Baby's First Year · Parenting

Things to do with your baby or young child during lockdown

Are you struggling with how to keep your child engaged and healthy during the COVID-19 pandemic? Are you running out of ideas and activities? Here are a few tips to help your day go a little easier: Keep a daily routine.  Children do well when they know what to expect and breaking the day into… Continue reading Things to do with your baby or young child during lockdown

Nutrition · Parenting · Pregnancy

5 Quick & easy sandwich ideas

Other than having leftovers from last night's dinner, sandwiches are my quick way of throwing together a lunch in under 10 minutes. Here are my top 5 go-to sandwiches. I usually try to add some vegetables into my sandwiches. Give them a try! Between 2 slices of whole grain bread, add: A slice of marble… Continue reading 5 Quick & easy sandwich ideas

Nutrition · Parenting · Pregnancy

Vegetable Barley Simmer Recipe

Warm hearty soup for a cold snowy day – need I say more? This recipe meets Canada Food Guide's recommendation to make healthy food choices as it includes vegetables, protein and grain.   It is a great source of: Vitamin A Vitamin C Fibre Iron, and Protein Vegetable Barley Simmer Recipe Ingredients: 2 ½ cups… Continue reading Vegetable Barley Simmer Recipe

Baby's First Year · Parenting · Pregnancy

Fire Safety: The Home Escape Plan

Keeping your child safe is a full-time job as any parent knows. An important part of home safety is your home fire escape plan. Here's Josephine Park, a Firefighter and Public Educator with Toronto Fire Services, to share her expertise and walk us through the steps. As a Firefighter, Public Educator and a mom of… Continue reading Fire Safety: The Home Escape Plan

Baby's First Year · Parenting

Benefits of taking your child on a discovery walk

As a Public Health Nurse working in the Healthy Babies, Healthy Children program, I am asked every day: Is it safe to take my baby outside? My answer is YES, I recommend you go outside for a discovery walk (everyday if you can). Here’s my top 5 benefits of a discovery walk:  Opportunity for new learningBabies… Continue reading Benefits of taking your child on a discovery walk

Baby's First Year · Parenting

Healthy sleep routines for your baby

Have you ever heard the phrase "sleeping like a baby"?  It usually means that the person had a really good sleep. But ask any new parent and they will tell you that most babies don't "sleep like a baby".  Many new parents struggle with helping their baby fall asleep or their baby waking often in… Continue reading Healthy sleep routines for your baby

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A recipe for wellness

These are difficult times and the pandemic is testing our resilience. We are doing things that we may have never done before, such as home schooling, staying away from our family and friends and working from home.  Our routines have changed and we may be feeling that we have no control over what is happening… Continue reading A recipe for wellness

Baby's First Year · Parenting

Baby talk: Let’s get moving with action words

Children expand their vocabulary by hearing the words we use. We tend to be really great at labeling objects (think: "A car! A ball! A puppy!"). But of course, we need other types of words to build sentences. Action words (verbs) are really important for building sentences, but they can be trickier to teach. Here… Continue reading Baby talk: Let’s get moving with action words

Nutrition · Parenting · Pregnancy

Leftover fish? Make fish cakes!

Fish is a healthy choice during pregnancy because it provides essential fats and protein for the brain development of your baby. You can prepare this recipe using almost any fish you like. I prefer using salmon, either leftover filets or canned. I have tried different fish cake recipes over the years. The one that I… Continue reading Leftover fish? Make fish cakes!