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Welcome! We are thrilled to introduce our new baby, blush: the magazine for the modern mother.


hether you’re pregnant with your first child or you’re already a mom, blush is for you. We’ll provide you with tips and ideas to make the most out of this awesome journey of parenthood—with all its joy, wonder, worry, hilarity, and chaos. We aim to be an invaluable resource as well as a source of inspiration. blush is all about giving you choices—on everything from fitness to food, doulas to diapers, bedding to baby carriers, toys to change tables—not telling you what’s best for your family. blush celebrates the concept of living well in every sense of the word: eating healthy, natural meals; sparking kids’ imaginations; making environmentally sensitive decisions and ethical purchases; taking care of ourselves, our families, and our communities; choosing high-quality educational toys while recognizing the value of good old-fashioned free play; and above all, having fun. I’m a baby myself: the youngest of four, I never had many opportunities to babysit while I was growing up. So by the time I gave birth to my first son in 2005, my experience with wee ones was pretty much nonexistent. I don’t think I had ever changed a diaper, and I certainly didn’t know what a onesie was. Don’t get me started on trying to achieve the perfect “latch” during those early breastfeeding days. I was woefully unprepared for the enormous challenges and changes ahead of me, and to say I was overwhelmed is putting it mildly.

What I would have loved—okay, besides a night nanny, eight extra hours a day, and my own personal chef and masseuse—was something like blush. I would have taken every chance between naps and nursing to devour a publication that contained not only practical information but also reflected the values of today’s open-minded, eco-aware, socially conscious generation. In this inaugural issue alone, blush covers breastfeeding, prenatal tests, postnatal fitness, cord-blood banking, nutritional supplements, child care, fashion (including sexy lingerie!), and much more. We also share reviews on the latest books, DVDs, and CDs for babies and their parents, written by the most knowledgeable critics out there—moms. To learn more about blush, enter a contest, and sign up for our newsletter, go to Remember, blush is a new arrival, so we’re open to advice, story ideas, and insights. Don’t hesitate to contact us with feedback. Through these pages, we can engage our kids in this world, make each other think, share ideas, support one another, and have a positive impact on those around us and on our planet. Here’s to blush, and here’s to you. b

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30 Breastfeeding & beyond

More than just nutritious, breast milk provides a healthy start for baby’s immune system.

16 Your birth journey

32 Bouncing back

20 Yoga for two

34 Lingerie to linger in

22 Prenatal supplements

36 Natural skincare for moms

Giving birth is a life-changing experience. Here are eight ways to prepare.

If your beautiful baby has inspired you to find more Zen in your life, here’s how.

Getting your post-pregnancy body looking and feeling great.

Feel soft and sexy with maternity lingerie and cleverly designed nursing bras.

Soon you’ll be nurturing your little bundle of joy—but you must nurture yourself first.

From face to body to bath, pamper the skin you’re in with these perfect natural options.

24 Sugar alert

38 Expecting in style

Gestational diabetes is a possible complication during the last two trimesters.

Maternity clothes have come a long way, baby! Here are some of our favourite looks.

28 The ultimate sneak peek 42 It’s in the diaper bag A 3D ultrasound offers a leisurely tour of the womb before baby is born.

Fashionable and functional, diaper bags have quickly moved into the new millennium.

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contents 44 Dapper diapers

The latest in diaper designs are both comfortable and chic while they keep bottoms dry.

47 Leggings for little ones


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TOys They'll love

53 Liquid assets

Sometimes moms choose to give their babies formula. Here’s how to do it right.

55 Banking on cord blood

Your newborn’s umbilical investment can pay dividends in the future.

48 Solid foundation

59 Beautiful baby

Products for a smooth babe—from top to bottom.

60 On track with great fashion

Choose comfort and style for your little ones no matter what their age.

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Make sure baby is sipping from only the safest bottles available in Canada.



A compendium of baby-safe treatments for common ailments.

50 Beautiful bottles


56 Natural remedies for your

Keep baby’s legs comfortable and warm with a good dose of practical fun.

The why, when, and what of introducing baby to solid food for the first time.

Playtime has never been so much fun, and here are some of the best options.

82 Great White North

Go wild—think beyond pink and blue to stimulate baby’s imagination with decor.

72 Who’s watching baby?

84 Nursery delight

74 Good friends and a baby

86 Time for fun

80 Hot baby wheels

88 Family-friendly food

Choosing childcare can be challenging when it’s time to go back to the workplace.

Fun fitness with baby—stretch … hold … and repeat—to get back in shape fast.

Take baby out for a comfortable ride in one of these safe and stylish strollers.

s Beautiful bedding for baby provides a perfect cozy dream space for sleepy-time bliss.

Play dates for mom and tot take you outside to escape the diapers and spitup.

Great “I want more” recipes that are nutritious, kid-pleasing, and momapproved.

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President Ryan Benn Vice-President Rick Kroetsch Editorial Director Terry-Lynn Stone Art Director Ivan A. de Lorenzana Marketing Manager Alex Karch Production Manager Elaine Mavritsakis Director of Technology Diana Hofer Controller Vickie Beland EDITORIAL NOTE The information provided in this magazine is for educational and informational purposes only. It should not be used as a substitute for the advice of a qualified and licensed practitioner or health care provider. The opinions expressed here are not necessarily those of Teldon Media or its affiliates. Different views may appear in future articles or publications. Articles in blush are copyrighted and must not be reprinted, duplicated, or transmitted without permission. 10%

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Contributors Cathy Carlson-Rink, ND, RM, practises

at the Family Health Clinic in Langley, BC with a focus on pregnancy, infertility, and women’s and children’s health. Mother of two girls born at home, Dr. CarlsonRink is recognized as the first licensed naturopathic physician in Canada to also work as a licensed midwife.

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Melanie Osmack is the founder of Fit

4 Two™ Pre and Postnatal Fitness in Vancouver, BC. She is a certified fitness instructor, personal trainer, and pre/ postnatal fitness specialist. As a mom of two, Melanie knows first-hand the importance of staying fit and strong. Our doctors provide special care for infants, children, and pregnant mothers.

Melina Roberts, ND, has a family

practice at the Calgary Centre for Naturopathic Medicine. She is a licensed and board-certified naturopathic physician who specializes in treating health issues with European medicine modalities.


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Brenna Jacks, ND, graduated

from the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine (CCNM) in Toronto, Ontario. She is a licensed naturopathic doctor in Langley, BC where her family practice focuses on treating women’s health, stress, infertility, and food allergies.

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Karlene Karst, RD, is a health specialist in nutrition and natural medicine and is mom to her eight-month-old son, Luca. She is author of The Metabolic Syndrome Program (Wiley, 2006) and coauthor of the national bestseller, Healthy Fats for Life (Wiley, 2004).

Coping with colic


No one is getting any sleep at our house—my baby seems to have colic. What can I do?

Karlene Karst: When our up-til-then perfect son, Luca, began to let loose with turn-red and go-hoarse screaming at five o’clock every afternoon, we had to admit he was colicky— bothered by gas in his tummy. Luca seemed to feel most comfortable when he lay stomach down on my forearm in the football hold, with his head cradled in my hand and his legs straddling my arm. We would also bicycle his legs to help disperse the gas. Since I was nursing, I stayed away from gas-forming foods such as cabbage, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, and beans. Once a day I would pump breast milk into a bottle and add 1/2 tsp (7 mL) of Lactobacillus reuteri powder. A study published in Pediatrics in January 2007 confirmed the benefits of this probiotic for infant colic. At the beginning of the study infants screamed on average 200 minutes per day. After 28 days of L. reuteri treatment, average crying decreased to 51 minutes compared with 145 minutes for those given simethicone, a drug used to relieve abdominal pain. Eventually Luca became a content, happy baby, who now falls asleep at seven o’clock each evening.

No more nausea


I’m 15 weeks pregnant and still feel nauseated every morning. What can I take to alleviate this condition? Karlene Karst: Pregnancy-induced nausea, generally

known as morning sickness, can start six weeks into pregnancy and often persists until week fourteen or longer. Many factors can trigger nausea, including: • hunger, low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) • hormonal fluctuations • stress • vitamin or mineral deficiencies • normal pregnancy-related changes in the digestive tract

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Eating small, frequent snacks that balance carbohydrates with protein helps prevent blood sugar lows that bring on nausea. Between meals, stabilize blood sugar by eating quick and easy snacks such as an apple with nut butter, marble cheese on whole-wheat toast, or yogourt with granola. Drinking plenty of fluids will also help prevent stomach upset and replenish fluids lost through vomiting. My personal favourite, herbal teas such as camomile or peppermint, may also settle your stomach. Ginger is also an effective remedy for nausea. Brew ginger tea by steeping 1 tsp (15 mL) grated ginger in 1 cup (250 mL) boiling water for five minutes or longer and drink up to two cups daily. Or take two 250-gram capsules of ginger extract every 2 to 3 hours. b | 13

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{ you } Giving birth can be the most incredible, life-transforming event you will ever experience.

Your birth

journey 8

ways to prepare

Cathy Carlson-Rink, ND, RM

If it’s your first child, you have many questions about your changing body and the baby growing within you. Even if it’s not your first child, no two pregnancies are the same. So how can you ready yourself for this incredible journey? By making your pregnancy as positive as possible by preparing mentally, emotionally, and physically. Here’s how:


“Find a caregiver who   shares your values.”

Become informed. Find out all you can about choices in childbirth. Attend childbirth classes that focus on the positive. Bradley and Lamaze childbirth classes are well respected, as are those based on books such as Pam England’s Birthing from Within (Patera Press, 1998) and Marie Mongan’s HypnoBirthing (HCI, 2005). Traditional prenatal classes allow you and your partner or your birth coach to prepare for pregnancy by offering nutrition 16 | blush | Issue 1

and exercise tips, as well as childbirth advice and support. After researching the various options available in your community, choose the class that you feel most comfortable with and that meets your childbirth needs.


Find a supportive caregiver.

