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

Baby's First Year · Breastfeeding

Breastfeeding: Oversupply or forceful let-down? 10 tips that may help

Do you find your baby comes on and off the breast several times during a feed, leading you to believe that you may not have enough breast milk to satisfy your baby? Is your baby very fussy or cries a lot when trying to breastfeed? While breastfeeding can you hear your baby loudly gulping breast… Continue reading Breastfeeding: Oversupply or forceful let-down? 10 tips that may help

Baby's First Year · Parenting

Baby It’s Cold Outside: 5 places to go with baby when the weather is bad

As a Public Health Nurse, I’m often asked by parents of newborns for ideas of where to go with a newborn for a walk when it is cold outside. In fact, when my daughter was born in winter I asked myself the same question. The easy answer is to go where you are comfortable going.… Continue reading Baby It’s Cold Outside: 5 places to go with baby when the weather is bad

Baby's First Year · Parenting · Pregnancy

Great gifts for babies and toddlers

My favorite gift for a baby or toddler is a book.  Even though my kids are teens now, I still have some of their favorite books from those early days.  Those books have been enjoyed so many times they feel like part of the family! But don’t take my word for it, see for yourself!!… Continue reading Great gifts for babies and toddlers

Baby's First Year · Emotional Health · Parenting

Postpartum depression & infant attachment: What you need to know

Most parents imagine a strong, healthy bonding and attachment phase with their babies after birth.  They are aware that babies need love and attention, as much as they need food, in order to thrive. An infant forms a secure attachment with their caregiver when the caregiver consistently responds to the needs of their infant.  I… Continue reading Postpartum depression & infant attachment: What you need to know

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?