Babies

Why Your Husband Should Get a Vasectomy

Naomi Elana Zener | Posted 08.30.2014 | Canada Living
Naomi Elana Zener

Men, just remember that a vasectomy won't stop you from pitching a tent. It simply means that when the volcano erupts, the lava won't flow and the villagers won't have to run for their lives. Why not man up and undergo a routine procedure that you won't even feel or remember, one that's along the lines of your circumcision (if you had one, and if you didn't, then along the lines of your first routine infant vaccination)?

What Postpartum Nurses Won't Tell you about Postpartum Depression

Sandra Charron | Posted 09.28.2014 | Canada Living
Sandra Charron

If you should experience any or all of the scenarios I have described, please don't wait to seek help quickly. What I did not know is that this is PPD, and I was not alone. What I also didn't know is that there are people who will not judge you, and who are trained at helping to heal you. Please always remember this.

Even When Baby's in the Womb, Dads Have an Influence

Nicole Letourneau | Posted 08.10.2014 | Canada Living
Nicole Letourneau

It's no secret that dads are important, and that their role as caregivers has, for many families, broadened in the last 50 years. But there's one period of our development where dads tend to take a back seat -- the first nine months, to be precise.

Prenatal Stress Causes More Harm to Babies Than We Think

Nicole Letourneau | Posted 07.05.2014 | Canada Living
Nicole Letourneau

Last month, it was reported that an Edmonton woman was badly beaten by her spouse. Though the attack put her in the hospital, the police offered a silver lining by stating that her unborn baby, at least, wasn't harmed. Sadly, this claim underestimates the profound effect severe stress can have on children's development in their first years of life, including while they're still in the womb.

Changing Diapers Can Bring On Enlightenment

Elan Divon | Posted 06.21.2014 | Canada Living
Elan Divon

It's been a month since my wife gave birth to a beautiful baby girl and WOW has it been a learning experience! Changing diapers at 3 a.m., figuring out how to sterilize bottles, bathe the little one, strap her into the car seat, and rock her to sleep. One of my personal heroes, Ram Dass, once asked his guru "How can I attain enlightenment?" His guru replied: "Feed people and serve people." OK.

WATCH: Babies, Toddlers React To Music With All The Feelings

HuffPost Canada Music | Joshua Ostroff | Posted 03.17.2014 | Canada Music

Music is known to soothe the savage beast, but it's pretty good at soothing savage babies, too. When my son was still crawling, the first piano cho...

Baby Feeding FAQ

Jennifer Carlson | Posted 04.21.2014 | Canada Living
Jennifer Carlson

I'm frequently asked questions about all the glorious obstacles we are faced with when it comes to feeding the most important members of our family, our children. First off, I start by telling moms to "do what works for them." With this being said, I decided to take a few of the common questions and share my responses, because at some time or another, one of you readers may be faced with the same issues.

Got a Colicky Baby? Germs Might Help

Jason Tetro | Posted 03.21.2014 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

2012-05-28-GermGuyBanner.jpg After just one month of receiving bacterial supplementation, babies were already showing less crying time and more regular bowel movements. By the end of the 90 days, even the effect of gastric reflux had been improved.

Message to New Moms: You Will Sleep Again

Abigail Cukier | Posted 02.18.2014 | Canada Living
Abigail Cukier

I remember when another friend's newborn would only nap if he were in her arms. She agonized over this for weeks -- would he ever be able to sleep on his own? How will I get anything done? After a while, he slept easily in his crib and she missed his cuddles.

Why Are Only Families With Children of Both Sexes Considered Complete?

masalamommas | Posted 01.29.2014 | Canada Living
masalamommas

I finally sat down and tried to understand exactly what that meant. What they are saying essentially is that before my daughter came along, my family was incomplete? Because my two wonderful, vivacious and healthy boys don't complete a family? I certainly didn't feel incomplete. I felt blessed, SO blessed.

How to Talk to New Parents

Anne Theriault | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada
Anne Theriault

Remember that your friends' experiences as new parents are not about you. This is not your chance to re-hash everything about your own parenting. This is not your chance to show off your knowledge and expertise. What you should be doing now is supporting your friends as much as possible, in the same way that others hopefully supported (or will support) you as a new parent.

I'm an Entrepreneur and I Have it All

Lisa Ostrikoff | Posted 11.13.2013 | Canada Living
Lisa Ostrikoff

My life has been "busy" and a lot of work for quite some time now, and that's something I don't want to change. I still take the necessary time to unplug and fill myself and my family up, but cannot deny that I also thrive off of creating and growing in business. That will likely always be part of me, even with a new baby at my side. My work is very much tied into what I want to create for my family to benefit from. I have complete respect for the women who grow up with a complete focus on wanting to stay home and raise a family... but for me, part of what I want to represent to my children is showing them that they have the ability to "have it all."

