Baby's First Year · Parenting

Programs for new parents: Where to take your baby in Toronto?

When you're a new parent it may be difficult to know where to go with your baby. Maybe you are looking to go out somewhere that's baby friendly.  Or maybe you are thinking about going to a place to meet other new parents and learn more about parenting or baby's growth & development. As a… Continue reading Programs for new parents: Where to take your baby in Toronto?

Parenting · Pregnancy

Medication use when planning a pregnancy

Are you are planning to have a baby or maybe you're just thinking about it and wondering whether the medication you are taking is safe? This is especially important if you have a health condition such as diabetes or high blood pressure  when it is necessary to take medication even when you become pregnant. Making… Continue reading Medication use when planning a pregnancy

Breastfeeding · Parenting

Breastfeeding your baby in an emergency

Emergencies often occur when least expected, when we are least prepared and with no time to plan. Every emergency is different and can include a wide range of unsettling events. They can be the result of natural disasters such as a blizzard, floods or earthquake. Your family could be left without electricity, clean drinking water… Continue reading Breastfeeding your baby in an emergency

Baby's First Year · Parenting

Creating a healthy eating environment for your children

Your children's mealtime environment depends on where they are having their meals and snacks. It is very important to create a healthy and positive eating environment when having meals at home. So how do you create a positive and healthy eating environment for your child at home? Tips to provide a healthy eating environment for… Continue reading Creating a healthy eating environment for your children

Nutrition · Parenting · Pregnancy

Hearty Lentil, Tomato & Tofu Soup

Winter is here! Nothing beats the winter months like a warm bowl of homemade soup. One of the things I love about soups are the variety of flavours and textures they offer, from spicy to creamy and chunky ones. You can add or substitute meat or poultry with plant-based sources of protein like beans, lentils and… Continue reading Hearty Lentil, Tomato & Tofu Soup

Parenting · Pregnancy

Chronic hypertension and planning for a baby

Several families have asked me how high blood pressure (also known as hypertension) can affect their plan to have a baby. When a person has higher than normal blood pressure for a long period of time, it is known as chronic hypertension. Planning the best time to have a baby can be different for each… Continue reading Chronic hypertension and planning for a baby

Baby's First Year · Emotional Health · Nutrition · Parenting · Pregnancy

Healthy holiday tips: It’s more than the foods we eat

The "most wonderful time of the year" often comes with the most wonderful foods to eat. One of my favourite foods to eat during the holidays is my mother's pepperpot. It's a traditional beef stew cooked with spices like cinnamon, thyme and hot pepper. My grandmother taught my mother how to make this dish. This… Continue reading Healthy holiday tips: It’s more than the foods we eat

Baby's First Year · Emotional Health · Parenting

Postpartum Depression – it’s not your fault!

Most of us think that having a baby will be the happiest time in our lives; however not everyone feels joy or that "love at first sight" feeling. Feelings of guilt, sadness, stress, or anxiety can affect the early weeks and months of parenthood which can make it hard to enjoy a new baby. I've… Continue reading Postpartum Depression – it’s not your fault!

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