Baby's First Year · Parenting

Reading to baby: Get an early start on a lifetime of learning

The time I spend with my kids reading a book is my favourite part of the day. It’s a time where everyone can wind down, snuggle in, explore new adventures and…have fun while learning language! So how early should we start reading to our children? Research shows that in the last 10 weeks of pregnancy,… Continue reading Reading to baby: Get an early start on a lifetime of learning

Baby's First Year · Pregnancy

What is delayed umbilical cord clamping?

A common question from expectant parents in our prenatal program is "when is the best time to cut/clamp baby's umbilical cord?" During pregnancy, the umbilical cord helps move blood, oxygen and nutrients to your growing baby. Shortly after baby is born, their umbilical cord is clamped. Research shows that clamping the umbilical cord at different… Continue reading What is delayed umbilical cord clamping?

Breastfeeding · Parenting

Can I breastfeed if my baby is teething?

Your baby's first teeth will usually begin to appear between 8 to 12 months. Some signs that your baby is teething include: Increased drooling Swollen gums A tooth visible below the gum Irritability Trouble sleeping Trying to bite, chew, and suck on everything Rubbing her face Rejecting food or breastfeeding Remember: High fever, severe diarrhea… Continue reading Can I breastfeed if my baby is teething?

Baby's First Year · Emotional Health · Parenting

Are you ready to start exercising after having your baby?

Do you think of exercise and immediately picture a fitness centre with complicated machines and impossibly hard, high tempo exercise classes?   This can be scary for anyone, let alone a new parent who is isn’t sleeping well and adjusting to life with a new baby. Exercise doesn't have to be difficult, it can be built… Continue reading Are you ready to start exercising after having your baby?

Baby's First Year · Parenting

Common vision problems in children

The Ontario Association of Optometrists recommends that children have their first eye exam at 6 months of age and again at 2-3 year of age and every year after that. In Ontario, eye exams for all children 19 years old and under are covered by OHIP. As recommended I took my 3 year old daughter… Continue reading Common vision problems in children

Baby's First Year · Breastfeeding · Parenting

Cannabis use while breastfeeding

Cannabis is now legal to use in Ontario for people 19 years and older (age may be different in other provinces across Canada). However just because it is legal does not mean it is safe to use while breastfeeding. Cannabis contains many ingredients, the main psychoactive component being tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). It is safest to not… Continue reading Cannabis use while breastfeeding

Emotional Health · Parenting

Does having a postpartum mood disorder affect my child?

Ever wonder if babies and older children know their parent is feeling depressed or anxious? Having a postpartum mood disorder affects not only one parent, but the whole family. Children are able to notice when a parent is acting differently by picking up on changes in routine and everyday behavior. These changes could be: looking… Continue reading Does having a postpartum mood disorder affect my child?

Breastfeeding · Pregnancy

Can I still breastfeed my baby while pregnant?

Congratulations on your pregnancy! Many new parents want to know if it is safe to breastfeed when they are pregnant. You may worry that breastfeeding will hurt your unborn baby and that it will interfere with your pregnancy. You may wonder will I have enough milk for my older child and can I breastfeed two… Continue reading Can I still breastfeed my baby while pregnant?

Pregnancy

Health risks of cannabis use during pregnancy

The government of Canada legalized cannabis on Oct 17, 2018. Does this mean that it’s safe to use cannabis during pregnancy? Some people have reported that using cannabis during pregnancy helps to manage morning sickness. However, due to the potential risks to the pregnancy, unborn baby and mother, safer approaches should be discussed with a health… Continue reading Health risks of cannabis use during pregnancy

Breastfeeding · Parenting · Pregnancy

Happy World Breastfeeding Week!

In Canada, Breastfeeding Week is celebrated annually on October 1-7th to promote the importance of breastfeeding. The slogan this year is Breastfeeding: Foundation of Life. Breastfeeding provides the foundation for good health for mothers and babies. Here's how: Helping the Environment No waste No utilities required No emissions from transport trucks Sustainable Natural source of… Continue reading Happy World Breastfeeding Week!