In an obstetrical culture that has skyrocketing epidural rates, frequent use of pain medications, and high Caesarean section rates, it is important to find a caregiver who shares your values. If your pregnancy has been assessed as low-risk, consider using a registered midwife—an expert in natural childbirth. If your pregnancy is high-risk, meaning you’ve had problems during pregnancy or are giving birth to multiple babies, you may require the care of an obstetrician. Find a caregiver who takes the time to answer your questions and who makes you feel comfortable.


Research shows that women who exercise have   significantly   fewer medical   interventions   during labour.

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Arrange for continuity of care. Until recently, women gathered women around them to give birth. Having a familiar caregiver while you’re in labour reduces complications by up to 50 percent. This is the rationale for using doulas in the midwifery model of care. Doulas are trained to provide mental, emotional, and physical support and comfort during labour. In one study, 55 percent of women who had a doula present delivered naturally versus 12 percent who did not. If doulas were a drug, they would be prescribed to every woman in labour. There are three types of doulas: antepartum doulas work with pregnant women, offering prenatal support; birth doulas provide support during labour and delivery; and postpartum doulas provide care to mom and baby after delivery, including information and support for breastfeeding.


Learn to relax. Our

bodies were designed with builtin pain relievers—endorphins, the hormones that reduce pain and improve mood. Relaxation

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increases the release of endorphins, so learn progressive relaxation techniques. Deep breathing centres and calms you, easing muscle tension, lowering your heart rate, and helping you sleep more soundly. It’s also an invaluable practice for releasing tension and remaining calm when you give birth. Yoga and stretching helps you to relax and stay toned and flexible. Many gyms and community centres offer yoga classes for pregnant women. Other great relaxation tools are hypnosis and aromatherapy.


Face your fears. Before labour, write down your fears and talk to your caregiver about them. Explore coping methods that will help you move through the fears. Remember when talking to other moms that each pregnancy is different and each person tolerates pain differently. Don’t be put off by someone else’s “horror” story. Your birth experience could be vastly different from hers.

“If doulas were a drug, they would be prescribed to   every woman in labour.”



Feel empowered.

“Walking, swimming, yoga, and pregnancy exercise classes are good, but stay away from jarring activities and contact sports.”

Satisfaction with the birth experience relates less to whether women have a normal delivery or complications and more to whether they feel empowered to make choices about how they birth. Knowledge is power—through reading, taking classes, and talking to your caregiver, you will empower yourself. There is so much to do to prepare for the upcoming birth of your child. Make lists of the things you have to do and the questions you have. Personal organizers, notebooks, file folders— use the system that works for you. Check off each task or question as you complete it to feel productive and empowered.


Be active. Research shows that women who exercise have significantly fewer medical interventions during labour. Walking, swimming, yoga, and pregnancy exercise classes are Enzymatic_PMS_Escape_AliveAd_8.875x5g.pdf 3/27/08 11:47:06 AM good, but stay away from jarring activities and contact sports.

Always consult your health practitioner about exercise, especially during pregnancy.


Create your space.

Whether you give birth at home or in hospital, create a space that is safe and familiar to you with pictures, music, and your own pillows. Home births for low-risk women are as safe as hospital births and have reduced rates of medical interventions. Creating comfort and security may be part of a nesting urge you feel later on during your pregnancy. Although you can’t control everything that happens during labour and birth, preparing during pregnancy can lead to a positive birth experience. b

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Yoga for two Pre- and postnatal fitness Melanie Osmack photographS by Renat Touichev

Has your beautiful baby-to-be inspired you to add more Zen to your life? Yoga is a wonderful way to reduce pregnancy discomforts, prepare for childbirth, and build stamina for parenthood.

Before unrolling your yoga mat, here are a few things to consider.

Class or DVD? What does your ideal yoga experience look like? If you see yourself practising yoga in the comfort of your own home, a DVD is your best choice. A fan favourite among pregnant women is Prenatal Yoga Complete by Bodywisdom Media. The routines range from 10 to 60 minutes and are trimester specific. If you need more motivation or want some social interaction, try a yoga class. You will benefit from having a real-life instructor correct your form and suggest options. Look for a teacher at your local community centre or yoga studio who is certified to teach preand postnatal yoga.

yoga studios let you try a class before you register for an entire session. If a class doesn’t meet your expectations, try another. Yoga should be an enjoyable experience. If you had a regular yoga practice before your belly began to blossom, you might be surprised to find that prenatal yoga is a bit different. Expect more focus on your pelvic floor, breathing, and birth preparation. Try to open your mind and your heart as your practice transforms along with your body. During birthing you will be thankful for your strong pelvic floor. After baby is born, postnatal yoga can be a special time for mom and baby. Moms benefit from improved strength and flexibility while bonding with their new babes. If you are heading out to your first mom-and-baby yoga class, expect the unexpected. One day your baby will sleep through class, during another she’ll need to be in your arms, and in yet another she’ll playfully coo on her blanket. All of these days are normal. Embrace each day as an opportunity and go with the flow. b

“Prenatal yoga   focuses on your pelvic floor, breathing, and birth preparation.”

Class expectations Just as each pregnancy is unique, so is each yoga class. Research before you register by reading the class description and talking to the instructor. Most

Melanie Osmack is a certified Can-Fit-Pro pre- and postnatal fitness specialist and the founder of Fit 4 Two™ ( She has connected new moms and moms-to-be with fitness since 2003.

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Let your baby lead the way

Some babies thrive in the quiet environment of a yoga class. Others do better in the active environment of a mom-and-baby aerobics class. Try a few different types of classes until you find one that you and your baby prefer such as a mom-and-baby fitness class or stroller fitness (see page 74).

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Nurturing yourself and your little bundle-to-be throughout pregnancy requires some careful thought.

Building a healthy baby Prenatal supplements for moms-to-be Nutritional supplements can play a vital role in your overall health and contribute to your baby’s healthy growth and development.

Multivitamin A high-quality prenatal multivitamin ensures all the important nutrients—for both mom and baby—and should include vitamins A, C, D, E, K, iron, zinc, bioflavonoids, CoQ10, and choline.

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 itamin A intake should not exceed 6,000 IU per day from all V sources; too much can be toxic and has been known to cause birth defects. Vitamin C plays a vital role in forming connective tissue, cartilage, bones, nerves, and healthy gums and teeth, and in preventing infections.

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Melina Roberts, ND

• Vitamin D is needed for the development of good teeth and strong bones. • Vitamin E deficiency during pregnancy can lead to low-weight infants and childhood asthma. • Vitamin K may reduce the risk of intraventricular hemorrhage in premature infants. • Iron is needed to maintain adequate maternal iron stores. Too • • •

little iron may result in anemia, which has been associated with low birth weight babies, premature birth, and maternal mortality. Zinc is required for proper fetal growth and immunity. Bioflavonoids may reduce the risk of aborting pregnancy. CoQ10 may prevent spontaneous abortions and is essential for the health of all human tissues and organs.

Prenatal Supplement Guide

• Choline (lecithin) is an important precursor for

Are you confused about what dosage of supplements to take now that you’re pregnant? Simply consult blush’s prenatal supplement guide to determine the recommended amount of supplements you should be taking on a daily basis.


Look for a multivitamin that contains vitamins A, C, D, E, K, iron, zinc, bioflavonoids, CoQ10, and choline in these dosages.


Daily recommended dosage

Vitamin A

5000 IU

Vitamin B complex, consisting of: Folic acid

800 mcg


1.5 mg


1.6 mg


17 mg


2.2 mg

Cobalamin (B12)

2.2 mcg

Vitamin C

70 mg

Vitamin D

10 mcg

Vitamin E

10 mg

Vitamin K

30 mg


40 mg


600 mg

Choline (lecithin)

40 mg


4 mg


300 mg

Omega-3 fatty acids (EFAs)

2000 mg

Probiotics, consisting of: Lactobacillus acidophilus

1 billion CFU

Lactobacillus casei

1 billion CFU

Bifidobacterium infantis

1 billion CFU


15 mg

neurotransmitters and critical for nerve and brain development.

Vitamin B-complex is important during pregnancy, especially for the folic acid content needed to prevent neural tube defects. Thiamin (B1), riboflavin (B2), and niacin (B3) have been shown to contribute to higher birth weight in infants. Pyridoxine (B6) can help relieve morning sickness and nausea.

Calcium-magnesium To help prevent hypertensive disorders of pregnancy, such as pre-eclampsia, and to help ease leg cramps and improve baby’s health, a calcium-magnesium supplement can be helpful.

Essential fatty acids EFAs are important for preventing pregnancy-induced hypertension, balancing hormones, regulating bowel movements, and supplying the essential building blocks for the offspring’s brain and nerve development.

Probiotics To maintain a healthy digestive system throughout pregnancy and to ensure proper absorption of dietary nutrients that help both mother and baby maintain optimum health, probiotics should be an essential part of daily supplement intake.

