Heat-related illnesses can be very serious. With another summer heatwave on the way, it's important to make a plan to keep your family cool and healthy. Infants, young children and pregnant individuals are at higher risk for heat-related illness, especially if they are dehydrated. Here are some tips to help your family Beat the Heat:… Continue reading Keep cool in the summer heat
Have you heard about or are you affected by the infant formula shortage in Canada? Thankfully, there's no shortage of regular infant formula here. But if you're a family that requires specialty formula, for a baby with an allergy or specific medical condition, you may be struggling to find what you need. So why is… Continue reading What to do if you’re impacted by the infant formula shortage
Looking for support for your child's speech and language development? Does your newborn baby need a hearing screen? Do you have a child with permanent hearing loss, low vision or blindness? As of April 2022, the Toronto Preschool Speech and Language, Blind-Low Early Intervention and Infant Hearing Programs have moved from Early Abilities at Toronto… Continue reading Early Abilities programs have moved to Surrey Place
Before a child can communicate using speech and spoken words, they need to hear the sounds and words we use. If a child has an undetected hearing loss, they may miss certain sounds and words in speech, causing a spoken language delay. The Infant Hearing Program provides free Universal Newborn Hearing Screening for all babies… Continue reading What is a newborn hearing screen – and does my baby need one?
Being pregnant and giving birth in a new country can be exciting, stressful and scary at the same time. Prenatal care, birth practices, and traditions surrounding the birth of your baby can differ from country to country. Many individuals face challenges adjusting to their new country. For example, language barriers, employment, financial worries and lack… Continue reading Giving birth in a new land
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
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
Congratulations on your new baby! Having a new baby is exciting but with a diagnosis of COVID-19, it can be very stressful. Based on current information, babies and children do not appear to be at higher risk for getting COVID-19 than adults, and the symptoms and complications of COVID-19 appear to be milder in babies… Continue reading I’ve tested positive for COVID-19 and have a new baby at home. What should I do?
When you're a new parent it may be difficult to know where to go with your baby. Maybe you are looking to go out somewhere that's baby friendly. Or maybe you are thinking about going to a place to meet other new parents and learn more about parenting or baby's growth & development. As a… Continue reading Programs for new parents: Where to take your baby in Toronto?
What is skin-to-skin? Skin-to-skin contact means holding your baby against your bare chest or tummy. It has many health benefits for both you and your baby. Babies: breastfeed better cry less and are calmer stay warmer have better blood sugar levels Mothers*: breastfeed more easily learn when your baby is getting hungry bond more with… Continue reading Skin-to-skin: The healthiest place to begin