Baby's First Year · Parenting

When children speak more than one language

As a Speech-Language Pathologist, living in a multicultural society like Toronto, it is my role to support parents and encourage them to keep their home language. Parents often ask if it’s ok to expose their child to more than one language when the child has a language delay. The answer- YES! Research shows that babies… Continue reading When children speak more than one language

Nutrition · Parenting

Cookie recipe: A healthy sweet treat for the family

As a dietitian I am often asked “Are cookies healthy – can I have them as a snack?”  A cookie can be a snack option, especially if they are made with whole grain and flaxseeds. What can flaxseeds do for you? These are seeds that are more nutrient-dense than most nuts. They are a rich… Continue reading Cookie recipe: A healthy sweet treat for the family

Breastfeeding · Parenting · Pregnancy

Happy World Breastfeeding Week!

In Canada, Breastfeeding Week is celebrated annually on October 1-7th to promote the importance of breastfeeding. The slogan this year is Breastfeeding: Foundation of Life. Breastfeeding provides the foundation for good health for mothers and babies. Here’s how: Helping the Environment No waste No utilities required No emissions from transport trucks Sustainable Natural source of… Continue reading Happy World Breastfeeding Week!

Parenting · Pregnancy

How long should I wait to have another baby?

Have you already had a child and you’re ready to have another baby?  Even if you’re just thinking about it, spacing your pregnancies is a good idea.  Just how long should you wait before trying again? If you are planning a subsequent pregnancy, it’s best to wait & try again within 18 months to 5… Continue reading How long should I wait to have another baby?

Parenting

Has your child had an eye exam?

Did you know that 80% of children’s learning is gained through their eyes?  However, 1 in 4 school-age children may have a vision problem that makes it difficult to learn. When vision is not clear or does not provide a focused image to the developing brain, it can result in permanent loss of vision in… Continue reading Has your child had an eye exam?

Parenting

Children and divorce: Tips for parents

We can all agree on one thing: children are innocent bystanders when it involves parents separating – it is never their fault. Children need to be protected from conflict during marital breakdown. Last year, I was listening to a broadcast on what a modern divorce can look like, and the commentator’s words resonated with me… Continue reading Children and divorce: Tips for parents

Baby's First Year · Parenting

Looking for help with the cost of child care?

Finding the right child care centre is a big and often stressful decision. You have to consider many things such as location, convenience, quality, and of course cost. Child care in Toronto is expensive, making it hard for many families to afford. Did you know that there is a way to receive help with the… Continue reading Looking for help with the cost of child care?

Parenting · Pregnancy

FASD: What is it?

“I know that it’s not good to drink during pregnancy, but will one small drink hurt my baby?” This is one of the most common questions that I’m asked as a Public Health Nurse. September is Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) month and September 9th has been designated as International Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Awareness… Continue reading FASD: What is it?

Baby's First Year · Nutrition · Parenting

Skip the fad diet to achieve a healthy weight after baby

How do I lose the baby weight? That’s the question I get asked most often when I first see a parent after their baby is born. More recently at a Canada Prenatal Nutrition Program, a new mother asked this exact thing. She wondered how she would ever lose the pregnancy weight if she wasn’t expected… Continue reading Skip the fad diet to achieve a healthy weight after baby