Ginger root Several studies have shown that ginger can alleviate nausea and vomiting during pregnancy. Fresh ginger root can be used in cooking or prepared as a tea; ginger is also available in extracts, tinctures, capsules, and oils. b Melina Roberts, ND, practises in Calgary, Alberta. Her clinical focus includes detoxification, chronic disease, digestivedisorders, pediatric and women’s health, and cancer. | 23

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alert! How to manage gestational diabetes

+ a 7 day diet plan Brenna Jacks, ND

Banish added sugar Mothers diagnosed with gestational diabetes should avoid foods that contain added sugar. A good rule of thumb is to look at ingredient lists, and if a form of added sugar is listed in the first to fifth positions, make a healthier food choice. Here are some common names of simple and refined sugars: + corn syrup + dextrose + fructose + galactose + glucose + sucrose

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+ high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) + lactose + maltodextrin + maltose

{ you } balance your blood sugar with our seven-day plan: Breakfast

Mid-morning snack


Mid-afternoon snack


Evening snack

1 slice whole grain bread with 1/2 cup (125 mL) cottage cheese

1 hard-boiled egg

cucumber slices with hummus, baby greens salad with sliced chicken

1/3 cup (75 mL) unsweetened cereal with 1/2 cup (125 mL) milk and 1/2 cup (125 mL) fruit

6 to 8 oz (170 to 227 g) grilled fish, 1/2 cup (125 mL) steamed broccoli, 1/2 cup (125 mL) brown rice, and a green salad

1/2 chicken sandwich


2 eggs and 1 slice whole grain bread

1/2 cup (125 mL) almonds

1 cup (250 mL) cottage cheese, 1 slice whole grain bread with avocado, 1/2 cup (125 mL) blueberries

1/2 cup raw vegetables

quesadilla with black beans, chicken, and vegetables

1/2 cup (125 mL) muesli with 1/2 cup (125 mL) milk or soy milk


3/4 cup (180 mL) cooked oatmeal

1 oz (25 g) cheddar cheese

1 cup (250 mL) bean salad, 1 slice whole grain bread

1 medium-size orange

spinach salad with mixed vegetables, 1 small bowl vegetable soup

2 slices whole wheat toast with 1 Tbsp (15 mL) almond butter


2-egg vegetable omelette

2 medium plums

mixed green salad with black beans and chicken

1 cup (250 mL) celery sticks

1 bowl chili with 2 whole wheat tortillas

6 oz (177 mL) low-fat yogourt


1 cup (250 mL) whole grain cereal with 1/2 cup (125 mL) soy milk or yogourt

2 slices of fresh pineapple

2 slices whole grain bread, 1/2 sliced chicken breast, lettuce, tomato

1 hard-boiled egg

chicken and vegetable stir-fry over 1/2 cup (125 mL) brown rice

2 cups (500 mL) plain popcorn


1 whole wheat English muffin, 1 Tbsp (15 mL) almond butter

1/2 cup (125 mL) cottage cheese

chicken and vegetable stir-fry with 1/2 cup (125 mL) brown rice

1 medium apple

8 oz (227 g) salmon, 1 cup (250 mL) steamed broccoli, 1/2 cup (125 mL) brown rice

20 almonds


1/2 cup (125 mL) yogourt, 2 hard-boiled eggs

1/2 cup (125 mL) mixed berries

1 cup (250 mL) cooked whole wheat pasta with spinach and sliced chicken

1 medium pear

6 oz (170 g) turkey, 1 small baked potato, 1 cup (250 mL) steamed vegetables

1 cup (250 mL) baked tortilla chips


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Most women experience problem-free pregnancies. Occasionally, however, a small percentage of women may develop gestational diabetes.

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{ health } This condition may arise over the course of the last two trimesters. Gestational diabetes is defined as higher than normal blood sugar levels during pregnancy. Between the 24th and 28th week of pregnancy, health care practitioners may screen women with a blood test. The exact cause of gestational diabetes is unknown, but there are some risk factors to be aware of. These include a maternal age older than 26, obesity, a family history of diabetes, or a diagnosis of gestational diabetes in a previous pregnancy. Women of Aboriginal, Hispanic, South Asian, East Asian, Pacific Island, or African descent also have an increased risk of developing the disease.

Reduce risk If left uncontrolled, gestational diabetes may pose potential risks to both baby and mother. There are increased risks to the baby if blood sugar levels remain too high. The baby may grow too large, which can increase the possibility of mom needing a C-section. The baby may also develop low blood sugar levels, which can affect brain function. Some studies have shown that children of women with gestational diabetes may be at higher risk for juvenile-onset diabetes. Gestational diabetes cannot always be prevented, but there

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are strategies that decrease risk and treat the condition once it has been diagnosed. Diet must be closely monitored and altered to adjust blood sugar requirements. The general suggestion is to avoid simple sugars in the morning. This means avoiding fruit, yogourt, and milk until later in the day. Another general suggestion is to snack regularly throughout the day and before bedtime to stabilize blood sugar.

Stay active Exercise is a key element in treating and preventing gestational diabetes. Staying active helps to maintain a healthy weight and regulate blood sugar levels. Gentle exercises such as walking and swimming are better options than running or aerobics. Those with gestational diabetes may be asked to monitor blood sugar levels before and after exercise. The good news is that most women who experience gestational diabetes find that their blood sugar levels return to normal ranges after pregnancy. However, there is an increased risk of developing adult-onset diabetes at a later date. It is recommended that blood sugar levels be retested six months postpartum. b Brenna Jacks, ND, is a licensed Naturopathic Doctor in Langley, BC. Her practice focuses on fertility optimization and women’s health.

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If your little one is congested, think of Euphorbium comp. nasal spray. It is designed especially for small noses, to help your baby breathe more easily.

Teething pain, colic, restlessness with or without fever - Viburcol


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Viral infections - Engystol


Protect your family from viruses. During the "viral season", Engystol may be used both for prevention and treatment.

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3D ultrasounds provide a bonding opportunity—you can bring family and friends to join in the ultrasound experience.

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The appeal of the sneak peek is undeniable. Using 3D ultrasounds, women can now take a leisurely tour of their womb, and can share that experience with family & friends.

sneak peek Inside the womb in the 4th dimension Ilana Stanger-Ross The demand for this service is growing. UC Baby, Canada’s largest 3D/4D provider (the 4D refers to real-time imaging) has 14 locations in five provinces. Vancouver’s Som Visao, which bills itself as North America’s first urban ultrasound spa and wellness centre, even offers baby showers featuring group spa treatments followed by fetus-vision on a plasma TV. While combining ultrasound with laser hair removal might seem odd, Som Visao links them together under the “healthy, well-balanced living” banner.

First peek at baby. At a friend’s baby shower recently, the expectant mama passed a sepia ultrasound photo around the room. Though we all gushed over the 3D image—button nose, full lips, lashed eyelids, nothing like the classic grainy shot—a question persisted in my mind: Is it right to see into the womb this way? Many people seem to think so. Jason Kirby, owner of the 3D Baby Vision clinic in Victoria, BC, says his clinic gets busier every month. He feels that 3D ultrasounds provide a bonding opportunity. “You can bring friends and family to join in the ultrasound experience,” Kirby says. “We can also answer questions that a diagnostic sonographer doesn’t always have time for, such as the gender of the baby. It’s DVD in real time; people can see the baby suck on a thumb or yawn. We take numerous pictures.” Images can also be sent to friends and family in far-off places. “We’re broadcasting live to anywhere in the world for no extra charge,” offers Brant Hogan, co-owner of UC Baby clinics in Vancouver and Langley.

It’s important to note, however, that the focus of 3D ultrasounds is not on diagnostics. Diagnostic ultrasounds, used to assess fetal health, are performed in hospitals or medical centres on the referral of a physician or midwife. Kirby emphasizes that the distinction between diagnostic ultrasounds and 3D ultrasounds is an important one. “Diagnostic ultrasound is a serious business, and it should be; they’re looking for disabilities. That puts a lot on the sonographer’s plate,” states Kirby. “But our staff doesn't do that.”

Make an informed choice. Health Canada cautions that while ultrasound has an excellent safety record, it makes sense to avoid unnecessary exposure for nonmedical purposes—especially as 3D images require increased energy. Both Health Canada and Canada’s sonographers' association recommend that fetal ultrasound be done only when necessary. If you simply can’t wait to see your baby, 3D ultrasound might be for you. But do some research first. The clinic should employ only licensed sonographers and should guarantee that trained technicians regularly service their ultrasound machines. Finally, high-tech bonding comes with a price. Given the early opportunity to share such joy with family and friends, some may consider the fee ($99 and up) for a 3D ultrasound to be very reasonable. Still others might just want to wait for that ultimate priceless peek: their baby’s actual birth day. b Ilana Stanger-Ross is a student midwife. Her first novel, Sima’s Undergarments for Women, will be published in January 2009. | 29

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To breastfeed or not to breastfeed? In the beginning, you may find yourself rethinking your decision to breastfeed. But hang in there—with patience and practice, it does get easier.

Breastfeeding While you are breastfeeding it is important to maintain a healthy diet to support the demands of your growing baby. Women who are breastfeeding should continue to take the supplements taken during pregnancy, including B-complex, multivitamin, calciummagnesium, essential fatty acids (EFAs), and probiotics. EFAs are extremely important in the early development of the baby, and levels in the breast milk are correlated with the mother’s intake. In addition to daily supplements and to aid in the recovery process, mothers who are breastfeeding may consider alfalfa, a great healing herb that is a rich source of vitamins A, C, E, and K as well as calcium, potassium, phosphorus, iron, and trace minerals. Some problems associated with breastfeeding can be addressed effectively with natural supplements. Here is a list of common challenges associated with breastfeeding and some strategies to help you overcome them.

Milk production. Red raspberry leaf , alfalfa, fenugreek seeds and blessed thistle have been used traditionally—either individually or steeped together as a tea—to increase milk production. Red raspberry leaf also helps to restore the reproductive system after childbirth. Mastitis. Inflammation of the breast, or mastitis, can be treated by applying cool, green cabbage leaves to the affected breasts or by boiling dandelion root in water, cooling, and making a compress. If an infection is the cause of inflammation, it may be beneficial to take garlic, a potent natural antibiotic, as well as echinacea to boost the immune system and fight the infection.

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& beyond Melina Roberts, ND

Sore nipples. Dry, cracked nipples are a common problem when breastfeeding. They can be treated by applying camomile creme as an antiseptic ointment that is safe for mom and baby. Squaw vine, applied topically as a salve, can also be used to treat nipple soreness. Breast tenderness. Some breast tenderness is caused by water retention. As parsley is a diuretic, it can be taken to help flush excess water from the body. Caution must be taken when consuming parsley while breastfeeding, as consuming large amounts may reduce milk production.

Weaning. When it comes time to reduce milk production in preparation for weaning, applying the crushed fresh flowers of jasmine (Jasminum Sambac) to the breasts has been shown to inhibit lactation. Mint and sage have also been shown to help reduce milk production. b Melina Roberts, ND, practises in Calgary, Alberta. Her clinical focus includes detoxification, chronic disease, digestive disorders, pediatric and women’s health, and cancer.


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i ng Bouncback Melanie Osmack

Are you wondering if your post-pregnancy body will ever look and feel like it did before? You may wish you could instantly snap back to your former “hot” bod. Hollywood stars make it seem easy. But it can be a challenge balancing your desired fitness goals with doing what’s right for your body at this time. Rather than succumb to the stresses of unrealistic expectations, commit to taking it one day at a time with these fitness tips.

