Baby's First Year · Parenting · Pregnancy

5 great ideas for a baby shower gift

You’re excited to welcome a new baby, and want to choose just the right gift. For the first year of life, babies need to be fed and loved, cuddled and sung to, precious gifts that are difficult to wrap! That means the perfect baby shower gift is one that meets parents’ needs, giving them support… Continue reading 5 great ideas for a baby shower gift

Nutrition · Parenting

Am I feeding my young child enough?

Many parents often ask me if they are feeding their young children the right amount of food. They also have concerns about how their children are growing, often comparing their children to those around them. Children’s growth patterns are different, children of the same age will vary in height and weight, and grow at different… Continue reading Am I feeding my young child enough?

Parenting · Pregnancy

Why be physically active if planning a pregnancy?

Is this the year that you’ve decided to have a baby?  If you’ve answered “Yes!” then it’s a good idea to start planning now to ensure that you and your partner are as healthy as possible. Moderate exercise may help to improve your chances of having a healthy pregnancy & baby. To get started, think… Continue reading Why be physically active if planning a pregnancy?

Nutrition · Parenting · Pregnancy

Boost your protein and fibre with yellow split pea soup

Add some yellow in your soup! In the last 3 months of pregnancy you will need to boost the protein in your food to keep up with your baby’s growth. Adding dried peas in soups is a great way to go especially if you are feeling sick of meat. It is also a way of… Continue reading Boost your protein and fibre with yellow split pea soup

Baby's First Year · Parenting

Feeling overwhelmed by parenting choices and decisions? Tips to help.

I wear a few hats; public health nurse, mother, and grandmother just to name a few.  Having two young granddaughters, enables me to look at parenting from a different or outside lens. And what I can see is that parents today seem to be overwhelmed with decisions and choices. There are so many prevailing attitudes… Continue reading Feeling overwhelmed by parenting choices and decisions? Tips to help.

Emotional Health · Parenting

New to Canada?  Just had a baby and feeling lost and alone?

Maria moved to Toronto six months ago.  She is a new mother of a two month old baby girl.  She and her husband are feeling the stress of a new country, a new baby, and no family to help.  Maria speaks little English and isn’t sure where or how to get help from her new… Continue reading New to Canada?  Just had a baby and feeling lost and alone?

Parenting · Pregnancy

What vaccines do I need when planning a pregnancy?

Getting vaccinated before pregnancy is a safe, effective way to protect you and your baby. It was during my first pregnancy when I found out that I may have come into contact with the chickenpox virus. I had been at my friend’s birthday party. Two days later, I heard some of the kids at the… Continue reading What vaccines do I need when planning a pregnancy?

Baby's First Year · Parenting · Pregnancy

5 things I learned about having a baby

I’ve worked with pregnant families and in pregnancy programs for over 10 years as a dietitian so, you might assume that I’d feel more than prepared to have a baby of my own. The truth is that even with everything I knew, or everything that I thought I knew, I was often surprised by the… Continue reading 5 things I learned about having a baby

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

Nutrition · Parenting · Pregnancy

Quick and easy holiday treats

The holiday season brings me back to some fond childhood memories. The smell of delicious goodies baking in the kitchen and the feeling of joy while eating them.   For me the kitchen is the heart of a home. But that doesn’t mean you need to spend all your time there. During the holidays you want… Continue reading Quick and easy holiday treats