Baby's First Year · Parenting

Child development: Don’t wait and see

The rapid changes children undergo in the early years of life can leave parents wondering how best to care for them at each stage. As May is Speech, Hearing and Vision month, we’d like to make sure you are aware of some important ways to support the child in your world. When one or more… Continue reading Child development: Don’t wait and see

Baby's First Year · Parenting

The importance of floor and tummy time

Put my baby on the floor?  Yes! Actually, putting baby on the floor and getting down to baby’s level for undistracted play time can: Increase your baby’s physical activity. Support your baby’s growth and development. Increase your baby’s confidence. Increase your baby’s physical activity Placing baby on the floor is the best way for baby… Continue reading The importance of floor and tummy time

Baby's First Year · Breastfeeding

Is my newborn baby’s runny stool normal or is it diarrhea?

At the breastfeeding clinic, I have quite a few new parents expressing their concerns that their baby may be having diarrhea. I hear “my baby’s stool is liquid and runny” or “my baby has a bowel movement every time I change their diaper”.  On the other hand, some parents are not so concerned when their… Continue reading Is my newborn baby’s runny stool normal or is it diarrhea?

Baby's First Year · Parenting · Pregnancy

5 great ideas for a baby shower gift

You’re excited to welcome a new baby, and want to choose just the right gift. For the first year of life, babies need to be fed and loved, cuddled and sung to, precious gifts that are difficult to wrap! That means the perfect baby shower gift is one that meets parents’ needs, giving them support… Continue reading 5 great ideas for a baby shower gift

Baby's First Year · Emotional Health · Pregnancy

4 Differences between Baby Blues and Postpartum Depression

It is normal to have mood changes in the days and first weeks following the birth of your baby. Remember…this does not mean that you have or will have postpartum depression or anxiety (PPD/A). Here’s the 4 differences between Baby Blues and Postpartum Depression? 1. How common are baby blues? Baby Blues – Occurs in… Continue reading 4 Differences between Baby Blues and Postpartum Depression

Baby's First Year · Breastfeeding

Breastfeeding: Signs that your baby is swallowing breast milk effectively

As a nurse, many parents express concerns like “My baby seems to be sucking at the breast but I am not sure if he is actually drinking my breast milk”. Often clients show up at the breastfeeding clinic asking for advice about what a good breastfeeding looks like. A good breastfeeding can look very different… Continue reading Breastfeeding: Signs that your baby is swallowing breast milk effectively

Baby's First Year · Parenting

Feeling overwhelmed by parenting choices and decisions? Tips to help.

I wear a few hats; public health nurse, mother, and grandmother just to name a few.  Having two young granddaughters, enables me to look at parenting from a different or outside lens. And what I can see is that parents today seem to be overwhelmed with decisions and choices. There are so many prevailing attitudes… Continue reading Feeling overwhelmed by parenting choices and decisions? Tips to help.

Baby's First Year · Breastfeeding

Breastfeeding: Watch your baby not the clock

During the early days after birth, some babies and mothers need time to learn to breastfeed. Your baby might be sleepy and may need some help to feed. You may need to wake your baby to breastfeed; holding your baby skin-to-skin or changing your baby’s diaper can help to wake your baby. As you baby… Continue reading Breastfeeding: Watch your baby not the clock

Baby's First Year · Parenting · Pregnancy

5 things I learned about having a baby

I’ve worked with pregnant families and in pregnancy programs for over 10 years as a dietitian so, you might assume that I’d feel more than prepared to have a baby of my own. The truth is that even with everything I knew, or everything that I thought I knew, I was often surprised by the… Continue reading 5 things I learned about having a baby

Baby's First Year · Emotional Health · Parenting

Managing stress, anxiety, and depression over the holiday season

As I walked through Costco this past August, I couldn’t help but notice this season’s holiday gear making its way onto the shelves.  Everything from gifts to decorations, cards, and wrapping paper – ‘seriously’ I asked myself?  How can we be thinking of the holidays when we’re still supposed to be soaking up the summer… Continue reading Managing stress, anxiety, and depression over the holiday season