The halfway rule. You can begin going for light walks as soon as it feels comfortable. Imagine this scenario: you feel ready to walk to your local park. When you arrive at the park you feel fantastic. You’re full of vigour and wonder why you didn’t do this yesterday. But by the time you walk home again, you feel exhausted and sore. Here’s the halfway rule: next time you feel like you can walk to the park, walk halfway there. You’ll return home feeling energized rather than zapped. Beyond walking. Walking is wonderful exercise. It can improve your cardiovascular health, increase your metabolism, and help you shed weight gained during pregnancy. Try mixing it up with other activities such as biking or aerobics, because doing the same cardiovascular exercise day after day can cause you to plateau and lead to overuse injuries. Hitting the gym. Ease back into the gym only after postpartum bleeding is finished and when you’re feeling rested enough to actually enjoy a workout. If you had a Caesarean, wait six weeks and have your health care provider clear you for exercise. Mommy muscles. Parenting requires more strength and stamina than people realize, so strength-train two or three days a week (see the Stroller Workout on page 74). As your body gets stronger so will your self-confidence.

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Mommy meals. Exercise is only half of the fitness equation. The other half is nutrition. Not sure how many calories you should be eating based on your activity level? Check out the EATracker on the Eat Well, Live Well page at If you are breastfeeding, you’ll need to add 500 healthy calories from a variety of food groups.

One day at a time. Focus on daily results such as having more energy after class or being able to move up a weight for your bicep curls. SMART goals are Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and Timely. If your goal doesn’t have at least two of these attributes, set a new goal. Remember, exercise should feel good! If it doesn’t, you might be doing too much too soon. b Melanie Osmack is a certified Can-Fit-Pro pre- and postnatal fitness specialist and the founder of Fit 4 Two™ ( She has connected new moms and moms-to-be with fitness since 2003.

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Feel soft and sexy in beautiful maternity lingerie, cleverly designed to help you nurse your little one or to support your pregnant body in style! Choose red hot, polka dot, black lace, or one of many other shades and styles for a glamorous look and feel. 1. Esme Apple Maternity Cami & Undies, $44, Unbuttoned Contemporary Maternity, 2. Nest Nursing/Maternity Baby Doll Chemise, $98, Belabumbum, 3. Sexy Nursing Dress, $118, Bella Materna, 4. Elle Macpherson Intimates La Mere Nursing Bra, $62, Figleaves, 5. Sara Bra, $58, Nummies, 6. Nougatine Nursing Bra, $75, and Nougatine French Knicker with Bow, $42, both by Amoralia,

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Products to keep you fresh & glowing

for moms

Suki Eye Repair balm, $33.95

Belli Pregnancy Acne Clearing Facial Wash, $22


Pamper your complexion with healthy products that will leave your skin silky smooth. Look for safe, natural acne treatments for moms-to-be.

Éminence Sugar Plum Whip Moisturizer, $58

Suki Exfoliate Foaming Cleanser, $9.95

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Éminence Citrus exfoliating wash, $46

belli pampered pregnancy body wash, $18


Slide down into a deep, relaxing bath with skin-nourishing milk soaks, exfoliating body washes, and fragrant soaps. Give body and mind a real treat! rocky mountain soap in pumpkin patch , $4.99

Erba Organics mommy-to-be organic milk & oat bath, $24

breasts & belly Don’t forget to lavish some love on tender parts where skin needs extra TLC. Massage in soothing belly and breast lotions daily to keep skin supple and reduce stretch marks.

substance belly jelly, $18

mama mio Superfirm boob tube, $58

bug & pickle nipple cream, $13

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comfortable and look stylish while you’re expecting—and be coordinated from head to toe.

Style Expecting in

photographS by Renat Touichev

From casual to chic, modern maternity wear is anything but boring. Bold colours and textured fabrics are available in styles that complement your personality and taste, whether you’re at work, at home, or out on the town. Featuring elegant and contemporary accessories from jewellery to handbags, here are three classic outfits that will help you feel beautiful during this exciting time.

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Isabella Oliver Ruffle Wrap dress in Plum, $175,; clutch, $95, Banana Republic,; Shoes, $525, Hugo Boss,; Brass bracelet with elephant seal, Pyrrha,; Necklace, $50, and Earrings, $40, both Blue Ruby, | 39

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Bracelet Portrait top, $125, and Hipster A-line skirt, $95, both Isabella Oliver,; DIM stay-up stockings, $16, Sears,; Shoes, $435, Chie Mihara,; Clutch, $145, and Necklace, $75, both Banana Republic,

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Carly wears Maxi Cardi, $230, and Turtleneck, $130, both Isabella Oliver,; Jeans, $275, 7 For All Mankind,; boots, $575, Hugo Boss,; Gloves, $95, and hat, $50, Holt Renfrew,; Earrings, $165, Jeweliette,; Handbag, $1,210, Miu Miu, | 41

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These bags are fashionable and functional, too! Whether your tastes run to buttery soft leather, pretty cloth paisley, or sporty red with thermal pockets, these selections will keep you stylishly prepared. 1. Soft leather Ava bag (in Chocolate) $390,

Ramalama, 2. Laminated canvas City Chic bag (in Park Avenue Tulip) $159, Skip*Hop, 3. Insulated, PVC-free Trooper AC Tote (in Red/Charcoal) $49, Mr. B., 4. Polyurethane laminate, PVC-free MotherShip bag (in Geo Black/White) $150, Fleurville, 5. Waterproofed fabric BeTween bag (in Perky Perennials) $99, Ju-Ju-Be,

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Diapers These bottoms are   tops for moms & babies.

photographs by

Eydís S. Luna Einarsdóttir

Looking for the latest in diaper design? Check out these numbers, featuring clever innovations to keep baby comfortable—and chic!

Baby Navi sports a silky soft Bamboozle diaper, by Tot Bots. The slim-fitting Bamboozle is made from eco-friendly bamboo, which absorbs 60 percent more liquid than cotton and is naturally antibacterial.

Baby Jonah is wearing Huggies Natural Fit Diapers, designed in an hourglass shape to provide a natural fit and feel for baby. These super-absorbent diapers come in a variety of playful Winnie the Pooh designs and four different sizes.

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Baby Mia is cozy in Pampers Baby-Dry, made with a unique flex system that stretches and contracts with baby’s tummy to ensure great fit and maximum comfort for your little one. Features ultra-absorbent core and six different sizes.

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Baby Ryan stands tall in his bumGenius One Size cloth diaper, available in four soft pastel colours, plus white. With adjustable sizing to fit newborns to toddlers and simple stretch-to-fit tabs, these diapers make changing time a breeze.

Baby Nathaniel cruises in his cow print Happy Heinys One Size diaper. Made from custom-milled fleece with inserts for extra absorbency, each diaper adjusts to four different sizes to fit baby from birth to potty training.

It’s a brave new diaper world out there, with a variety of functional but fun materials and designs to choose from. It’s estimated that you will change about 6,000 diapers before your child is potty trained, so experiment with   different types of diapers until you find one that works best for you and baby.

Baby Mckenna pretties up with a Bummis Super Brite diaper cover, a lightweight, waterproof cover made with soft Lycra instead of elastic, so no marks are left on baby’s skin. Ensures a perfectly diapered fit in four fun patterns or plain white. b | 45

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Natural, breast-like material and shape reduces nipple confusion and soothes baby while feeding.

100% polycarbonate-free system is leak-resistant and reduces colic with unique Petal vent.

Unique co-molded nipple & bottle means fewer parts to clean and lose. Just turn upside down to fill, twist on the cap then flip over to use.

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Leggings for little ones Stay-at-home mom Nicole Donnelly created BabyLegs to keep her baby daughter Sara’s legs warm while Sara went diaperless to allow air to heal a bad diaper rash. Other mothers wanted BabyLegs for their own little ones, and Nicole began making them and selling them out of a diaper bag. Today BabyLegs are sold in over 50 countries. BabyLegs are the ideal solution to keep Baby’s legs warm during diaper changes or any time when Baby goes diaperless. They also protect the knees when crawling. Available in organic cotton, organic wool, and a wide variety of colours and patterns.

Baby Ryan and Baby Mia wear BabyLegs. Available in a variety of styles at fine baby stores. $15.95.

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Solid foundation Introducing your baby to food

Matthew Kadey, RD

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It goes like this: you’re new to the whole mothering thing, so you Google “baby solid food” and get 736,000 hits. Sigh.

Then your girlfriends are over, and they each offer their own steadfast opinions on introducing grown-up food to your baby. Sigh, again. Never fear, Blush talked solid food with one of the best experts— Dr. Laura Jana, a pediatrician and author of Food Fights: Winning the Nutritional Challenges of Parenthood Armed with Insight, Humor, and a Bottle of Ketchup (American Academy of Pediatrics, 2007). Here’s her scoop.

The why factor. Jana advises that starting at about six months of age, breast milk or formula alone no longer provides enough nutrients (such as iron) for your baby’s proper development. Hence, consider introducing other fare. For optimal nutrition, though, it is best to incorporate breast milk or formula for the first year.

Signs baby is ready for solid food • Sits up and has good head and neck control • Drinks more milk or formula than normal and still acts hungry • Wants more frequent feedings • Shows an interest in food you’re eating • Loses the extrusion reflex, which causes an infant to push out solids with the tongue • Doubles birth weight

The when factor. While six months is the standard medical recommendation for solid food, Jana advises that it may be better to watch your baby rather than the calendar. Anytime before four months is probably too early to introduce solids because of the increased risk of triggering food allergies, but after that babies will begin to offer several signs that they are ready (see sidebar). Head and neck control are of utmost importance. “A baby should be able to sit and hold its neck up before trying more than breast milk or formula,” Jana advises.

