Worried about the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on your child's growth and development? Our nurse Allison Stockley has written a four part series on the importance of the early years. Here is part one on growth and development. The pandemic has many families feeling like life has slowed way down, sped up, or that… Continue reading Checking in on your child’s development
All parents and caregivers of children under 6 years old deserve a medal for having coped with these months of lock down. Explaining to a young child why we are doing things so differently - in a way that they understand and without frightening them - is so important. Emotional well-being is as important as… Continue reading Parenting During a Pandemic
Many of the parents I work with as a Healthy Babies Healthy Children nurse find they have anxious feelings as they try to make informed choices for their child and their family. It's normal to worry. And there is something you can do about it. As a parent, you can recruit a team to support… Continue reading Drafting your parenting team
Put my baby on the floor? Yes! Actually, putting baby on the floor and getting down to baby's level for undistracted play time can: Increase your baby's physical activity. Support your baby's growth and development. Increase your baby's confidence. Increase your baby's physical activity Placing baby on the floor is the best way for baby… Continue reading The importance of floor and tummy time
Now…your baby's officially entitled to the Enhanced 18 Month Well Baby Visit. As a nurse, I often see parents who attend our parenting programs amazed by the growth & development their baby has experienced over the last 1.5 years! Look at all the great things your child is doing at 18 months: walking, saying 20… Continue reading My baby is almost 18 months old – now what?
Your baby is quickly growing up and is not afraid to show you what they like and dislike. You're trying to feed your baby their favourite food but decides to spit it out on the floor. Or you're trying to change them but their twists and turns creates a challenge to fasten the diaper. You go into the… Continue reading How do I know my baby is growing well – at 9 to 12 months?
Your baby is growing so fast that you can't believe the things she can do. She is learning to think and solve problems; for example when a toy drops she looks to see where it went. She is doing more with her body on her own like trying to crawl or bum shuffle. She is… Continue reading How do I know my baby is growing well – 6 to 9 months?
Baby's been at home now for a few months. You've noticed that he is doing something new every day. When you make a funny face, he either smiles or cries, grabs at your face or other objects to play. He is even trying to turn from his tummy onto his back -- always make sure… Continue reading How do I know my baby is growing well – at 3 to 6 months?