We’ll reveal the biggest secret discussed on today’s podcast right at the top: each baby is different. When it comes to sleep, what may work for one might not work for another, even for babies within the same family! That is what our guest today, Valerie Groysman, discovered with her own two babies as well as by counselling hundreds of families.
Valerie is a Registered Social Worker, M.S.W, R.S.W and Infant + Child Mental Health Specialist whose own journey with infant and toddler sleep led her to build her own business, Talkin’ Sleep. She seeks to find sleep solutions for families based on science, connection and intuition, offering alternatives to more traditional sleep training and crying methods. Keep reading to learn her Top 5 Newborn Sleep Tips and be sure to tune in to the podcast for a lot more great advice around newborn sleep!
Not all cries are the same. Listening and watching your baby, you will learn that while they may...
What is babywearing? Babywearing is the practice of wearing or carrying a baby in a ring sling, wrap or other type of carrier around the newborn ages. On today’s podcast, we discuss the many benefits of babywearing, how to correctly position your baby when doing so, and the different types of carriers available and their respective characteristics. Joining us are Megan Tennant & Sam Bright, Physiotherapists & Clinic Owners of Kids Physio Group.
Studies have shown that there is a direct correlation in secure attachment between baby and parent with just one hour of babywearing per day. Being close to the carrier’s heart can affect baby’s own heart rate and breathing depending on who they are close to, therefore leading to increased bonding, attachment, and regulation!
Removing Pressure off of Baby’s Head
Newborns spend most of their time on their backs. Babywearing helps to reduce the pressure from the back of...
There are so many reasons why somebody might not be breastfeeding. Everything from traumatic birth, structural issues with the baby and their ability to latch, history of trauma or abuse, or the parent’s neurodiversity may make the sensory input of breastfeeding intolerable. But regardless of the reason, we should never question people’s decisions surrounding this important and personal parenting choice!
Mallory Whitmore is a Certified Infant Feeding Technician, advocate for informed, supported infant feeding choices for everybody and formula feeding mother of two. She began her formula feeding journey when she, like so many of you listeners out there, was feeling overwhelmed, frustrated, disappointed, and full of guilt and stress about formula feeding.
On today’s podcast, she shares with us some of the main reasons people are unable to breastfeed, her recommendations when it comes to choosing which formula is right for you - some of which we share below! And some...
Did you know that accidental and unintentional injury is the leading cause of death in children? Accidents happen, and as parents, we do our best to avoid them and create the safest possible environment for our children. But as we learn on today’s podcast, we may need to refresh our knowledge on updated guidelines and common misconceptions. It's so important that everyone has some life-saving skills for their family.
Holly Choi is the Co-Owner of Safe Beginning First Aid, a Lifesaving Society-Certified First Aid Instructor, a CPSAC-Certified Child Passenger Safety Technician-Instructor, and also sits on their national board of directors. She is an expert in all things child safety, including the proper use and installation of car seats, childproofing, and infant/toddler first aid. And she has shared her top four lessons parents need to know right off the bat to keep their baby safe.
1. Newborns Can Roll
There is a huge...
What is Circumcision? How many newborn males get circumcised? What are the risks? What are the benefits?
Well, Dr. Ellen joins us on our podcast to discuss just these questions!
Here is a brief synopsis of our chat.
Circumcision is the removal of the foreskin on a penis. The foreskin is the skin that covers the glans of the penis.
This has changed over the years. In the 1970s approximately 50% of men were circumcised. It has dropped to approximately 25-30% of infant males now getting circumcised.
This is a decision that all parents should be involved in and should be made in the best interest of the infant. Have a listen to our full podcast to get all the information you need to make a decision.
The Canadian and American Pediatric societies DO NOT recommend routine circumcision of newborn males, as...
Join us to discuss this topic with Dr. Rebekah from @parentlikeapediatrician. She answers the top 5 questions that parents have about vaccinating their kiddos.
Check out this amazing resource around vaccinations!
This is a great question. Vaccines have been engineered to...
Gestational Diabetes is defined as Diabetes occurring during pregnancy, that was not present prior to becoming pregnant. In our most recent podcast, we discuss gestational diabetes tips and gestational diabetes diet. We also review what are the risk factors for gestational diabetes and how your baby can be affected by gestational diabetes. Here is a quick review of what we cover, but be sure to listen to our podcast to get more information on all of these areas around gestational diabetes in pregnancy.
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The major hormone involved in diabetes is Insulin.
During pregnancy, our tissues become less sensitive to insulin, which means our body needs to secrete more and more of it to have the same effect.
We don’t understand entirely why this happens in Pregnancy, but it is related to hormones produced by the placenta, and also partly by other...
What happens when your baby ends up in the NICU after delivery, and you don't expect it? So many questions come to mind! Will my baby be okay? How often should I visit my baby in the NICU? Will I be able to breastfeed my baby in the NICU? How do I know my baby is okay?
Dr. Jasmina and I both had babies that ended up being in the NICU after our labour and delivery experience, and neither of us expected it! In this podcast we discuss our birth story, and why our babies ended up spending time in the NICU.
We review our top tips about how to improve communication with your child's care team including nurses, physicians and social workers, and how to ensure you can be involved in your baby's care as much as you are comfortable with.
We discuss our top tips on how to make sure your milk supply is adequate and so you can supply your baby with their nutritional needs, even if you can't breastfeed your...
We know a lot of you are seeing way less of your maternity care provider than you usually would in “normal” times and you may be wondering... Is this safe? What should I be watching for?
So let's take a few minutes and go through what the recommendations are and what you can be doing to keep yourself and your baby safe!!!
Normally we would see you every four weeks until 28 weeks, every two weeks until 36 weeks and weekly until your cute baby is delivered. During the times of Covid, we are still checking in with you this often, but some of these will be done by phone or by video chat! Our clinic, Grow Health, has adapted the following schedule as per the recommendations of our governing bodies and the World Health Organization.
Visit 1: Phone/Video: 8-10 weeks. Get to know each other! This is usually a chit chat visit learning a little bit about each...
So mamas......lets talk about swaddling!!
Back in the day almost all babies used to be swaddled, and in many cultures this is still universally practiced...however over the past few decades people have been trying to reduce the risks to babies and encouraging safe sleep practice. The safety of swaddling has been hotly debated over the years…
We are here to give you the evidence around swaddling, benefits and risks so you can make a decision that is right for your baby!! We are going to talk about the effects of swaddling on crying, pain, preterm babies, hip development, risk of SIDs, breastfeeding and the most precious commodity of all......SLEEP!
If you want more details about what WE did when our babies were wee check out our YouTube video as we talk about our experiences with swaddling but we'll summarize the evidence below:
Crying: For babies that cry excessively, swaddling is more effective at decreasing crying than massage in infants.