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!

Breastfeeding · Nutrition · Pregnancy

Pregnant & fasting during Ramadan? 10 tips to eat well

The month of Ramadan is a time of fasting for Muslims. What does fasting during Ramadan mean?  It means no food or drink, not even water, during the day.  Every day, fasting starts after sunrise, and ends after sunset.  Many Muslims stay up late into the night and may choose to sleep during the day… Continue reading Pregnant & fasting during Ramadan? 10 tips to eat well

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!

Emotional Health · Parenting

Spread the word – May 3rd is Maternal Mental Health Day

As a Public Health Nurse, I work with women who are dealing with depression or anxiety related to being a new mother.  Here are a couple of direct quotes from new mothers that I’d like to share… “I have to be strong for my kids, I have to prepare everything for them to be healthy… Continue reading Spread the word – May 3rd is Maternal Mental Health Day

Baby's First Year · Nutrition

Introducing milk, what you need to know

Often parents ask questions about introducing milk to their young children.  When to introduce, how much to give, and what kinds of milk are all common questions I hear from parents. Generally, once children are 9 to 12 months old, they can begin to drink cow’s milk.  The reason cow’s milk is not recommended until… Continue reading Introducing milk, what you need to know