Hand, Foot & Mouth Disease

Hand, foot and mouth disease is a common childhood virus. It is caused by the Coxsackie virus. This virus is common in the summer and early fall. It is highly contagious!!!! Often it will show up 3-7 days after your child has been exposed to it. A child is most infectious during the first week, easily spreading it to other …

Achieving Balance and Motherhood

A few weeks ago, I posted on my Facebook page. “What defines your success?”. I was expecting a lot of numbers. I was expecting people to define success in life as a number beside their name because traditionally, we judge our self worth on our pay cheque. To my surprise, not one single person replied with the key to their …

Lovey: How and When

When to introduce a lovey The best time to introduce a lovey is around 4 to 6 months.  There is no longer a startle reflex (Moro) which mean baby can move and find their lovey and do what they need to to settle themselves down.  The key is to start early and let the attachment naturally develop.  After a few …

The Dreaded Overtired Baby…

Put simply, being overtired means that your child has passed the point of being ready for sleep. I talk to my clients a lot about finding their child’s “sweet spot”. That point that they are relaxed and have enough “sleep pressure” built up that they are able to fall asleep easily, and stay asleep. Missing that small window of time, …

We Are All Attached

I have seen a lot of social media posts lately where Mamas are defending the way that they choose to parent. This is obviously a sign of our times where people feel the need to fit themselves in to a  certain category, “crunchymommy”, “attachment”, “sleep trained” “positive parenting” etc… I find this an odd situation, probably because I have never …

To swaddle or not to swaddle?

To swaddle or not to swaddle is one of those hot topics of motherhood. Swaddling is one of the oldest baby traditions there is, but recently it has become a controversial topic. Swaddling is a technique of wrapping up a baby that gives the baby a feel similar to the tightness and security of the womb.  When my kids were …

The Scoop On Humidifiers

This year has been AWFUL for colds and flus, and when you have a toddler in daycare, illness is nearly impossible to avoid. As a Registered Nurse who works with infants and children, moms always ask me how they can make being sick easier on their little ones. There are lots of RN approved tips and tricks, but one of …

6 Tips on Getting Through Baby’s Second Night

When baby’s second night comes the best way he can find comfort is his closest thing to ‘home’ for him, and that is mom. So here are some tips on how to get through your baby’s second night. There’s a good chance that everything your baby is doing to get through the second night is totally normal. You’re most likely …

If I Could Keep You Little

When my daughter, Vaida, turned one, she received a book, “If I Could Keep You Little”, by Marianne Richmond. Every time we read it, I’m reminded that my babies are growing, and there is a lifetime of treasured stages to come. Those precious moments of today will become something different tomorrow. I try not to let it weigh me down, …