Baby's First Year · Parenting

I’ve tested positive for COVID-19 and have a new baby at home. What should I do?

Congratulations on your new baby! Having a new baby is exciting but with a diagnosis of COVID-19, it can be very stressful. Based on current information, babies and children do not appear to be at higher risk for getting COVID-19 than adults, and the symptoms and complications of COVID-19 appear to be milder in babies… Continue reading I’ve tested positive for COVID-19 and have a new baby at home. What should I do?

Nutrition

Chia seed pudding- A simple no-bake recipe

Feeling adventurous with food during your pregnancy? Interested in trying something new to jazz up those taste buds…  Why not give chia seeds a chance? Chia seeds are small, oval, dark or pale brown seeds that come from a flowering plant of the mint family. They can be sprinkled over hot or cold cereal, stirred… Continue reading Chia seed pudding- A simple no-bake recipe

Nutrition

Get to know Dietitians!

When you find yourself in need of support with healthy eating, or with raising a healthy eater, where do you look for information? Nutrition information is commonly shared through sources like the internet, social media, family, friends, and other parents. Sometimes, what you hear can be a mix of accurate and misleading information. Or, it… Continue reading Get to know Dietitians!

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

New to Canada & having a baby? Support is available

Imagine moving to a new country, not speaking the language, not having family support, and having a new baby?   This is what many new Canadian families are experiencing in Toronto.   Every day we have new, young families moving to our city who are unfamiliar with the land, language, and resources available to them. Did you… Continue reading New to Canada & having a baby? Support is available

Nutrition · Pregnancy

Canada’s Prenatal Nutrition Program (CPNP)

Congratulations on your pregnancy! This can be a joyous yet overwhelming time for you. You are probably thinking about the many physical changes happening to your body and what's going to come next. Prenatal programs can help answer your questions. Prenatal programs can provide information on: labour and birth prenatal care and services how to… Continue reading Canada’s Prenatal Nutrition Program (CPNP)

Parenting · Pregnancy

Two things parents need to quit smoking

When I used to smoke, I felt ashamed. As a nurse, I knew better. My HBHC clients know it too. They agree when I say, "stopping smoking is the single best thing we can do for our health and our children's health." The challenge is to put our knowledge into action. Vaping is sometimes marketed… Continue reading Two things parents need to quit smoking

Baby's First Year · Breastfeeding

Positioning of baby: A key to successful breastfeeding

Proper positioning of your baby is one of the keys to breastfeeding success. A good position can prevent many breastfeeding problems such as sore nipples and low breast milk supply. There are many different breastfeeding positions to try and some may work better for you depending on your baby's size, your breast size and shape… Continue reading Positioning of baby: A key to successful breastfeeding

Breastfeeding · Nutrition · Pregnancy

Foods to support baby’s brain development

As a dietitian, I’m often asked by pregnant clients what foods they should eat to help their baby’s brain develop. The easy answer is to choose foods high in DHA, a type of omega-3 fat. During pregnancy and breastfeeding, it’s important to get enough DHA. This healthy fat can be your infant’s best friend even… Continue reading Foods to support baby’s brain development

Parenting · Pregnancy

How to search online for health information

How often do you search online for questions about your health? Have you ever wondered: Is bleach safe to use while I'm pregnant? Can hot yoga affect my fertility? Am I going into labour? It is easy to find answers to questions online, but is it information you can trust? Learning how to find reliable… Continue reading How to search online for health information

Baby's First Year

BabyTalkTO: Texts to support baby’s communication development

A common growth and development milestone many new parents and caregivers ask about is baby's communication. Many turn to the web to find out what to expect as baby grows. Knowing where to get reliable information is key to learning how to support baby's development. Communication starts from birth, with crying and eye contact, then… Continue reading BabyTalkTO: Texts to support baby’s communication development