Baby's First Year · Parenting

A safe ride with your child every single time!

Car seats are designed to keep children safe in a car ride when properly installed. According to the 2015 Canadian Motor Vehicle Traffic Collision statistics, there were 2,317 accidental fatalities and injuries in the 0 – 4 years age group. Four out of five car seats are not properly installed Most common mistakes: Vehicle seat… Continue reading A safe ride with your child every single time!

Nutrition · Parenting · Pregnancy

10 ways to eat vegetables and fruits daily

My mom was always telling me to eat my fruits and veggies to stay healthy. She was right.  Read on for 10 suggestions to eat health-promoting vegetables and fruits: How can you eat veggies and fruits daily? Have a fruit at breakfast  You can add your favourite fruit like melons, oranges, or strawberries to your plate beside… Continue reading 10 ways to eat vegetables and fruits daily

Baby's First Year · Parenting · Pregnancy

Never leave a child unattended in a car: Look before you lock!

It’s a beautiful summer’s day and your errand list is endless. You are rushing and you have a lot on your mind. Your child is quietly sleeping in their car seat. You exit the vehicle, taking your valuables, and note where you parked. Did you remember to check the backseat? Every year in Canada, children… Continue reading Never leave a child unattended in a car: Look before you lock!

Parenting · Pregnancy

Having a difficult time getting pregnant? You are not alone.

After becoming a couple in 2012, Peter* and Pooja* had their life planned out for the next few years, including  having their first baby in 2 years after buying their new home.  As soon as she missed her period Pooja became very focussed about buying ovulation kits and completing pregnancy tests, only to find out… Continue reading Having a difficult time getting pregnant? You are not alone.

Parenting

Toilet Training – 4 P’s to success!

As a Healthy Babies, Healthy Children Public Health Nurse, parents often tell me they are worried about toilet training.   I have always thought that “toilet training” should be called “toilet learning”.  Training implies parents have control over their child’s toileting when our kid’s bodies are in control! Your child’s success with bladder and bowel control… Continue reading Toilet Training – 4 P’s to success!

Emotional Health · Parenting

Depression and anxiety in fathers

Becoming a father is a big life change, there are many things to learn and adjust to in your new role.  Along with all the excitement and joy of having a baby, fatherhood may also bring sleepless nights, lack of routine, and unexpected stress between you and your partner. When everyone’s focus is on baby… Continue reading Depression and anxiety in fathers

Parenting

Speaking to children about Pride celebrations

Pride month in Toronto begins June 1st.  Sometimes parents ask advice on what to say to their young children about what Pride celebrations mean. Here’s Jennifer Katz, a Sexual Health Nurse, who shares some great tips for you and your family. When speaking to children about Pride, try to keep in mind that children will… Continue reading Speaking to children about Pride celebrations

Baby's First Year · Parenting

Comforting your crying baby: Swaddling and other tips

As a nurse, many parents have asked me to give them tips on comforting and soothing their crying baby. It can be very frustrating and exhausting for parents to hear their baby cry. If you find your frustration climbing, take a break and ask for help. How can I soothe and comfort my crying baby?… Continue reading Comforting your crying baby: Swaddling and other tips

Baby's First Year · Parenting

Taking baby outside? Be sun safe!

Years ago I had a terrible experience of suffering from second degree sunburns on my entire face after enjoying 2 hours of outdoor activities. It was a sunny afternoon and I didn’t feel the heat due to the gentle breeze constantly sweeping over my face. Your baby’s skin is far more sensitive and they are… Continue reading Taking baby outside? Be sun safe!

Nutrition · Parenting · Pregnancy

Have more veggies and fruit daily to enjoy better health!

They say ‘an apple a day keeps the doctor away’.  They were right.  But, how many veggies and fruits a day? It is recommended that pregnant and breastfeeding women eat about 7-9 servings of vegetables and fruits a day, where one serving of vegetables is about ½ cup, and one serving of fruit is about… Continue reading Have more veggies and fruit daily to enjoy better health!