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Prenatal Yoga

Congratulations! You’re pregnant! It is an exciting time in your life, whether it is your first pregnancy or you are a seasoned pro. With all the excitement also comes changes and uncertainty.

Baby-Proofing Your Nursery

Bookcases, armoires, chest of drawers, change tables and all large pieces of furniture should be anchored to the wall to prevent them from tipping over and falling on top of baby.

Baby Fever

Finding yourself being hit with the urge to buy something – anything – for your baby-to-be? Sounds like you’ve been hit with a bad case of baby fever.

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Umbilical Cord Blood Banking

More and more expectant parents are banking their newborn babies’ cord blood these days. What is this new technology all about? What is Cord blood? After a baby is delivered, the umbilical cord is clamped and cut. In the remaining cord and placenta, there is still about 100 mL of fetal blood. This “left-over” blood […]

The Name Game

A few things to keep in mind when choosing a name for your baby. Sound and Compatibility – How your baby’s name sounds when it’s said aloud is one of the most essential things to think about. Is it melodious? Harsh? Does it go well with your surname? Often, longer first names work better with […]

What Do Doulas Do?

A Birth Doula understands the physiology of birth and the emotional needs of a woman in labour.  She assists the woman and her partner in preparing for and carrying out her plans for birth. She provides continuity of care, emotional support, physical comfort measures, an objective viewpoint. She helps the woman and her partner obtain […]

Prenatal Yoga

Congratulations! You’re pregnant! It is an exciting time in your life, whether it is your first pregnancy or you are a seasoned pro. With all the excitement also comes changes and uncertainty. Your body is changing, your emotional and mental states have become inconsistent waves rolling across the mind. Spiritually, you feel lost in a […]

Making Homemade Baby Food

It is easy to make your own baby food. You can use the same healthy foods that you feed your family. Homemade baby food is healthy for your baby. It also: saves you money; lets your baby try a greater variety of foods; helps your baby get used to different textures and tastes; and lets […]

When you don’t feel so well

Nausea and Vomiting Many pregnant women feel sick from time to time. It often happens in the first few months of pregnancy. It may be the changes in your hormone levels that cause you to feel sick. Try these ideas to help you feel better: 1) Eat several small meals each day rather than three […]

Have an alcohol-free pregnancy

The safest choice for you and your baby is not to drink any alcohol during your pregnancy. This article has recipes for delicious non-alcoholic drinks, also called Mocktails. Try some out. If you don’t have some of the ingredients on hand, make up your own recipes. Share your favourites with family and friends. Pregnant women […]

Baby-Proofing Your Nursery

Bookcases, armoires, chest of drawers, change tables and all large pieces of furniture should be anchored to the wall to prevent them from tipping over and falling on top of baby. DO NOT hang artwork or shelves above the crib or change table. If you are using a nightlight make sure that it remains cool […]

Benefits Of Swaddling Your Baby

There are many benefits to swaddling your baby, but incorrect swaddling can lead to serious health problems like hip dysplasia. Follow our tips to avoid these risks and get the most out of swaddling your baby. After years of encouraging parents to use swaddling as a way to calm infants, pediatricians are cautioning them against […]

Baby Fever

Finding yourself being hit with the urge to buy something – anything – for your baby-to-be? Sounds like you’ve been hit with a bad case of baby fever – a condition that tends to run rampant among mothers-to-be and that can be almost impossible to cure until your bank account runs dry and/or your credit […]

Baby Body Language: The Basics

Your baby didn’t come packaged with an owner’s manual, but her body language can tell you plenty, including what she wants and needs from you. Some of those early body signals are hard-wired — more instinctual than intentional — but as grows little older she’ll use her body language to communicate a whole lot more. […]

Help Your Baby Be a Healthy Eater

Bring your baby to the table to join in at family mealtimes. Babies learn by watching others. Keep mealtimes pleasant. It is best if there are no toys or television to distract your baby. Talk to your baby quietly and encourage him while he is eating. Do not pressure your baby to eat. This can […]

Tips Before Childbirth

Here are some great childbirth tips which can help you have the best possible birth. I used these things to prepare for the birth of my 5th child. I implemented all of these ideas at the end of my pregnancy, and ended up having the best labor and delivery experience of all five of my […]

How To Avoid Constipation During Pregnancy

It is Murphy’s law that just when you are able to get food into your body without having it come back up, that you suddenly find you cannot get the food out of your body.  Nearly half of all the women who are pregnant suffer from constipation during pregnancy. As with all symptoms of pregnancy […]

Bloody Good Science

A Life-Line for a Lifetime Umbilical cords are routinely thrown away every day. Most parents don’t realize that the blood left in the umbilical cord contains stem cells that have been used successfully to treat more than 45 different medical disorders. Gradually more Canadian parents are choosing to store their baby’s cord blood stem cells. […]

What To Feed Your Baby From 6 To 9 Months

Your baby needs iron for good health. Continue to breastfeed and provide the extra iron that your baby needs by offering her the iron-rich foods. Feed your baby at regular times. Include her at family mealtimes. Talk to her gently. Start your baby on pureed foods. Next, move to lumpy, mashed foods. As your baby […]

Starting Solid Foods at Six Months

Since birth, your baby has been growing on breast milk. At six months old, breast milk is still the most important food but the time has come to add solid foods. Extra iron is needed at six months. Solid foods provide a variety of nutrients, flavours, and textures for your baby. How do I tell […]

Baby Shower Games

Bottoms up: Get 5 little plastic babies (in the cake decorating department). Put them in a cup. Each guests get three “rolls” as they try to get the babies to land with their bottoms up. The player with the most bottoms up after three rolls wins or faces off in tie. Cotton Balls: Put about […]

Choosing a Carrier

Most parents find a baby carrier to be invaluable during the first year of their baby’s life. There are many types and styles to choose from. The different types of baby carriers fall into three main categories: slings, front packs and backpacks. Slings These are made of fabric and are available in a wide variety […]

Postpartum Depression vs. Baby Blues

What are the signs of postpartum depression vs. simple “baby blues” (a.k.a. the “postpartum blues”)? The “baby blues” (a.k.a. the “postpartum blues”) typically peak four to five days after you give birth and fade away around the tenth day postpartum, as your body makes the hormonal transition from a pregnant to a non-pregnant state. While […]

Basics of Baby Teeth and Teething

Many people are not aware that prevention of dental diseases can be started as soon as a child is born. From the seventh to the ninth (last) months of pregnancy, the primary baby teeth are just about to be fully formed in the bone. Development of permanent teeth begins at birth. Even before the teeth […]

Baby Wearing – One Mom’s Experience

When I became a mom, something magical happened. An inner strength and desire to protect, love and nurture rose up within me. Desires, dreams and fears awakened in my heart that once lay dormant. I felt fit for the task and excited for the adventure of motherhood that stretched out ahead me. When my relatives […]

Signing with Baby

Often I’m asked “What is the optimal age to introduce signs to our baby?”. I tell families I started signing with Joshua and Sabrina when they were 6 months…but now, knowing what I know, I would start much earlier…from birth. Babies have the motor skills to sign back between 8 and 11 months, typically when […]