Nutrition · Parenting · Pregnancy

5 ways to add summer squash to your meals

Tired of potato salad this summer….why not try summer squash! Some of the benefits of adding summer squash to your BBQ list: more potassium vitamin C fibre helps you stay hydrated In Ontario, summer squash are available from late spring to early fall, and come in green or yellow colours. If you are still wondering… Continue reading 5 ways to add summer squash to your meals

Baby's First Year · Parenting

A picture is worth a thousand words

A child may find it hard to cope with new situations, routines, or experiences because they do not know what to expect. When this happens, it is common for children to have breakdowns and tantrums. So, how can we prevent these behaviours from happening? How can we help our child understand our expectations? By using… Continue reading A picture is worth a thousand words

Parenting · Pregnancy

Healthy relationships during pregnancy

Whether this is your first or third baby, pregnancy is a start of a new chapter in your life. Throughout pregnancy a number of changes happen to your body and in your family life. For some, these changes take place smoothly, for others it may need a few adjustments. Having the support from someone that… Continue reading Healthy relationships during pregnancy

Baby's First Year · Parenting

What’s so special about being one and a half?

To celebrate turning 1½, all children in Ontario are invited for a special well-baby 18 month checkup with your family doctor or nurse practitioner. This is an exciting stage in your child's growth and learning as they become more independent. Parents need to book this in-depth checkup for two reasons: Now is the ideal time… Continue reading What’s so special about being one and a half?

Nutrition · Parenting · Pregnancy

Top 5 summer nutrition tips

Are you looking forward to the warm summer days just around the corner? Practice eating well this season with these 5 tips: Stay hydrated With the hot weather, outdoor activity, and loss of water through sweat, pregnant and breastfeeding individuals will need more fluids. Pregnant individuals should aim for 10-12 cups of fluid daily and… Continue reading Top 5 summer nutrition tips

Baby's First Year · Emotional Health · Parenting · Pregnancy

Express yourself: Better communication after baby

After a baby, everything seems to be different; from sleeping patterns, to eating habits, and especially how communication happens. As a nurse who works with parents adjusting to life after baby, I've seen countless times how things can keep changing- the good and the not so good. Understanding yourself and getting the support that you… Continue reading Express yourself: Better communication after baby

Nutrition · Parenting · Pregnancy

Eat green: Asparagus salad recipe

Spring is in the air, and this means it's asparagus season. Asparagus is a no fuss vegetable. It is quick and easy to prepare. The less you cook it the more flavorful and crisp it will be. Fresh Ontario asparagus is an excellent source of folate, which supports your expanding blood volume and growing baby… Continue reading Eat green: Asparagus salad recipe

Baby's First Year · Parenting

Celebrating involved fathers

Fathers are on the front lines, taking care of both the physical and emotional needs of their children. Here's Kristine Clarke, Public Health Nurse, to share more on fathering: In my work with parents of young children, I witness many fathers excelling in the role of caregiver.   I see them at the EarlyON Child and… Continue reading Celebrating involved fathers

Baby's First Year · Breastfeeding · Parenting

Breastfeeding groups

When you become a new parent and start breastfeeding you may have questions about how you and your baby are doing. Sometimes you may even feel you are on your own. Would you like to meet or talk with other parents who are going through similar breastfeeding experiences? Are you pregnant and interested in learning… Continue reading Breastfeeding groups

Nutrition · Parenting

Keeping kids healthy

Is nutrition for children different from nutrition for adults? This is a good question that seems to come up often. The fact is, nutrition for children and adults is similar. We all need the same nutrients for optimal health but in different amounts depending on our age. Generally children require smaller amounts of food than… Continue reading Keeping kids healthy