There Is No 'Right' Way to Be a New Parent

Darlena Cunha | Posted 10.21.2013 | Canada Living
Darlena Cunha

In my years of internet research, I learned one core fact I think every parent should take into consideration: You can find an expert to back up any belief you have. You need to do what feels right for you and for your child. You cannot go by the book in parenting because there simply is no book.

The Nap Paradox, in Rhyme

Andrea Traynor | Posted 09.18.2013 | Canada Living
Andrea Traynor

One nap, two naps, three naps, four; Why's my newborn such a bore? Come on, wake up! It's time to play! My dear, don't sleep the day away. I know you...

Food For Thought: How I Feed My Baby Is None of Your Business

Darlena Cunha | Posted 09.17.2013 | Canada Living
Darlena Cunha

Something as simple and necessary as feeding your child is cause for judgement and snobbery from parents who do it differently. Taking a bottle out in public never failed to bring on the stares of other well-meaning parents who were certain our children weren't getting the best nutrition possible.

Why Do Moms Judge Each Other?

masalamommas | Posted 09.08.2013 | Canada Living
masalamommas

Having a child can be overwhelming, in every possible way. Especially if the child is your first born. You see, kids don't come with a manual. You have to mostly trust your gut, take some advice when needed and sometimes rely on the Internet for a huge chunk of information. I used the internet to Google "How to bathe a three-day-old" because I didn't have much help after my child was born.

Canadian Children are Being Born Pre-polluted

Maggie MacDonald | Posted 08.28.2013 | Canada Impact
Maggie MacDonald

We cannot see with the naked eye that Canadian children are born pre-polluted, but our latest results demonstrate just that. Our new report shows that even in the mothers' womb, the developing fetus is exposed to a slew of dangerous chemicals -- chemicals that might have health effects like cancer, lower IQ or thyroid problems later in life.

Caring For Your Kids Doesn't Have to Mean Neglecting Yourself

Darlena Cunha | Posted 08.23.2013 | Canada Living
Darlena Cunha

It's a hard job to be a parent. In all this hustle and bustle, preparation and execution, it's easy to lose yourself. You can always shower later. You can always get dressed later. But it's a short jump from it doesn't matter to I don't matter. And you do matter. You need to take the time.

Let's Be Honest, Breastfeeding Is NOT Magical

Vicki Murphy | Posted 08.11.2013 | Canada Living
Vicki Murphy

A mother's milk may very well be the "perfect food" but the process sure ain't perfect so let's not pretend it is. Of course it's nice. It's convenient, even. But it is NOT magical. Unless curling your toes while your vampire baby sucks your nipples four inches down into his throat is magical.

I Don't Want Kids. Am I Selfish?

The Purple Fig | Posted 07.30.2013 | Canada Living
The Purple Fig

I never questioned my feelings about not wanting kids because my friends back in the U.K (where I am originally from) are single partiers with no interest in children, except only one who has had a baby. But after I moved, most of my new friends were planning for them. I spent more and more time around young children, and when our two closest friends decided that they were going to have their first child, DH and I realized that this was not something we were remotely interested in doing. When friends of mine in the wanting/planning/having stage, see a baby or get on to that subject, I find there is an expectation that I will want to join them. I have never experienced pressure like this before.

It Should Go Without Saying, But Don't Name Your Baby "Hitler"

Samantha Kemp-Jackson | Posted 07.27.2013 | Canada Living
Samantha Kemp-Jackson

I'm all for uniqueness when it comes to naming a child. After all, no one wants to give their child a name that will be shared by three or more kids in their grade school classroom. That being said, parents still need to consider certain parameters when making a decision that will affect their child for many years to come. Case in point: the poor child incredulously named "Adolph Hitler Campbell."

Breast Milk: Fights Off Infection While Feeding Babies

Jason Tetro | Posted 07.26.2013 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

2012-05-28-GermGuyBanner.jpg This week, a team from The University of Western Australia published a paper that revealed how breast milk is not only a great source of nutrition, but also may help to fight off infections. But while breastfeeding continues to gain scientific backing, this does not mean that it is the only choice.

The Mother I Am Is Different Than the Mother I Thought I'd Be

Terri Coles | Posted 07.09.2013 | Canada Living
Terri Coles

I'm starting to accept that all the research in the world can't prepare you for the day-to-day realities of parenting, and that the parent you hope to be isn't necessarily the parent you will be when you are faced with the child you end up with -- who is, after all, an individual in his or her own right. What matters is that I am the right mother for him, and he is the perfect child for me.

Trying to Balance Parenthood, My Work and My Passion

Vicki Murphy | Posted 06.28.2013 | Canada
Vicki Murphy

Oh look, a couple hours of spare time to blog. It was hiding behind the creative brief I brought home from the office, which was behind the dog's dand...

Would You Sedate Your Baby on a Cross-Atlantic Flight?

BabyPost | Posted 06.16.2013 | Canada Living
BabyPost

Last week on the Daily Mail's chat forum, someone posted an article written by a U.K. blogger who admitted she gave her daughter a sedative on a cross-Atlantic flight, just to get some peace and quiet. Cue chat room critics. I'll confess that I've done it.