The what factor. “A good first food is the classic non-allergenic baby rice cereal that is fortified with the iron needed for proper development,” Jana says. Mix 1 tsp (5 mL) rice cereal with 1 or 2 Tbsp (15 to 30 mL) of breast milk or formula so that it’s still runny but thick enough not to slide off the spoon. Then simply increase the thickness—more cereal, less liquid— taking cues from your baby as he or she adjusts to it. Try one new food every two to three days—this way you’ll get a heads-up if your baby has an allergic reaction to one of them (signs of an allergy include a rash, bloody stools, and wheezing). As for the type of food, Jana advises that “recent data indicates the order among puréed vegetables, fruits, and meats does not matter.” Instead she says to “look at feeding time as a learning experience to determine your baby’s preferences.” Unless your family has a strong history of food allergies, Jana believes there is no reason not to try out foods such as fish, dairy, and eggs. Once you have safely tested various individual items over a couple of weeks, you can start mixing and matching. Some foods, however, such as honey, peanuts, and shellfish, should be avoided until one year of age. If your baby seems to dislike a particular food, don’t push. Try again in a week or so. Similarly, don’t leave food off baby’s menu just because your palate has an aversion to it. While Dr. Jana offers strong guidelines for introducing solid foods to your baby, remember that each child is different and will begin to manage solids at a different time. Trust your instincts, be patient, and don’t fret too much about the food stains. b Matthew Kadey, RD, is an Ontario-based dietitian and writer. | 49

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Splash out on your baby’s bottle! To ensure your little one has a healthy feeding, look for bottles free of bisphenol A (BPA) or other harmful chemicals. Here are some of our favourites.





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that are best for baby

What’s the best bottle for your baby? Consider the following when deciding:

• Newborn babies may only need small

(4 ounce) bottles. However, you may want to start off with larger bottles and only fill them partway; bigger bottles will be handy as baby grows.

• Bottles with an air vent system, an angled shape, or slow-flow nipples can help to prevent excess gas for baby.

• Bottles with nipples designed to mimic a

mother’s breast shape are helpful if you are breastfeeding. They can help babies adjust from breast to bottle more easily.

• Babies often have distinct preferences for

certain bottle and nipple types. Before you stock up on a certain brand, buy one or two types and try them to see which one baby prefers.

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Adiri Natural Nurser

baby bottles have the shape and feel of a natural breast and feature a unique venting system to help prevent air intake for baby during feeding. $14.99,

Green to Grow

bottles, made from safe-for-baby polyethersulphone (PES) plastic, are available in a range of sizes and are sold in 100 percent recycled packaging. From $9.99,

Dr. Brown’s

Natural Flow glass bottles are designed to eliminate air bubbles and provide a positive pressure flow that mimics natural breastfeeding. From $19.99, available at


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Choosing the best formula Here comes the usual spiel: breast is best for baby. However, there are situations that call for a good substitute. We’ve tapped Dr. Glen Ward, a pediatrician and spokesperson of the Canadian Pediatric Society, for the lowdown on what to consider when navigating the formula aisle.

Ironclad. “Naturally found in breast milk, iron is needed to support the rapid blood volume growth that occurs during the first year,” says Ward. Look for formulas that dish out at least 4 mg of iron per litre of formula. To advance iron absorption, added vitamin C can improve iron potency.

Phat fat. A number of formulas are becoming well-oiled with a fat called docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). Dr. Ward sees this as a big step forward, as DHA improves brain and vision development in infants. A study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition showed that infants fed formula with DHA had significantly better visual acuity than infants who did not get DHA.

Matthew Kadey, RD “It’s a good example of formulas coming closer to replicating breast milk,” says Dr. Ward.

A bright light. The sunshine vitamin, vitamin D, is known to be vital in preventing rickets. According to United Kingdom researchers who reviewed several studies on the matter, the risk of later-life type 1 diabetes is significantly reduced in infants who are exposed to vitamin D supplementation. Find a formula with roughly 400 IU of vitamin D per litre.

Not so sweet. Holy sugar, Batman! Some formulas are drowning in sugars, which sets the stage for a long-term sweet tooth. Compare brands and find those that have not overindulged on the sweet stuff. Keeping these four important considerations in mind will help to ensure a productive stroll down the formula aisle. b Matthew Kadey, RD, is an Ontario-based dietitian, writer, and photographer.

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Bottles per day

Amount per bottle

Total per day

0-2 months


2-4 oz (60-120 mL)

23-27 oz (700-800 mL)

3-5 months


5-6 oz (150-180 mL)

35 oz (1,050 mL)

6-8 months


6-8 oz (180-240 mL)

Depends on amount of solid food baby eats

9-12 months


6-8 oz (180-240 mL)

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Some conditions that can be treated with cord blood

In the 1970s researchers discovered that umbilical cord blood could provide the same stem cells—primitive cells that later become our platelets and our red & white blood cells—as those provided by a bone marrow donor.

+ malignant lymphoma + childhood leukemia + sickle cell disease + aplastic anemia + neuroblastoma

Banking on

cord blood Is it right for you?

Michale Hartte, BASc (Nutr)

Cord blood can be collected after vaginal or Caesarean births. Stem cells are then separated from the blood and preserved at a cord blood bank for future use.

Cord blood and transplants. The main reason parents consider banking a newborn’s umbilical blood is because there is a family history of diseases that are treatable with a bone marrow transplant. During a stem cell transplant, stem cells taken from cord blood are given to a recipient, generally a child, whose own stem cells have been damaged by disease. This child may then begin producing new, healthy blood cells, and his or her bloodproducing capacity and immune system will be further enhanced as the stem cells begin to mature. Unlike stem cells from adult bone marrow, stem cells from cord blood do not need to be a perfect match for a successful transplant to take place. Stem cells from cord blood are more adaptable, so the transplant patient’s body is far less likely to reject them.

Important questions. If you decide to bank your baby’s cord blood, make sure to research the facility where the blood will be stored. For instance, you will want to know:

Approximate costs: $825 to $1,125. This often includes registration and storage fees, the cost of a cord blood collection kit, courier service to the cord blood bank, and processing. Annual fees range between $110 and $125.

• how long the cord blood bank has been in operation ow financially stable the facility is—what happens to the stored • hstem cells if the bank goes out of business? f your baby’s stem cells can be transferred to another cord • iblood bank At this time, Canada has 10 private cord blood banks. As well, three public banks currently exist (such as the Alberta Cord Blood Bank) where parents can donate cord blood to other children in need of transplants. For more information, please go to, b

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Natural remedies for your baby

While breastfeeding provides baby with the healthiest start in life, some experts suggest supplementing in certain circumstances. Melina Roberts, ND

Vitamin C. Vitamin C is an excellent antioxidant that helps

Along with supplements, natural remedies can be used safely and effectively to treat many of your little one’s common ailments.

to support healthy immune function. Vitamin C is needed for proper growth and development. It also assists to move toxins out of the body. The recommended dose for ages 2 and under is 50 mg per day which can be added to baby’s bottle.

Vitamin D. Recent research is leading experts to recommend that all infants, including breastfed infants, be supplemented with vitamin D. This is to address an increasing prevalence in vitamin D deficiency and rickets in infants in northern countries such as Canada. The recommended dose is 200 IU per day.

Probiotics. Specifically formulated probiotics for infants will help to lay a solid foundation for digestive health by fostering the growth of healthy bacteria. It also may help to prevent allergies such as eczema.

Essential fatty acids. From as early as six months of age, babies can be supplemented with essential fatty acids (EFAs). This is an essential nutrient for brain and nervous system development and has been shown to support early vision system development in a large meta-analysis conducted by the Harvard School of Public Health.

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Zinc. Premature infants and low birth weight infants are at risk of zinc deficiency. Zinc is an important trace mineral that supports a healthy immune system by helping to prevent respiratory infections and by playing a role in proper reproductive organ growth and development. The recommended dose is 5 mg per day. Multivitamins for toddlers. Most toddlers are not meeting the nutritional guidelines for their proper growth and development. A multivitamin that contains all the B vitamins, vitamins C, E, and A, as well as calcium, iron, zinc, magnesium, and selenium is a good way to ensure that toddlers’ basic nutritional needs are being met. It is important to note that natural supplements can have potential side effects and interactions with medications; therefore it is recommended that you consult with a licensed health care practitioner before giving any supplements to your baby. b

Treating Baby safely with natural products

What is it?

What does it look like?

What causes it?

What do I use?

How do I use it?

diaper rash

a red skin rash over any of the area in contact with the diaper

excessive moisture, too tight diapers, skin sensitivity to chemicals in diaper or detergent, dietary irritant in baby’s diet or in mom’s diet (when baby is breastfed)

calendula creme

Apply calendula creme to affected area at every diaper change.

cradle cap

crusty, flaking, plaque-like rash on baby’s scalp

too vigorous and too frequent hair washing, essential fatty acid deficiency

olive or sesame oil with a few drops of lavender essential oil added

Rub oil onto scalp twice a day.


pain in digestive tract which leads to sudden inconsolable crying lasting at least 3 hours a day, occurring at least 3 days a week, and continuing for at least 3 weeks

sensitivity to formula or to foods in mom’s diet such as dairy, caffeinecontaining foods, wheat, corn, nuts, and spicy foods

castor oil – used externally only

Massage castor oil onto stomach in a clockwise direction while baby is crying to help relieve pain. Do this every evening before bedtime to prevent colic.

bloating, burping, and gas

distended abdomen, release of gas through burping or flatulence

sensitivity to formula or to foods in mom’s diet such as dairy, caffeinecontaining foods, wheat, corn, nuts, and spicy foods

tissue salt Magnesia phosphorica

Pumping babies’ knees into their chest helps to move gas through the digestive tract. Give 2 pellets of tissue salt Magnesia phosphorica daily.


drooling, runny nose with clear discharge, fever, loose stools, biting, sucking on fingers or teethers, waking at night

starts around 5 to 6 months of age and continues until about 2 1/2 years of age

homeopathic Chamomilla 6CH

In acute situations, give 2 pellets of homeopathic Chamomilla every 15 minutes for up to 2 hours, then 2 pellets 3 times per day.

minor cuts and scrapes

superficial bleeding, skin wounds

stumbles and falls

tea tree oil or calendula creme

Apply oil or creme to injury as needed.

insect bite or sting

red and swollen on a well demarcated area of the skin

exposure to insects, bees, or wasps

apil gel relieves itching and swelling; homeopathic Apis Mellifica 6CH relieves pain

Apply apil gel to affected area. Take 2 pellets of homeopathic Apis Mellifica orally every 10 minutes as needed for up to 2 hours, then 2 pellets 3 times per day until bite or sting has resolved.

