Canada Babies

Give Premature Babies A Chance To Experience Life And Hope

Rachel Schrader | Posted 11.17.2016 | Canada Parents
Rachel Schrader

My thumb covered his entire hand. There he was, my brand new nephew -- yet it was heartbreaking to see him for the first time. Tubes and wires surrounded Aidan's tiny body as he lay in his incubator. Weighing only 1.96 pounds, he was fighting for his life.

This Baby's Grouchy Face Is Still The Cutest

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 11.11.2016 | Canada Parents

A grumpy face to end all grumpy faces.

Why Canada Needs A Universal Child Care Program

Workopolis | Posted 11.07.2016 | Canada Parents
Workopolis

Two-parent Canadian families spend nearly a quarter of their income on child care, according to a 2016 Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development report. That puts Canada among the most expensive countries for child care within this group of 35 wealthy countries. Single parents in Canada face an even tougher situation, spending nearly a third of their income on child care.

When Babies Are Left At Construction Sites

Ranjani Iyer Mohanty | Posted 10.17.2016 | Canada Impact
Ranjani Iyer Mohanty

It's not an uncommon image in urban India: a toddler -- dusty, tear-stained face, wearing ragged clothing, sitting alone at a construction site.

I'm Relieved We Paid Attention To Our Growing Baby's Head Shape

Sarah Schultz | Posted 09.27.2016 | Canada Parents
Sarah Schultz

It was becoming evident in photos of our baby that his forehead was very round and protruding, and his temples looked "pinched" into his head. He also had a very marked flat spot on the back right side of his long and narrow head shape. I brought up my concerns, and I was told not to worry about it. But I did.

Jennifer Aniston Isn't The Only One Feeling Societal Pressure To Have A Baby

Deepi Harish | Posted 09.02.2016 | Canada Living
Deepi Harish

Society doesn't just pressure Aniston, this is the case for millennial women, specifically South Asian millennial women, like myself. A handful of my female friends and I fit into the following category: we're in our 30s, independent, outgoing, have careers, side interests and side hustles, but we can't seem to find a life partner that will truly be our ride or die.

One Day I Will Miss Every Frustrating Parenting Moment

Vanessa Heron | Posted 06.22.2016 | Canada Parents
Vanessa Heron

I know there are going to be many, many more hard moments when I ask myself how much longer a certain behaviour of my children's is going to last. But with each of those hard moments that I want to end, there are a dozen precious moments that I want to hold onto for a lifetime.

A Baby Changes Your Life - And Your Sleep

Mike Gettis | Posted 11.22.2016 | Canada Parents
Mike Gettis

When a woman is pregnant, she's constantly reminded to cherish her sleeping hours while she can. My wife Noelle was told of what seemed like endurance experiments involving no sleep combined with non-stop feeding, diaper changes, constant laundry and hosting visits from well-meaning friends and relatives.

Airplane Travel Tips For Expectant Moms

Posted 05.16.2016 | Canada Parents

Whether you’re on a red eye flight or a quick hour-long jaunt, here are four tips to help you and your tiny passenger along the way.

'Just Wait' Is Parenting Advice I'll Happily Ignore

Jean Lomas-Hamilton | Posted 05.10.2016 | Canada Parents
Jean Lomas-Hamilton

It's an interesting phenomenon among parents, this "just wait." What will happen if all I ever do is look out for the perils that lie ahead? I'll wait and wait and wait and then these precious years will be over. And in waiting in fear of what's next, I'll have missed the process of actually getting there.

The Benefits Of Baby-Led Weaning Are Worth The Effort

Jennifer Carlson | Posted 05.04.2016 | Canada Parents
Jennifer Carlson

Have you heard of baby-led weaning (BLW)? The formal term is given to the practice of skipping purees for baby and going straight to "real" food they can feed themselves. Personally, the idea of skipping the pureed stage and offering my six-month-old baby finger foods sounded terrifying.

How To Introduce Your Pet To Your Baby

Melanie Braga | Posted 10.25.2016 | Canada Parents
Melanie Braga

When my husband and I moved into a place of our own, we knew that we wanted to share our lives with a furry family member. We decided that adopting a cat would be the best option for us. We adopted our cat, Lily (6 years old), from a humane society in 2009 and she instantly brought great joy to us. As soon as we got the news of a baby entering our lives, we knew we had to start early in teaching Lily that a new family member will be joining us. Here's how we did it.

