When your baby lets a number two slip during their evening dip, here’s how to avoid turning bathtime into a game of hot potato. The first time it happened, I’ll admit I laughed. The tiny rumble, the flurry of bubbles and, best of all, the sheepish grin as my six-month-old let out a burst of
When my husband and I brought our daughter home from the hospital, our entire condo kitchen quickly became devoted to cleaning, sterilizing and prepping our daughter’s bottles. There was no room left for us to do any meal prep for ourselves—not that we had the time or energy to cook anyway. Just as we had
Canadian paediatricians have updated their rules about how to promote early literacy and they’re a reassuring pat on the back for new parents. If you’re at home with your baby, you’re probably not hugely worried about abstract things like literacy quite yet, as you grapple with more immediate issues like feeding, crying and how to
We can’t guarantee your baby will sleep through the night (there’s a huge age range for that!), but these nine nursery tips will help set them up for a successful slumber. When you’re designing a nursery, it’s fun to focus on the aesthetics, scanning Instagram and Pinterest for just the right paint colours, decals and
Toilet training is my favourite game-changer milestone. I still get a thrill when I think about The Day the Diaper Genie Left the Building. This stage was one of the tougher (wetter and smellier) ones to get through, taking about six months longer than the three-day weekend I envisioned. But the end result was well
Here’s the latest research on lulling your baby to sleep with white noise and sound machines. (Also, what the heck is pink noise?) Ever since we sleep-trained our first baby, I’ve been a white noise advocate—even packing our white noise machines for both kids when we fly across the country to visit family, and making
Dry winter months call for a bathtime routine that takes extra special care to protect your newborn’s skin barrier. Your baby’s oh-so-fresh skin is actually super delicate—it’s up to 30 percent thinner than an adult’s skin and it loses moisture quickly. This is especially true in the dry winter months when the humidity level drops
Ever wonder why your child does certain things, as though by instinct? Here are some primitive reflexes your little one has already developed. It’s a moment captured on countless cameras: You touch your newborn baby’s tiny palm and he grasps onto your finger with surprising strength, like he intends to never let you go. Maybe
With six weeks to go until her due date, Leah Cardin, a teacher in Burlington, Ont., was feeling confident in her birth plan. Her first labour, in 2017, had gone smoothly, and she hoped to have another positive experience with minimal interventions while delivering her second baby, who was due in April 2020. But then
Many parents and paediatricians swear by it, yet some maternity-ward nurses tell new moms and dads that it’s too dangerous to try at home. What gives? When Melissa Romain had her first baby at a Toronto hospital in 2016, the nurses demonstrated how to swaddle him and encouraged her to continue doing it at home.
Spoiler alert: things will change. When Natasha McCormick went to the doctor to check on some unusual symptoms she’d been having, she was shocked to find out she was pregnant. “When the test came back positive, my husband and I were speechless,” says the now mom of five from Wiikwemkoong Unceded Territory on Manitoulin Island,
You knew your baby needed wholesome, nutritious food to grow, but did you know that what they eat also helps their brain develop? “The first 1,000 days of life, from conception until age two, are the most important for brain development,” says Molly Schoo, clinical dietitian, NICU, Paediatrics and Obstetrics at Mississauga Hospital. After introducing
We’ve got the most genius hack to get babies to take their medicine. It’s so simple you will cry–with joy. Photo: iStock How many times have you struggled to get the medicine into your baby? The trouble is, once they catch on to what you’re trying to do, many babies refuse to take the dose.
“When you were born at 27 weeks, I was terrified. But after I held you for the first time our bodies synced, you erased all my fears and the chaos around us disappeared.” Dear Cruz, On the morning of January 11, 2015, I took a photo of my growing belly sticking out of my onesie.
Your little one can’t tell you his ear is aching. Here are the ear infection symptoms to watch out for and how to help soothe your baby’s pain. Any adult who has had an ear infection knows how painful it can be—all the more reason why it hurts to see your baby with one. Unfortunately,
Bathing a floppy infant and a splashy toddler at the same time can be twice as cute as solo bath time—but it isn’t easy. Here’s what you should—and shouldn’t—do to make sure it’s safe. Of all the things I worried about with having two kids close in age, being alone with them at the same
My husband and I are on our honeymoon. We’re clinking spoons of gelato under a Mediterranean sun and remarking with pride how we have never been in a fight. No couple has ever been so compatible, so agreeable, so… naïve. Fast forward one year, and we’re threatening divorce because the dishwasher hasn’t been loaded properly.
Turns out, “sleeping like a baby” doesn’t necessarily mean peace and quiet. Are all these grunts, snores and snuffles normal? Do you remember the sound of that first delivery-room wail? Then there’s the first adorable little sneeze, that first successful burp, those sweet coos, and eventually the first giggle—this is the soundtrack of newborn life.
Earlier this year, my new baby girl finally got to meet her grandma for the first time. I handed her over to Omi, and grabbed my camera in order to capture this momentous occasion, which had been put off for months due to COVID-19 restrictions where we live in Regina, Sask. But there would be
For some, the pumpkin spice latte is life. For us, the literal pumpkin is life—specifically, the first year of life as a parent. Have you seen this weird internet trend: Halloween pumpkins giving birth? Apparently it’s a thing. So, obviously we decided to illustrate the joys of parenthood through, well, pumpkins. Welcome to the strangest article ever written.