Melina Roberts, ND, practises in Calgary, Alberta. Her clinical focus includes detoxification, chronic disease, digestive disorders, pediatric and women’s health, and cancer. | 57

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The blood in your baby’s umbilical cord contains a high concentration of stem cells, which are proving to be invaluable for the medical treatment of numerous serious diseases. Since birth is your only opportunity to save your baby’s cord blood, take a moment today to learn more about family cord blood banking. Join the many informed parents who have invested in their family’s future with Lifebank, Canada’s National Service Provider for Umbilical Cord Blood Stem Cell Banking since 1996.

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hair care Tear-free shampoos and gentle spray-in conditioners make bathing baby a breeze.

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belli baby calm me hair & Body wash


Trukid dancing detangler


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bottoms, Belli Baby’s Protect Me Diaper Rash Cream is a pH-balanced balm, made with zinc oxide and natural moisturizing oils to form a gentle barrier against wetness. $12,

body wash Mild body washes get your little one squeaky clean without overdrying skin. johnson & johnson bedtime bath, $4.99

erba organics baby body wash, $13

Li'l goat's milk moisturizing lotion, $6.50

rocky earth mama mountain baby angel baby body butter , lotion, $24.95

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Make sure your child is the best-dressed babe on the block in these fashionable, easy care, and fun fashions from Please Mum. From durable denim jumpers to wale cord pants and comfy snappies, these great outfits are available in Please Mum stores across Canada.

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Snappie with Embellishment in Feather, $16.99; Reversible Pant in Feather Print/Feather, $19.99. Snappie Tee in Vanilla Ice/Basil, $14.99; Wale Cord Pant in Bamboo, $24.99. Layering T-Neck Snappie with Lurex Stripe in Persian, $16.99; Denim Jumper, $24.99. Snappie with Embellishment in Blue Mist, $16.99. t h i s pa g e : Reversible Hooded Cardigan in Feather Print/Feather, $24.99; Reversible Pant in Feather Print/Feather, $19.99.

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TYKES For the older set, warm hoodies, colourful sweaters and pants, and snuggly sleepers from Please Mum will take your trendy tyke from a rough and tumble day at the park to the land of the sandman. Whatever your child’s fashion needs, Please Mum is there for you.

Zip Front Hoodie in Festival, $34.99, Long Sleeve Layering Tee with screen in Persian, $14.99, Fleece Pant in Wasabi, $14.99.

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2-piece Glow in the Dark PJs in Dill/ Phantom/Sterling Blue, $24.99.

Sweater Knit Vest in Slate/Bamboo/Bossa/ Sterling Blue Stripe, Button Front Poplin Stripe Shirt in Bossa

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{ your little one } Fleece Loungewear Hoodie in Bossa, $24.99, Fleece Loungewear Pant in Slate, $16.99.

Sweater Knit Shrug with Sequins in Festival, $26.99, Boot-Cut Denim Pant with Foil Print in Vintage Blue, $34.99, Layering T-Neck Snappie with Rhinestone on Collar in Feather, $16.99, and Glitter Ballet Flat with Gem Stones in Silver, $19.99.

Colour Blocked Hoodie in White, $39.99, Fleece Loungewear Pant in Turquoise, $26.99, Embellished Tee in Heather Grey, $19.99, and Faux Fur Sasquatch Slipper in White, $29.99.

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Striped Knit Toque in Maple/Bossa Stripe, $16.99, Crewneck Striped Sweater in Maple/Bossa Stripe, $34.99, and Wale Carpenter Cord Pants in Slate, $29.99.

Sleeper in Feather, $29.99, Shaggy Fur Boot in Russet, $24.99.

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Blocks are a wonderful toy that help babies build strength in their fingers, as well as work on their hand-eye coordination. Baby Taylor enjoys playing with these high-quality blocks:

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1. T.J. Whitneys’ Original ABC Nursery Blocks, $40, feature storybook images dating from the turn of the century to the 1940s. Made from renewable basswood with non-toxic paint, $40, 2. Melissa & Doug Vintage ABC Blocks are hand painted and come with a convenient storage tray to keep them organized, $29.99, 3. Alexander Girard Alphabet Blocks feature a unique font and design inspired by designer Alexander Girard. Made from replenishable, kiln-dried basswood and printed with non-toxic, lead-free inks, $100, available at Sparkability,

4. Mother Goose Nursery Rhyme Blocks portray images and text from classic nursery rhymes. Made from renewable basswood with child-safe ink, $9.95, available at 5. Uncle Goose Braille Alphabet Blocks are the braille version of Uncle Goose’s classic alphabet blocks. Made from basswood and child-safe inks. Ideal for families with visually impaired members, either children or parents, $29.95, available at Baby Taylor's clothing provided by Please Mum, shoes provided by Robeez.

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Sleepy puppy

Snuggly soft Lavender Lab, by Cloud b, has a soothing, natural lavender scent to help baby drift gently to sleep. $21,

Cute critters

Whimsical handmade cloth creations from Designs by Amber are perfect for one-of-a-kind baby gifts. $48,

Whoooo's cute? Colourful owls by b. delicious provide a cheerful accent to the nursery. Available in several colours. $28,

Walk or ride

Hands-on fun

Playskool’s Step Start Walk ’n Ride from their Busy Basics line helps babies learn to stand and walk. Walker then converts to a ride-on toy, complete with hands-on activities. $19.99,

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Want to entertain your little one with creative play? Try some of these toys. Baby Taylor recommends new monkey friend Verdi, by Blabla, for a playmate!

Rock ‘n roll animal

Toddlers can rock around the clock with Leap Frog’s Learn and Groove Animal Sounds Guitar, which teaches your tot numbers, animals, and music in English and French. $29.99, available at ToysRUs,


Crayons A Go Go Crayons A Go Go, by Sweet Darlin’ Ranch, keep crayons neatly organized. Just roll up the soft cloth holder, and toss in your bag for hours of colouring fun on the run. $16,

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Hanging around Before babies can comfortably hold a toy, hanging toys encourage them to reach, grasp, and shake. Made of beech wood parts threaded onto an elastic band with water-based, non-toxic, lead-free paints. Caterpillar is 10 inches long; Max is 6 inches long. $14.50 each,

Cool bike

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You thought it would last forever, but before you know it your maternity leave is over and it’s time to go back to work. Moms returning to their jobs often experience a range of emotions; it’s exciting to go back to work. But who’s going to look after baby? After spending up to a year at home with baby, dealing with this new chapter in raising a happy and healthy child can be intimidating for even the most confident person. Look at the matter simply—three key factors need to be met to arrive at the best childcare option: financial, emotional, and logistical.

Weighing the options. Each solution will weigh differently. A professionally managed daycare in a commercial setting provides confidence and structure, but may seem cold and overwhelming in size. A homebased daycare can be less expensive and does provide the comfort of a residential home, but can be worrisome in terms of meeting regulations and training needs. Thinking of a nanny? They’re expensive. Do they live in or live out? What work visa issues will you have to deal with? Jay and Melissa Algar struggled with finding the best option for baby Ella, and for themselves. “For us, it was first and foremost about feeling as good as possible about where Ella would spend so much time. Location was important too. We needed a place close to home so it wouldn’t be too hard for us to split pick-up and dropoff duties.” Financial, emotional, and logistical needs? All met. Robynne Ostry, a Toronto mom, also did research before returning to work. “I investigated both daycare and home daycare options, and while we saw some excellent facilities, and I liked the concept of [professionally managed] daycare—the home daycare option worked best for us. Home daycare provided stimulation for our only child and a smaller environment.” While this solution worked best the first time around, when sister Payton came along, Ostry had to consider the needs of both children, as well as the lifestyle of a two-child family. “The second time around we were five years older and didn't think we could manage two different drop-offs. We wanted a more peaceful home life so decided on a live-out nanny.”

Kathy Buckworth

So many different choices. Where to start? Neena Locke, a daycare director and new mother herself, provides parents with a checklist to review. Criteria she recommends include ensuring the centre has an open door policy for parent drop-ins; that there is a stimulating, age-appropriate program in place; that staff are warm and friendly; health and safety codes are met; fees are reasonable; and, if special needs are involved, that they are accommodated. Plus, advises Locke, “Ask if you can talk to one or two parents to see how they like the program.” Any reputable nanny agency should also provide you with recommended questions and criteria when considering hiring, as well as give you contact information for former employer references. A personal reference is important in feeling comfortable. When starting your search, which in busy urban centres can often start even before the baby is born, it’s a great idea to talk to other parents who have been through the process. Vancouver mom-to-be Danielle Benn knew just where to begin. “I started my research by reaching out to those who could provide the best, most up-to-date advice—my friends. They were a fantastic source of information—from providing advice on local agencies that could help pull together lists of local group and family daycare operations to the key questions I should ask when doing my interviews. If there is one recommendation I could make to all the soon-to-be moms, it’s that the sooner you can lock this down, the better.” As with childbirth, the first time you do something is always harder and scarier than the second or third time around. Mom Marlet Erasmus found she had different needs when searching for a nanny for her three children. She jokes: “The first-time mother would be concerned about stimulation and routine whereas the ancient mother of three would at least just like all of them to still be alive by the time she gets back home.” The answer to choosing your best childcare option is finding what works for you, so you can concentrate on your work. b

Kathy Buckworth is the author of Journey to the Darkside: Supermom Goes Home (Key Porter, 2007), and appears on Slice Network’s Birth Days. Her four children have survived every childcare option.

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Good friends & a baby 3 ways to a balanced workout Melanie Osmack photographS by Renat Touichev

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Everywhere you look you see posters for stroller fitness and mom-and-baby boot camps. What happened to child-minding at the gym? Many new moms are opting to include baby in their workouts. Exercising with baby is fun! It’s an opportunity for physical fitness, social interaction, and bonding with baby. Here are three types of fitness classes to try.


