As parents and caregivers, you play a vital role in raising a sexually healthy child. You get to be the primary educator to teach your child about healthy sexuality based on your family values and beliefs. Here are our Sexual Health colleagues, Jennifer Paterson & Nancy McAlary, to explain more. Children are curious and have… Continue reading Teaching children about body awareness and consent
Year after year I notice that as soon as Halloween is over, it’s all about the upcoming holiday season. The days get shorter, the sights and sounds of the holiday fill the air. The holidays are considered a time for celebrating and spending time with family and friends. This time of year can also be… Continue reading Feeling stressed during the holidays?
If you’re pregnant and new to Canada, the Canadian Prenatal Nutrition Program (CPNP) may be just right for you! Sarah Aldous, a Public Health Nurse who works in one of the many CPNP programs in Toronto, shares her thoughts below on why she thinks you should join. I help facilitate one of the 36 Toronto… Continue reading Pregnant and new to Canada? Join CPNP for free
With the holiday season fast approaching, it’s a known fact that parties and alcoholic drinks will be a part of the celebrations. But what about drinking alcohol when you’re planning a pregnancy? “If I’m not pregnant yet, is it okay to have just one or two drinks?” When it comes to drinking alcohol and planning… Continue reading Can I drink alcohol if I’m planning a pregnancy or pregnant?
Looking for that perfect holiday treat that everyone will love? If you are like me, a little sweetness helps put an end to a great meal. Close your eyes and imagine this: The smell of cinnamon in the air. Soft fluffy bread with a crunchy layer of deep gold on top. A feeling of… Continue reading Holiday treat: Bread pudding recipe
Having a baby can be a very exciting time but it can also be a time of uncertainty and worry because you are facing a world that is unknown and new to you. I remember when I had my first baby, I had so many mixed emotions and I wanted to do the very best.… Continue reading Resources and support for new parents
The foods you eat help fuel your body with vitamins and minerals. During pregnancy your body is working hard to help your baby grow, therefore it needs additional protein and energy. Eating small frequent meals and snacks during the day will help achieve this goal. Protein and energy will help your baby grow, ensure you… Continue reading Energy bites: A no-bake healthy snack recipe
Finding yourself confused about the safest way to put your baby to sleep? Well, you’re not alone. The fact is, with so many products being advertised to help comfort your baby and put them to sleep, parents/caregivers may feel overwhelmed by the choices. There are many ways to soothe your crying baby which may help… Continue reading Safe sleep tips for your baby
During our nutrition groups, a common question parents ask is “Now that my baby is starting solid food, how can I get them to drink fluids from a cup?” This is an excellent question! Nutrition is dynamic and information changes all the time. Health Canada recommends when introducing solids to your baby around six months… Continue reading Introducing baby to a cup
Did you know that every child in Canada from birth to 18 years has rights? The UN convention on the Rights of the Child lists 54 rights. Our nurse, Michele Antunes, tells us more. November 20 is National Child Day Some examples about Rights of the Child include: You have the right to give your… Continue reading National Child Day – Celebrating kids as experts in Toronto