Baby's First Year · Parenting

First words: The power of play time

Before having my own children, I didn’t enjoy the winter.  However, I quickly realized that once you dress warmly, it’s fun to get outside and play like a child again. And…there is so much to talk about! You can make a difference in the way that your child learns their first words. As a Speech-Language… Continue reading First words: The power of play time

Baby's First Year · Breastfeeding

Can I Take Medications While Breastfeeding?

You may wonder if it is safe to take prescription or over the counter medications while breastfeeding or whether it is wiser to avoid all medications during this time. In almost all cases it is safe to continue breastfeeding while taking medications. Medications and Breast Milk Most medications will get into your breast milk but… Continue reading Can I Take Medications While Breastfeeding?

Baby's First Year · Parenting

Teaching children about body awareness and consent

As parents and caregivers, you play a vital role in raising a sexually healthy child. You get to be the primary educator to teach your child about healthy sexuality based on your family values and beliefs. Here are our Sexual Health colleagues, Jennifer Paterson & Nancy McAlary, to explain more. Children are curious and have… Continue reading Teaching children about body awareness and consent

Baby's First Year · Emotional Health · Parenting

Feeling stressed during the holidays?

Year after year I notice that as soon as Halloween is over, it’s all about the upcoming holiday season. The days get shorter, the sights and sounds of the holiday fill the air. The holidays are considered a time for celebrating and spending time with family and friends. This time of year can also be… Continue reading Feeling stressed during the holidays?

Baby's First Year · Breastfeeding · Parenting · Pregnancy

Resources and support for new parents

Having a baby can be a very exciting time but it can also be a time of uncertainty and worry because you are facing a world that is unknown and new to you.  I remember when I had my first baby, I had so many mixed emotions and I wanted to do the very best.… Continue reading Resources and support for new parents

Baby's First Year · Parenting

Safe sleep tips for your baby

Finding yourself confused about the safest way to put your baby to sleep? Well, you’re not alone.  The fact is, with so many products being advertised to help comfort your baby and put them to sleep, parents/caregivers may feel overwhelmed by the choices. There are many ways to soothe your crying baby which may help… Continue reading Safe sleep tips for your baby

Baby's First Year · Nutrition · Parenting

Introducing baby to a cup

During our nutrition groups, a common question parents ask is “Now that my baby is starting solid food, how can I get them to drink fluids from a cup?” This is an excellent question! Nutrition is dynamic and information changes all the time. Health Canada recommends when introducing solids to your baby around six months… Continue reading Introducing baby to a cup

Baby's First Year · Breastfeeding

Can breastfeeding be a reliable method of contraception?

Did you know that, even when breastfeeding (also known as chestfeeding), it is possible to become pregnant again just weeks after delivering a baby? Using breastfeeding as a natural method of contraception, also known as Lactational Amenorrhea Method (LAM), relies on breastfeeding hormones to suppress ovulation.  Without ovulation the body cannot get pregnant. Breastfeeding can… Continue reading Can breastfeeding be a reliable method of contraception?

Baby's First Year · Emotional Health · Pregnancy

Feeling sad or stressed? Find out where to get support in Toronto

This may be your first pregnancy, or your fourth baby – depression and anxiety can happened to anyone.  Many new parents who are struggling don’t get the help they need…some because they are ashamed and feel they should be enjoying their pregnancy or new baby, and some because they just don’t know where to start… Continue reading Feeling sad or stressed? Find out where to get support in Toronto