From One Mom To Another: The Gift Of Perspective Is Everything

Kathryn Streeter | Posted 04.14.2016 | Canada Parents
Kathryn Streeter

As you gain distance from the early days of babies and toddlers, preschool and elementary school, from this place above the trees you can finally see. Like that mama bird sitting up high in the tree, you stand now as a humble mom of 17 years, better able to discern where you've been and where you're going.

Stop Saying These Things To Pregnant Women

Posted 04.11.2016 | Canada Parents

20 questions every expectant mother has heard time and time again (and again and again).

Stop Making Sexist Career Suggestions For My Baby

Jean Lomas-Hamilton | Posted 03.23.2016 | Canada Parents
Jean Lomas-Hamilton

"Look at her kick those legs! She's going to be a dancer when she grows up!" It's an innocent enough comment, and I know it's mostly just a way to make conversation, but it's really starting to irk me. I think it has to do with the sexist assumptions embedded in these kinds of statements.

15 Videos Of Laughing Babies ('Nuff Said)

Posted 03.14.2016 | Canada Parents

Baby Videos: There are literally thousands of them online and all of them brighten our days. After much deliberation (and chuckling), we’ve gathered...

5 Lessons Play Dates Have Taught Me About Life

Tara Mandarano | Posted 02.01.2016 | Canada Parents
Tara Mandarano

As time went on and I grew more confident in my mothering, I began to open up more when I would randomly meet other families at the park or the store. I craved adult company and conversation, but something always stopped me from suggesting we meet up.

Postpartum Depression Awareness Will Make Strides In 2016

Patricia Tomasi | Posted 01.11.2016 | Canada Parents
Patricia Tomasi

While tinsel town continues to generate buzz about PPD with new plot twists and more celebrity confessions, here's hoping that the trend of openness continues in the right direction towards greater awareness and better treatment.

Maybe I Will Miss The Diaper Years After All

Jacqueline Melissen | Posted 01.06.2016 | Canada Parents
Jacqueline Melissen

Changing a toddler's dirty diapers is truly one of the worst things you have to do as a parent, but somehow those five minutes were some of the best of my night.

Big Data Helps Us Understand Preterm Birth And Miscarriage

Will Sacks | Posted 11.12.2016 | Canada Parents
Will Sacks

The digital health industry is collecting data on a scale of which we have never before seen. Let's use this data to uncover and understand reproductive health challenges, so couples that want to start families are more likely to be able to do so.

My Children Have a Brother They May Never Meet

Raquel Cool | Posted 10.25.2016 | Canada Parents
Raquel Cool

No part of me regrets the decision I made to be an egg donor but I regret how I went about it and the contract I locked myself into. I regret not requesting an open donation. I did not understand the gravity of my decisions. I believed I was mature and now I look back and feel like I was just a kid. That psychological screening, many years ago, had "screened" a version of myself I could no longer relate to. I had no way of knowing that egg donation would impact my life the way it did.

What's Missing From Ontario's IVF Plans

Vanessa Gruben | Posted 10.19.2016 | Canada Parents
Vanessa Gruben

There's much to commend in the new policy; most importantly it covers all forms of infertility, regardless of sex, gender, sexual orientation or family status. The problem lies in what has not yet been addressed by the province -- critical issues that surround both publicly and privately funded IVF -- that demand attention.

I Threw a Shoe at My 6 Month Old

Megan Howarth | Posted 10.19.2016 | Canada Parents
Megan Howarth

My husband was holding him and I think I may have almost wanted to hit them. I know I wanted something to happen. I was thinking that if I threw that shoe hard enough maybe it would crack the layer of suffocation I was feeling around me. Maybe it would give me some air, or maybe I'd get in trouble and someone would say "Okay, she's clearly had enough. Let's give her a week off from this motherhood thing."

Just Because You Can Have Kids Doesn't Mean You Should

Sara Starkman | Posted 10.09.2016 | Canada Living
Sara Starkman

At the ripe old age of 28, I still, sincerely, don't know how I feel about having kids. Not about other people having kids -- that I know (no more than two and for God's sake don't helicopter parent, it creates MONSTERS and someday one of them will have to be PRIME MINISTER!).

Be Kind and Give Your Seat to a Pregnant Woman

Samantha Kemp-Jackson | Posted 06.14.2016 | Canada Parents
Samantha Kemp-Jackson

Sadly, in my experience, purposely ignoring pregnant women while riding public transit has become the norm, not the exception. What has happened to humanity? The lack of focus on others, supported by the technological tools to "zone out" or feign ignorance wherever and whenever possible makes this willful blindness not only possible but probable as well.