?

Baby's First Year · Parenting

Free online parenting program – Register now!

Looking for a free parenting program you can access anywhere, anytime, 24/7? You read all about pregnancy and labour, and now your bundle of joy is finally here. Your baby sleeps, cries and feeds day and night. You have many thoughts and questions. And when it is the middle of the night, you go online… Continue reading Free online parenting program – Register now!

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

Emotional Health · Parenting

Postpartum Depression in Fathers and Partners

It's common for new fathers to experience joy, excitement, stress and fear while adjusting to parenthood. Did you know that 10% of new fathers suffer from Postpartum Depression (PPD) and 50% when mom is depressed too? Most people are not aware, including the fathers experiencing it. To make change happen, we would like to bring… Continue reading Postpartum Depression in Fathers and Partners

Pregnancy

Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) in pregnancy

During the reproductive years, using condoms and having regular sexually transmitted infection (STI) testing can be an important part of a reproductive health plan because certain STIs can affect fertility if left untreated. Here's more from Nancy McAlary, our Sexual Health Promoter: STIs, such as chlamydia and gonorrhea, may cause infertility if these infections are… Continue reading Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) in pregnancy

Parenting

Masculinity: What messages are we giving children?

"Boys don't cry!" "You throw like a girl!" "Why is that boy playing with dolls?" As adults, there is potential to fall into gender stereotypes very easily. I've reached out to our Sexual Health Promoters to share their expertise on the importance of talking with children about society's gender stereotypes. Here's what they shared: By… Continue reading Masculinity: What messages are we giving children?

Baby's First Year · Parenting

Celebrating involved fathers

Fathers are on the front lines, taking care of both the physical and emotional needs of their children. Here's Kristine Clarke, Public Health Nurse, to share more on fathering: In my work with parents of young children, I witness many fathers excelling in the role of caregiver.   I see them at the EarlyON Child and… Continue reading Celebrating involved fathers

Parenting · Pregnancy

Celebrating Pride: 2SLGBTQ+ Parenting Programs in Toronto

In celebrating Pride month we not only celebrate people who identify as 2SLGBTQ+ (Two-Spirit, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Queer), but also their families.  Here's Chi Ching Hui, a Sexual Health Promoter at Toronto Public Health, sharing 5 programs supporting families: In Toronto, there are many programs that support 2SLGBTQ+ families that focus on family needs… Continue reading Celebrating Pride: 2SLGBTQ+ Parenting Programs in Toronto

Parenting

Children’s health & diesel emissions: What’s the link?

It's Healthy Schools Day on April 4th and Olanna Barnett, one of our Health Policy Specialists, shares a message about children's health and their environment: This year's Healthy Schools Day focus is on diesel emissions. Diesel buses have long been and still are a main mode of transportation for getting children to and from school.… Continue reading Children’s health & diesel emissions: What’s the link?