Baby's First Year · Parenting

Play & exploration lead the way to language development

Your baby is experiencing the world using their senses and growing physical ability. A blanket is something they look at, touch, feel and smell. During the first several months of infancy, they explore and experience but are not yet able to describe what they see, hear, feel and smell with real words. Your child is… Continue reading Play & exploration lead the way to language development

Baby's First Year · Parenting

Vaccine time? Tips to reduce immunization pain

So, over the last few weeks we have been reminded to make sure that our vaccinations are up-to-date. If you’re like me or my kids, getting a needle can be quite an ordeal!  Vaccines may protect children from serious diseases, however, the pain factor can be an issue and affect your child’s experience with vaccination. … Continue reading Vaccine time? Tips to reduce immunization pain

Parenting · Pregnancy

We’ve reached a milestone – Pregnancy to Parenting turns ONE!

It’s been a year since Toronto Public Health launched our Pregnancy to Parenting blog. Thank you for following along!  We hope you’ve found our posts interesting and informative. After 12 months, we thought this would be a good time to reflect on where we’re at and what’s to come.  So far, we’ve had 121 posts… Continue reading We’ve reached a milestone – Pregnancy to Parenting turns ONE!

Parenting · Pregnancy

What’s the scoop on men’s health & fertility?

Ready to have a baby?  That’s terrific news!  Did you know that men’s health before conception plays a key role in having a healthy baby? In fact, the evidence is growing regarding the importance of men’s health when it comes to fertility and the baby’s health. It takes about 3 months for sperm to fully… Continue reading What’s the scoop on men’s health & fertility?

Baby's First Year · Nutrition · Parenting

Tofu Berry Whip – A quick and healthy snack

Tofu is a good source of protein and an excellent source of iron and calcium.  It is made from soy, which comes from soybean plants, a type of legume. There are different types of tofu, regular and silken.  Silken is also known as silk tofu and has a thick and creamy texture, though both silken and regular come in… Continue reading Tofu Berry Whip – A quick and healthy snack

Baby's First Year · Parenting

Let’s play…the dishes can wait!

Have you ever found yourself doing the dishes as your child is tugging away at your pants, along with a sweet smile and voice asking, “play with me, please”.  All that runs through your head is “I need to finish the dishes, then, laundry, prepare for the next day….” the list goes on and on.… Continue reading Let’s play…the dishes can wait!

Baby's First Year · Parenting · Pregnancy

Measles and Mumps…oh my!

We have all heard about the recent outbreak of measles and mumps in Toronto. Two doses of MMR vaccine is the best protection against measles and mumps. What is Measles? It’s a super contagious viral infection causing blotchy rashes to the face and body. Symptoms are worst for babies and adults, with some needing hospital… Continue reading Measles and Mumps…oh my!

Baby's First Year · Parenting

Early literacy and reading to your child – How early is early?

One day I was watching TV and flipping through the channels. I saw a toddler reading while the talk show audience sat amazed! This 2.5 year olds reading skills were much better than what we expect. At the time I didn’t have any children, but thought the parents of that child worked very hard to… Continue reading Early literacy and reading to your child – How early is early?

Nutrition · Parenting · Pregnancy

Tuna anyone?  An easy recipe your kids will love!

When I was a kid, my mom used to say that fish was brain food.  I now realize that she was right! Your brain is made up of DHA. That’s docosahexaenoic acid, an omega-3 fat, that is important for the brain, nervous system, and eyes. Fish is the best source of DHA. Fish can also… Continue reading Tuna anyone?  An easy recipe your kids will love!