Baby's First Year · Parenting

Benefits of taking your child on a discovery walk

As a Public Health Nurse working in the Healthy Babies, Healthy Children program, I am asked every day: Is it safe to take my baby outside? My answer is YES, I recommend you go outside for a discovery walk (everyday if you can). Here’s my top 5 benefits of a discovery walk:  Opportunity for new learningBabies… Continue reading Benefits of taking your child on a discovery walk

Baby's First Year · Parenting

Baby talk: Let’s get moving with action words

Children expand their vocabulary by hearing the words we use. We tend to be really great at labeling objects (think: "A car! A ball! A puppy!"). But of course, we need other types of words to build sentences. Action words (verbs) are really important for building sentences, but they can be trickier to teach. Here… Continue reading Baby talk: Let’s get moving with action words

Baby's First Year · Parenting

Building resilience: What is it and why is it important?

This is the fourth part of my brain development series. As a quick summary of this series, I've shared: Part One: How the brain develops Part Two:  How to build better brains Part Three: The impact of early life experiences on the brain This last and final part will focus on resilience. "Resilience is not… Continue reading Building resilience: What is it and why is it important?

Baby's First Year · Breastfeeding · Parenting · Pregnancy

Happy World Breastfeeding Week!

In Canada, Breastfeeding Week is celebrated annually on October 1-7th to promote the importance of breastfeeding. This year's theme is "Support breastfeeding for a healthier planet." Breastfeeding contributes to a healthier planet by…. being environmentally friendly, there is no packaging or waste being low cost, convenient and readily available reducing baby's exposure to the effects… Continue reading Happy World Breastfeeding Week!

Baby's First Year · Parenting · Pregnancy

Parenting During a Pandemic

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

Baby's First Year · Parenting

Positive parenting: Ideas to help guide children’s behaviour

Parents of children age birth to 6 years (or any age for that matter), will agree that parenting can be a difficult and challenging time. No matter how well you model behaviour and teach your child, no child can behave the way you want allthe time. 4 Tips to encourage positive behaviour: Make your surroundings… Continue reading Positive parenting: Ideas to help guide children’s behaviour

Baby's First Year · Parenting

Programs for new parents: Where to take your baby in Toronto?

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?