Baby's First Year · Parenting · Pregnancy

Emergency Birth Control

Studies show more than 50% of pregnancies in Canada are not planned. With this in mind, have you thought about your reproductive life plan? Perhaps you have decided that you are not ready for a pregnancy just now …but then, life throws you a surprise.  For example, in the heat of the moment, you and… Continue reading Emergency Birth Control

Nutrition · Parenting · Pregnancy

Mixed bean salad using non-perishable foods

Non-perishable foods, also known as "shelf-stable" foods, are foods that can be safely stored at room temperature. In other words, they can stay on the shelf instead of in the refrigerator or the freezer, such as canned foods and dried pasta. Many canned products can last up to a year on your shelf and are… Continue reading Mixed bean salad using non-perishable foods

Baby's First Year · Breastfeeding

Where to get breastfeeding support during the COVID-19 pandemic

Just had a baby and not sure where you can go for breastfeeding support?  So many services have changed due to COVID-19.  Some clinics have closed and others are only offering virtual services. Toronto Public Health is offering telephone and virtual breastfeeding support by video call if needed. If you would like a Public Health… Continue reading Where to get breastfeeding support during the COVID-19 pandemic

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

Let’s Talk!

On January 28, 2021 Canadians are being encouraged to talk about their mental health. We are facing challenges that we have never faced before.  From social distancing to lockdowns, fear of becoming sick to fear of losing loved ones.  When it comes to mental health, now more than ever, every action counts. Some stress and… Continue reading Let’s Talk!

Baby's First Year · Parenting

Things to do with your baby or young child during lockdown

Are you struggling with how to keep your child engaged and healthy during the COVID-19 pandemic? Are you running out of ideas and activities? Here are a few tips to help your day go a little easier: Keep a daily routine.  Children do well when they know what to expect and breaking the day into… Continue reading Things to do with your baby or young child during lockdown

Nutrition · Parenting · Pregnancy

5 Quick & easy sandwich ideas

Other than having leftovers from last night's dinner, sandwiches are my quick way of throwing together a lunch in under 10 minutes. Here are my top 5 go-to sandwiches. I usually try to add some vegetables into my sandwiches. Give them a try! Between 2 slices of whole grain bread, add: A slice of marble… Continue reading 5 Quick & easy sandwich ideas

Nutrition · Parenting · Pregnancy

Vegetable Barley Simmer Recipe

Warm hearty soup for a cold snowy day – need I say more? This recipe meets Canada Food Guide's recommendation to make healthy food choices as it includes vegetables, protein and grain.   It is a great source of: Vitamin A Vitamin C Fibre Iron, and Protein Vegetable Barley Simmer Recipe Ingredients: 2 ½ cups… Continue reading Vegetable Barley Simmer Recipe

Baby's First Year · Parenting · Pregnancy

Fire Safety: The Home Escape Plan

Keeping your child safe is a full-time job as any parent knows. An important part of home safety is your home fire escape plan. Here's Josephine Park, a Firefighter and Public Educator with Toronto Fire Services, to share her expertise and walk us through the steps. As a Firefighter, Public Educator and a mom of… Continue reading Fire Safety: The Home Escape Plan

Baby's First Year · Parenting

Benefits of taking your child on a discovery walk

As a Public Health Nurse working in the Healthy Babies, Healthy Children program, I am asked every day: Is it safe to take my baby outside? My answer is YES, I recommend you go outside for a discovery walk (everyday if you can). Here’s my top 5 benefits of a discovery walk:  Opportunity for new learningBabies… Continue reading Benefits of taking your child on a discovery walk

Baby's First Year · Parenting

Healthy sleep routines for your baby

Have you ever heard the phrase "sleeping like a baby"?  It usually means that the person had a really good sleep. But ask any new parent and they will tell you that most babies don't "sleep like a baby".  Many new parents struggle with helping their baby fall asleep or their baby waking often in… Continue reading Healthy sleep routines for your baby