Baby's First Year · Parenting

Great minds with small hands: The importance of fine motor skills

  I will never forget the moment my daughter was about 2 months old when she first discovered her hands. She lifted her arms up in front of her face while in her swing and carefully turned her hand as if she was saying “What is this? How do I use it?” From baby’s first… Continue reading Great minds with small hands: The importance of fine motor skills

Baby's First Year · Parenting

Have a baby? Here’s a list of free parenting programs in Toronto

Looking to get out, meet other parents and learn about baby’s healthy growth and development? Wondering what free parenting programs are available in Toronto? Well, read on… Did you know that Toronto Public Health offers free parenting programs? Our parenting programs are offered in a group format and run by Public Health Nurses and/or community… Continue reading Have a baby? Here’s a list of free parenting programs in Toronto

Baby's First Year · Breastfeeding · Nutrition · Pregnancy

Breastfeeding – Together let’s make it work!

Did you know October 1-7th is breastfeeding week in Canada? Breastfeeding Week is celebrated annually to promote the importance of breastfeeding, to encourage breastfeeding and to improve the health of babies. The theme this year is Sustaining Breastfeeding Together. Many families want to breastfeed. Parents want to give their babies the benefits of breastfeeding. For… Continue reading Breastfeeding – Together let’s make it work!

Baby's First Year · Breastfeeding

5 Tips for expressing breast milk

Hand expression takes time to learn but will become easier with practice. It involves no cost, is always available and can be done anytime and anywhere. If your baby is healthy use a clean glass or hard plastic container (BPA free) to collect your expressed breast milk. Clean means to wash in hot soapy water… Continue reading 5 Tips for expressing breast milk

Baby's First Year · Breastfeeding · Parenting

Breastfeeding and Alcohol:  Do they mix?

A mom recently told me that she stayed away from drinking any alcohol when trying to get pregnant and throughout her pregnancy.  She then shared “After I gave birth and going through those newborn stages of learning to feed my baby, changing diapers, finding a routine, lack of sleep etc… a glass of alcohol was… Continue reading Breastfeeding and Alcohol:  Do they mix?

Baby's First Year · Nutrition · Parenting

Is your child a picky eater, or a learning eater?

Does your child enjoy certain foods one day and refuse to eat them the next? Children can be hard to predict when it comes to food and eating, which is a concern I hear from many parents. Young children are learning to eat; they are developing their own food preferences. It is important for parents… Continue reading Is your child a picky eater, or a learning eater?

Baby's First Year · Emotional Health · Parenting

Is it true new fathers can experience postpartum depression?

Paternal postpartum depression is a very real condition that can happen any time after the birth or adoption of a baby. Many people don’t realize that one in ten dads develop depression.  It may start during your partner’s pregnancy, go away after the baby’s birth, and come back 3-6 months later.  In fact research shows… Continue reading Is it true new fathers can experience postpartum depression?

Baby's First Year · Parenting

Is there a “Perfect” bedtime routine for babies?

There is no perfect bedtime routine.  The truth is our little bundles of joy were designed to get up and nourish those little developing brains.  Night waking is normal and actually very healthy for newborns!  Just this week, a client of the Healthy Babies, Healthy Children program asked me why they can’t get their child… Continue reading Is there a “Perfect” bedtime routine for babies?

Baby's First Year · Emotional Health · Parenting

Are you blaming yourself for the premature birth of your baby?

You’ve done all the textbook things you’re supposed to do during your pregnancy – you ate healthy food, exercised, attended prenatal programs, and had regular visits with your health care provider.  Yet here you are…sitting in a neonatal intensive care unit gazing through an incubator at your tiny two-pound baby born at 28 weeks.  Where… Continue reading Are you blaming yourself for the premature birth of your baby?

Baby's First Year · Breastfeeding

Feeding Your Baby Expressed Breast Milk

There may be times when feeding your baby at the breast is not possible. You may need to express breast milk if: Your baby is having difficulty with latching Your breasts are too hard for your baby to latch You want to give your baby breast milk when you are away from your baby You… Continue reading Feeding Your Baby Expressed Breast Milk