Baby's First Year · Parenting

Increasing the joy in parenting

As a Healthy Babies, Healthy Children (HBHC) Public Health Nurse one of the best parts of my job is to help parents find moments of joy with their infants and children.  Sharing joy and laughter can help parents and babies create a connection that will last a lifetime. Moments of joy may look like: A… Continue reading Increasing the joy in parenting

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Embracing winter activities with your children

What if embracing winter activities was a commitment for parents and not merely a popular trend? Throw aside the TV remote, ignore Netflix, turn off your phones; spend less time on social networks and spend more time outdoors.  Let's get ourselves out the front door! Living in Toronto, we are north of the 79th parallel… Continue reading Embracing winter activities with your children

Baby's First Year · Parenting

First words: The power of play time

Before having my own children, I didn’t enjoy the winter.  However, I quickly realized that once you dress warmly, it's fun to get outside and play like a child again. And…there is so much to talk about! You can make a difference in the way that your child learns their first words. As a Speech-Language… Continue reading First words: The power of play time

Baby's First Year · Parenting

The importance of floor and tummy time

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

Baby's First Year · Parenting

Great minds with small hands: The importance of fine motor skills

  I will never forget the moment my daughter was about 2 months old when she first discovered her hands. She lifted her arms up in front of her face while in her swing and carefully turned her hand as if she was saying "What is this? How do I use it?" From baby's first… Continue reading Great minds with small hands: The importance of fine motor skills

Baby's First Year · Parenting

Let’s play…the dishes can wait!

Have you ever found yourself doing the dishes as your child is tugging away at your pants, along with a sweet smile and voice asking, "play with me, please".  All that runs through your head is "I need to finish the dishes, then, laundry, prepare for the next day…." the list goes on and on.… Continue reading Let’s play…the dishes can wait!