Walking Lunges

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Stroller fitness classes

Keep body aligned as you hold for 30 seconds.

Almost always an outdoor class, stroller fitness is a fabulous option for older babies. Alternating between power walking and muscular conditioning keeps even the most active babies happy through class. Babies enjoy their changing surroundings and watching their mommies exercise. Instructors often incorporate songs and chants to keep the babies’ interest.

Tricep Dips

Use your arms, not your legs. Your elbows should point backwards.

60 minute

stroller workout

Equipment to bring along in the stroller: resistance band; yoga mat; water bottle; and baby needs, including diaper bag, snacks, and toys. 10-minute power walk warm-up 10 squats 10 walking lunges Repeat 5-minute power walk 10 bicep curls with resistance band 10 tricep dips on park bench Repeat 5-minute power walk 10 squats 10 walking lunges Repeat 5-minute power walk 10 push-ups on park bench 10 telephone pole rows with resistance band Repeat 5-minute power walk 10 right-arm shoulder raises with resistance band 10 left-arm shoulder raises with resistance band Repeat 5-minute power walk 30-second front plank 30-second side plank (each side) 15 bridges Stretch all major muscle groups

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Ease back into   the gym when you’re feeling   rested enough   to actually enjoy a workout.


a workout snack

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Squeeze your shoulder blades together

Mom-and-baby fitness classes Mom-and-baby fitness classes are usually indoor classes for moms with babies who are happy to lie on a mat and take in all the activity. Moms use weights, resistance bands, body balls, and sometimes their babies to get a full body workout. This type of class is great for new moms who prefer to stay indoors. A good mom-and-baby fitness instructor will accommodate your baby’s needs.

Mom-and-baby boot camp Boot camps are high-intensity classes meant to be the next step after doing cardio and strengthtraining exercises regularly for six to eight weeks. Expect to do highimpact cardio, agility drills, and power moves. Most boot camps also include fitness testing so you can better see the results of all your hard work. Classes can take place inside or out, so be sure to dress accordingly. If your baby is mobile, ask if the class will be appropriate. Whichever type of class you choose, remember these three important rules: it should be fun, it should give you more energy, and you should be able to attend to your baby’s needs at any time. b 78 | blush | Issue 1

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hot baby wheels Micralite Toro Newborn System

Micralite’s Toro Newborn System has a functional design and a sturdy yet lightweight frame. Wiggly babies will be kept comfortable in the stroller’s padded, canopy-covered seat with a versatile sliding function that ensures reclining comfort. Little ones are kept safe and happy in the five-point safety harness, and mom will love the parking brake and bumper bar.

Silver Cross Dazzle

This fashion-forward pram will delight stylish urban moms. The Dazzle is a less expensive, value-added version of Silver Cross’s luxury infant strollers. Its low seat allows children to get in and out without hassle. The Dazzle comes in a chic, soft, and comfortable Baba black fabric, with the option of a black or silver frame for the ultimate in trendiness.

Mutsy Spider

The Spider is a unique three-wheeled, ergonomically designed system. It is a great travel companion and folds easily into a compact bundle. The Spider has a large storage basket and a protective hood to shield children from the elements. It comes in six bright colours with additional accessories such as matching transit and nursery bags, and handy rain covers.

Peg Perego Pliko Switch Completo

This stylish stroller provides the ultimate in comfort and revolutionary design. Long trips are effortless—a reversible seat allows children to face forward or to look at mom. Height-adjustable handles and a cup holder provide added benefits. The front bumper opens for easy access to baby or can be removed for toddlers. The Pliko Switch Completo is available in three colour combinations.

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The family dinner isn’t just a good idea, it promotes healthy development. At STOKKE®, we’re always looking for ways to make the family dinner a more enjoyable and interactive experience. The new Table Top is an easy to clean, clear plastic cover that attaches directly to the table. It features six interchangeable designs that are appropriate for various stages of your child’s development. The Table Top gives your child a contained place of their own, and gives you more opportunities to connect.


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Think beyond a pink or blue nursery and design a wilderness wonderland for baby to dream and play in.


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1. Owl motif wall decals made of adhesive chalkboard vinyl, $69, Chalkals, 2. Sleepi Crib & Mattress grows with your child to

become a bed or chairs, $970, Stokke,; Eco-friendly cotton and hemp Woods Organic Blanket, $115, Amenity,; Baby Sophie wears Dainty white onesie, $19.99, Please Mum, Antler-shaped wire wall hanger, $99, Alexander Taylor,; Handcrafted wooden moose marionette, $38, Fish River Crafts, Rufus the Polar Bear Rocker, $349, David Netto, Care Changing Table, $499, Stokke,; Aqua-Lee Boogaloo knitted cotton doll, $38, BlaBla,; Brown Hounds Tooth Owl, $28, b.delicious,; Soothing Sheep, $27, Sleep Sheep & Friends,; Teddy Bear by Gund,; Care storage baskets, $99, Stokke,




Create an original space for your little one with a themed nursery that incorporates lots of baby-friendly stimuli in the dĂŠcor. The Great White North nursery provides a clean, bright environment for baby. Complete with a snowy white polar bear rocker and wilderness-themed baby blankets, this pretty nursery is practical too. It features a unique change table that allows your baby to face you during diapering and owl wall stencils that your tot can scribble on with chalk.


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Nursery Delights

These contemporary collections will help you create a restful and soothing nursery for your little bundle of joy. Beautiful and originally designed

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Serena and Lily Kate Collection This Three-Piece Crib Set is a fresh twist on classic nursery decor. The charming accent pillow and lovely padded bumper provide many nights of sleeping bliss for your little princess. $539,

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Dwell Transportation Set

Features cars and trucks to inspire imagination. $439,

Lambs and Ivy Bubbles Bubbles away with underwater adventure! $175,

Kids Line Mod Turtle

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{ your life } Feeling cooped up after spending so much time at home with baby? Get out of the house, have some fun, and of course show off your little darling. Before you know it, you’ll forget you haven’t slept for days!

Time for fun Getting out & about

Gail Johnson

Play dates, not hot dates, are where it’s at. Meeting up with other parents and their children not only keeps the kids entertained, but it also allows you to indulge in some adult conversation, share advice, have a laugh, and fend off isolation. There’s plenty to do in between naptime and nursing.

exercise and yoga classes are everywhere. Physical activity does wonders for new moms. Besides helping you shed weight, it also boosts mood, increases energy, and relieves stress. Plan workout sessions with a buddy, since it’s harder to cancel when you’ve got somebody counting on you.

Go to the playground. A trip to the park is foolproof. Kids are forever delighted by swings (or, if you’re lucky enough to live near a water park, by sprinklers), and while you’re watching your little one, you’re guaranteed to strike up a conversation with other neighbourhood parents. Once you’ve met a few local moms, you can meet at the park regularly or start your own playgroup and take turns hosting.

Get wet. Most babies love bobbing in the water. Many public

Catch a movie. No more worries about a screaming child in the middle of the action! Movies for Mommies: The Original Parent and Baby Film Event is now in its seventh year, with weekly screenings in Ontario, BC, Quebec, Saskatchewan, and Alberta. You get a welcome kit at your first flick, as well as treats such as free baby food samples. The event is geared to infants up to 18 months, and despite the title, dads, grandparents, friends, and caregivers are all welcome.

Head to the coffee shop. It’s hard to resist a good cup of java when you’re sleep-deprived, and of course you can always opt for decaf if you have concerns about your breastfed baby getting too much caffeine. Either way, you’ll get a break from the dishes and dirty bibs piling up at home. You and your friends can catch up, flip through newspapers or gossip magazines, and people-watch—or just gaze into your baby’s eyes while someone else pours the coffee.

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pools have swimming lessons for infants as young as three months that involve songs, safety skills, and silliness. Some facilities even have warm therapy pools that are safe to take babies into, a great way for both of you to relax after all that splishing and splashing.

Make time for rhymes. Parent-Child Mother Goose is a nationwide group program that uses interactive stories and songs to strengthen family bonds and foster language and communication. These sessions will take you back to your own childhood as you learn the lyrics all over again to such faves as “Itsy Bitsy Spider” and “Wheels on the Bus (Go Round and Round)". If you don’t have this particular program in your region, most libraries offer free, fun, relaxed, regular storytimes for wee ones.

Be artsy. Check out your local entertainment listings for family-friendly music, theatre, dance, and children’s fests, as well as free outdoor concerts in the summertime. Such happenings are a fabulous way to introduce your children to the arts and to stimulate your own inner culture vulture.

Reconnect with Mother Nature. The second your baby starts to fuss, head outside: the transformation will be miraculous. From leaves blowing in the wind to a spider resting on its web, it doesn’t take much to fascinate a child in the great outdoors. The fresh air will do wonders for you too. b Gail Johnson is an award-winning writer and a mother of two.


Once you’ve met a few   local moms, you can meet at the park regularly or start your own playgroup and take turns  hosting.


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Each serving contains 300 calories; 25 g protein; 6 g total fat (1.5 g sat. fat, 0 g trans fat); 37 g carbohydrates; 4 g fibre; 590 mg sodium

Chunky Pineapple Chicken The slow cooker is definitely a gift from the culinary gods for all busy families. Throw everything into your slow cooker in the morning and you’ll arrive home to the aroma of a home-cooked meal. This recipe can be doubled, but don’t forget to add extra cooking time. 1/4 cup (60 mL) whole wheat flour 1 tsp (5 mL) paprika 1 tsp (5 mL) curry powder 8 skinless, boneless chicken thighs 1 medium onion, diced 1/4 tsp (1 mL) black pepper 3 Tbsp (45 mL) low-sodium soy sauce 1 Tbsp (15 mL) dark brown sugar 1 - 19 oz (540 mL) can of pineapple chunks in pineapple juice 2 large red peppers, sliced into thin strips (culinary term: julienne)

1. In a plastic bag, mix together flour, paprika, and

curry powder. Place chicken in bag, close it, and give it a good shake. Gently place chicken and any remaining flour into slow cooker. Sprinkle with onion and pepper. In small bowl mix together soy sauce and brown sugar. Pour over chicken. Pour pineapple and its juices over top. Place lid on slow cooker and cook on low for 4 to 5 hours, or until chicken is cooked. Remove lid and add peppers. Replace lid and continue cooking for 20 to 30 minutes, or until peppers are soft.






