Baby's First Year · Parenting

Gender stereotypes & toys: The impact on children

The holidays are approaching and if there are children on your gift-giving list, there's a chance you are going to be visiting a toy store – where gender stereotypes rule the layout of the store! Here are some tips from our sexual health nurse, Jennifer Katz, RN, to help us navigate through those kids' lists.… Continue reading Gender stereotypes & toys: The impact on children

Baby's First Year · Parenting

Physical activity & children: What’s the connection?

Being physically active is important at any age. The early years (0-4 years old) is an important time to create healthy behaviour and patterns that your child will build on as they grow. Every little bit counts, but, more is better, at every age. We can encourage children to be active for life through developing… Continue reading Physical activity & children: What’s the connection?

Baby's First Year · Parenting

A recipe for praise

As a parenting group facilitator, many parents/caregivers have asked me "will praising my child spoil them or feed their ego?" Actually, praising children nurtures their growing brain with positive attention, love and reinforces that you believe in them while fostering self-motivation in your child. There are key ingredients to praising effectively which apply to both… Continue reading A recipe for praise

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

A safe ride with your child every single time!

Car seats are designed to keep children safe in a car ride when properly installed. According to the 2015 Canadian Motor Vehicle Traffic Collision statistics, there were 2,317 accidental fatalities and injuries in the 0 – 4 years age group. Four out of five car seats are not properly installed Most common mistakes: Vehicle seat… Continue reading A safe ride with your child every single time!

Baby's First Year · Parenting · Pregnancy

Never leave a child unattended in a car: Look before you lock!

It’s a beautiful summer's day and your errand list is endless. You are rushing and you have a lot on your mind. Your child is quietly sleeping in their car seat. You exit the vehicle, taking your valuables, and note where you parked. Did you remember to check the backseat? Every year in Canada, children… Continue reading Never leave a child unattended in a car: Look before you lock!

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Toilet Training – 4 P’s to success!

As a Healthy Babies, Healthy Children Public Health Nurse, parents often tell me they are worried about toilet training.   I have always thought that "toilet training" should be called "toilet learning".  Training implies parents have control over their child's toileting when our kid's bodies are in control! Your child's success with bladder and bowel control… Continue reading Toilet Training – 4 P’s to success!

Baby's First Year · Parenting

Taking baby outside? Be sun safe!

Years ago I had a terrible experience of suffering from second degree sunburns on my entire face after enjoying 2 hours of outdoor activities. It was a sunny afternoon and I didn't feel the heat due to the gentle breeze constantly sweeping over my face. Your baby's skin is far more sensitive and they are… Continue reading Taking baby outside? Be sun safe!

Baby's First Year · Parenting · Pregnancy

Great gifts for babies and toddlers

My favorite gift for a baby or toddler is a book.  Even though my kids are teens now, I still have some of their favorite books from those early days.  Those books have been enjoyed so many times they feel like part of the family! But don't take my word for it, see for yourself!!… Continue reading Great gifts for babies and toddlers