Pregnancy

Birth Plans: What, when and how to create one

In one of our group prenatal programs, someone asked “How can I plan for the birth of my baby”? It sparked a conversation about what a birth plan is, when to write it and how to create one. Here are some ideas to help you create your own plan: What? What kind of birth you… Continue reading Birth Plans: What, when and how to create one

Baby's First Year · Parenting

The Power of Attachment

All parents want the best for their children. We envision a future for them that is full of happiness, success and healthy relationships. But, having a fulfilling relationship may feel like a daunting task and maybe even impossible…when picturing your screaming, tantruming toddler! What if I told you that there is a simple, yet powerful… Continue reading The Power of Attachment

Emotional Health · Pregnancy

Depression during pregnancy – it’s real…get help!

Susan struggled with her mood during pregnancy.  When she first felt herself slipping during the fourth month, she reached for her ‘bag of feel good tricks’.  She posted cheerful photos on Facebook, went for walks outside, cooked dinner, and drank kale smoothies. None of it helped. Although Susan’s husband adored her and was a terrific… Continue reading Depression during pregnancy – it’s real…get help!

Baby's First Year · Parenting · Pregnancy

Parenting isn’t always easy: How can we help?

In my opinion, parenting is one of the toughest and most rewarding things in life.  When I was pregnant I was so worried about labour and birth.  I went to prenatal programs to learn what to eat to keep me and my baby healthy, how to manage my nausea and vomiting, signs of labour, and… Continue reading Parenting isn’t always easy: How can we help?

Baby's First Year · Breastfeeding

Positions and tips for breastfeeding your baby

Breastfeeding families often come to our clinics asking for help positioning their baby while breastfeeding. There are many different positions to try.  These positions vary depending on many factors including your baby’s size, your breast size and shape and if you had a Caesarean birth. Some of these positions are called cross cradle, cradle position,… Continue reading Positions and tips for breastfeeding your baby

Pregnancy

Looking for an online prenatal program?

What if you could access free reliable pregnancy information any time of day, and from anywhere you have an internet connection?  Well, guess what? Toronto Public Health offers a free online prenatal program called Welcome to Parenting that is available to all families living in Toronto. About the program: This convenient and flexible program has… Continue reading Looking for an online prenatal program?

Baby's First Year · Parenting

Play & exploration lead the way to language development

Your baby is experiencing the world using their senses and growing physical ability. A blanket is something they look at, touch, feel and smell. During the first several months of infancy, they explore and experience but are not yet able to describe what they see, hear, feel and smell with real words. Your child is… Continue reading Play & exploration lead the way to language development

Baby's First Year · Breastfeeding · Nutrition

Vitamin D and your baby: What you need to know

Now that it’s getting warm & sunny out you may be asking – does my breastfed baby still need a vitamin D supplement? Yes, even though it’s spring and soon it’ll be summer, it’s still recommended that a breastfed baby under two years old get a vitamin D supplement every day. Though it’s true that the body… Continue reading Vitamin D and your baby: What you need to know

Baby's First Year · Parenting

Vaccine time? Tips to reduce immunization pain

So, over the last few weeks we have been reminded to make sure that our vaccinations are up-to-date. If you’re like me or my kids, getting a needle can be quite an ordeal!  Vaccines may protect children from serious diseases, however, the pain factor can be an issue and affect your child’s experience with vaccination. … Continue reading Vaccine time? Tips to reduce immunization pain