When it comes to pumping breast milk, it can feel like there is a lot to know. These are my top 5 tips to make pumping easier including how long to pump for and how to get more milk per pumping session.
We don’t often talk about baby teeth - but they are important! Wondering what the normal age is for baby’s first tooth? What about when to make baby’s first dentist appointment? Should you be brushing your baby’s teeth? Here’s what you need to know!
The information in this post came from the conversation I had with Dr. Trish Brady on my podcast Bringing Up Baby. She is a Dentist at Spring Garden Dentistry in Halifax NS. Following dental school Dr. Brady practiced her first year of dentistry in London, ON. During this time she was fortunate enough to work both in a hospital setting as well as in private practice. Her time in the hospital gave her extra training in oral surgery and pediatric dentistry.
As our babies grow and change, so do their nap schedules! But how do you know when it’s time to drop a nap? What if they are struggling to nap and it’s close to bedtime?
Let’s go over when nap transitions typically happen and how you can support your baby get their best sleep possible.
Probably one of the most popular Google searches for parents of little ones is “how to get my baby to sleep”. I know a lot of you have Googled this, and so many things come up!
Ultimately, what you should end up focusing on are two things; sleep cues and wake windows. They are predictors for how to know when's the right time to help your baby sleep, and knowing that means that they will typically fall asleep a little bit easier, maybe stay asleep a little bit longer, and ultimately get their best sleep.
It’s a question most parents will ask at some point… “why is my baby waking up in the night?”
Maybe your baby was a great sleeper and now all of a sudden they are waking up, or maybe they have always had a hard time staying asleep.
We’ll break down all the potential reasons your baby could be waking up in the night, so you can play detective and start to learn how to decrease those extra or "unnecessary" wake-ups.
We don’t talk enough about Postpartum Sexual Health as it often feels like a taboo topic. New parents are told when they are able to resume sex after birth, but don’t often get guidance on the mental, emotional, and social aspects of sexual health after birth.
Before we dive into the information, just know that there is no “one right answer” to when to resume sexual activity after giving birth. Everyone is different, and it’s important to consider whether you feel emotionally and physically ready.
The information in this post came from the conversation I had with Dr. Rachel Ollivier on my podcast Bringing Up Baby. She is a women's health researcher and practicing Registered Nurse. She recently completed her PhD in Nursing at Dalhousie University, where her research focused on exploring sexual health after birth using feminist poststructuralism.
When a new sibling is introduced into the family, that is a big adjustment for your older kid(s). The family dynamic is about to change, which can cause your child to feel out of control. Anything we can do to help them have an understanding of what that change will look like will help them feel more in control and prepared for their new sibling.
So how can you support your big kid(s), especially those in the toddler and pre-school years to become an older sibling? We’re going to share tips for preparing prenatally, how to handle your older kid preferring one parent, and strategies for handling transitions throughout the day.
The information in this post came from the conversation I had with Caron Irwin on my podcast Bringing Up Baby. Caron and her team provide parents with comprehensive support to navigate the adventures and challenges of parenting and family life. You can find Caron at roofamily.ca and @roo.family on Instagram.
Car accidents are one of the leading causes of accidental injury and death of Canadian children, so installing your car seat safely is critically important. Not only is the installation important, but how long should your baby stay in their car seat? What if they fall asleep there? Let’s dive into those questions and learn everything you need to know about car seat safety.
The information in the post came from a conversation I had with Katherine Hutka. Katherine is a health promotion specialist for Child Safety Link, a children's injury prevention center at the IWK Health Centre in Halifax, Nova Scotia. She's also the president of the Child Passenger Safety Association of Canada, a national nonprofit organization.
If you’re feeling burnt out, exhausted and overwhelmed you’re not alone! Parent or caregiver burnout is a real thing that many parents experience, but it’s not always talked about or addressed properly.
However, the line between burnout and postpartum depression can be gray, so if you are experiencing these symptoms, check in with your primary care provider.
The information in this post came from the conversation I had with Wendy McCallum, Professional Coach & Corporate Wellness Expert on my podcast Bringing Up Baby. Wendy is also the host of Bite-Sized Balance Podcast, so check her out there!
Both Lindsey and Ashley contribute to the blog! Sometimes also with guests and sometimes from conversations with guests :)