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{ your life } Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins My signature muffins are totally family friendly. They may taste too good to seem good for you, but just don’t overdo it. Each muffin has six grams of fibre, thanks in part to the whole wheat flour, bran, and ground flaxseed. You can grind whole flaxseeds in a coffee bean mill and store them in the fridge for up to three months. Dry Ingredients 1 cup (250 mL) whole wheat flour 3/4 cup (180 mL) wheat bran 3/4 cup (180 mL) ground flaxseed 1/4 cup (60 mL) dark chocolate, chopped, or 60% cocoa mass chocolate chips

1. Preheat oven to 400 F (200 C). Line 12-cup muffin pan with paper cups. 2. In large bowl, using a fork or wire

whisk, mix together all dry ingredients: whole wheat flour, wheat bran, flaxseed, chocolate, baking powder, baking soda, and cinnamon. In medium bowl, beat together all wet ingredients: mashed banana, brown sugar, buttermilk, and egg. Mix well to incorporate mashed banana. Pour wet ingredients into dry ingredients and mix just until combined. Scoop into muffin cups and bake 20 to 25 minutes, or until done.




{ Makes 12 muffins }

1 1/2 tsp (7 mL) baking powder 1 tsp (5 mL) baking soda 2 Tbsp (30 mL) cinnamon Wet Ingredients  1/2 cups (375 mL) mashed banana, 1 about 4 really ripe bananas 3/4 cup (180 mL) dark brown sugar 3/4 cup (180 mL) buttermilk 1 omega-3 egg

Each serving contains 180 calories; 5 g protein; 5 g total fat (1 g sat. fat, 0 trans fat); 136 g carbohydrates; 6 g fibre; 70 mg sodium

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Each serving contains 140 calories; 10 g protein; 9 g total fat (3 g sat. fat, 0 g trans fat); 5 g carbohydrates; 1 g fibre; 400 mg sodium

Greek Pizza Frittata

Frittatas are really for the omelette challenged; no more jiggling or flipping with this easy dinner idea. The frittata looks like a giant pizza when it’s finished and we all know how much most kids love pizza. It’s okay to double the number of eggs used in this recipe, as Canada’s Food Guide recommends a serving of two eggs as a meat alternative.

4 omega-3 eggs 1 Tbsp (15 mL) fresh basil, diced 1 tsp (5 mL) Dijon mustard 1/2 tsp (2 mL) cracked black pepper 1/4 tsp (1 mL) dried oregano 1 tsp (5 mL) extra-virgin olive oil 2 cups (500 mL) baby spinach, chopped 4 kalamata olives, pitted and diced  oz (55 g) or ½ cup (125 mL) light feta 2 cheese, crumbled 1/4 cup (60 mL) salsa (mild, medium, or hot) 2 green onions, chopped

1. In a medium bowl, beat eggs until fluffy.

Beat in basil, Dijon mustard, pepper, and oregano. Heat 11-inch (28 cm) frying pan over medium heat. Add oil; then pour in egg mixture. Let cook for 2 minutes, or until partially set. Sprinkle spinach, olives, feta cheese, salsa, and green onions over the top. Cover pan with a lid and reduce heat to low. Cook for 3 to 4 minutes, or until eggs are cooked through and cheese has melted.




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Totally Kid-Friendly Salmon Cakes This is a great way to get those brain-enhancing omega-3s into your child’s diet. Shape this salmon mixture into fish sticks instead of patties if you like and serve with dipping sauce—low-fat creamy Caesar salad dressing. Use parchment paper when baking for an easy cleanup. 1 1/2 cups (375 mL) wheat and bran cereal 1 small onion, quartered 2 cloves garlic 2 - 7 1/2 oz (213 g) cans of sockeye salmon, well drained 2 Tbsp (30 mL) sweet green pickle relish 2 Tbsp (30 mL) low-fat creamy Caesar salad dressing

1. Preheat oven to 425 F (220 C). Line baking sheet with parchment paper. 2. In food processor, pulse cereal until

fine. Measure out 1/2 cup (125 mL) and set aside to use as coating. Add onion and garlic to food processor and pulse until chunky. Add salmon (bones and all) and pulse several times. Add pickle relish and Caesar salad dressing. Pulse until well combined. Using a 1/4 cup (60 mL) ice cream scoop with a release button, scoop out 8 scoops of salmon and place each into the reserved crumbs. Press each scoop of salmon gently into crumbs, making sure both sides are well coated. Flatten balls to 3/4-inch (2 cm) thickness. Place on prepared cookie sheet and bake 20 minutes. Serve. b





{ Makes 8 - 3-inch (8 cm) cakes, enough for 4 servings of 2 cakes }

Each serving contains 275 calories; 20 g protein; 13 g total fat (2.5 g sat. fat, 0 g trans fat); 18 g carbohydrates; 3 g fibre; 290 mg sodium Mairlyn Smith, PHEc, is a professional home economist, Second City Alumnus, cookbook author, freelance writer, contributor @ Yahoo! Canada, and mom.

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Babies are Boring

by Jon Ritchie Purple Possum Publishing, 2008, 40 pages, $11.95 ISBN-13: 978-0980997002 Babies Are Boring is an adorable rhyming tale of the unconditional love found within families. Though babies may spend much of their time “eating, sleeping, crying, weeping, talking, squawking, wetting, and leaking,” they also win our hearts with their laughter and smiles. In fact, you may look back years later when your babies are older and realize that they weren’t that boring at all. The colourful and comical illustrations of the various animal families are an excellent way to introduce animals to your young one. My husband and I enjoyed it as much as our daughter did.

Reviewed by Jodine Restiaux

Little Hoot

The Pigeon Wants a Puppy

C is for Cooking

by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Jen Corace Chronicle Books, 2007, 28 pages, $13.95 ISBN: 978-0811860239

by Mo Willems Hyperion, 2008, 40 pages, $16.99 ISBN: 978-1423109600

by Susan McQuillan, MS, RD Wiley, 2007, 128 pages, $19.99 ISBN: 978-0471791010

This book is a knee-slapping comedy for children who like to challenge their bedtimes. Little Hoot the owl tries so hard to go to bed early, but house rules don’t allow him to head to bed until late. Hoot tries to kill time by playing hard and wearing himself out. He can’t even stay awake for a bedtime story! Your children will surely find the irony in this playfully written and illustrated story.

Now here is a literary character with plenty of personality! Parents and kids alike will enjoy the antics of the theatrical and larger-than-life pigeon. My two-year-old son eagerly awaits the puppy’s arrival throughout the entire book every time we read it, because the look on the pigeon’s face is priceless. My son thinks it is hilarious!

Aside from the familiar Sesame Street characters scattered throughout, there wasn’t a lot of kid appeal to this book. I’d like to have seen healthier ingredients used more frequently in the recipes, such as more whole wheat flour, and fewer cheese slices! The ingredients are in hard-to-read small print, the pages of the book are flimsy, and I had a very difficult time meeting the suggested preparation times.

Reviewed by Synthia Pfeiffer

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“This is one of the books that you   must have on your bookshelf.” The Creative Family: How to Encourage Imagination and Nurture Family Connections by Amanda Blake Soule Trumpeter, 2008, 224 pages, $19.95 ISBN: 978-1590304716 Soule’s calm and nurturing spirit resonates throughout each written word. She has motivated me to nourish and encourage my children’s creativity. This is one of those books that you must have on your bookshelf. Even a quick glance at the book reminds me how important it is to relax and play with my little ones—the laundry can always be done later. Reviewed by Heather Acob

I Love Dirt! 52 Activities to Help You and Your Kids Discover the Wonders of Nature

by Rebecca Walker Riverhead, 2007, 224 pages, $31.00 ISBN: 978-1594489433

With two kids under three years old, I only have minutes to read these days. Sleep is for the Weak is a quick read for the timecrunched parent. The book is less about etiquette during those embarrassing public parenting situations and more about everyday women using penmanship to get through the zany times. This collection of mommy blogs containing honest, heartfelt short stories will definitely make you laugh.

As the mother of a two-year-old son who loves playing outside, I appreciate the myriad of fresh and playful activities that help families unite with nature. My son and I let a ladybug crawl over our hands, one of this book’s 52 nature-inspired ideas. Weeks later he continues to point to his hands whenever we see one in a book—it just makes my heart melt!

Walker eloquently articulates the many questions all pregnant women ponder— discussing subjects we mothers often grapple with in silence. She incorporates all aspects of pregnancy with creativity and quick wit. Walker’s narrative of her own struggles and successes provides an alternative to the typical “what to expect” informational anthology. I thoroughly enjoyed taking this journey with the author, and I cried with her as she wrote about the birth of her son. b

Reviewed by Ellen Wallace

Reviewed by Chelsea Corsi

Sleep is for the Weak

by Stacy Morrison and Rita Arens Chicago Review Press, 2008, 224 pages, $12.95 ISBN: 978-1556527722

by Jennifer Ward Random House, 2008, 144 pages, $14.95 ISBN: 978-1590305355

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Meet the Numbers

Sesame Street Playground Putumayo Kids, 2008, $14.98

Two Little Hands Productions, 2007, $19.99

Meet the Numbers is an engaging introduction to the numbers zero to 10. My little ones giggled at the creative scenarios that introduced each number. Two-year-old Ben, who is just starting to talk, began echoing the narrator halfway through the video. By the end, his pronunciation had even improved! My favourite feature was the flashcard menu option, a great way to reinforce learning.

The moment our family started listening to the Sesame Street Playground CD, the living room became a wild, wiggle-inspiring dance studio for two-year-old Hannah. Tested by kids and approved by mothers—even the adults couldn’t keep still! This upbeat CD is a worldly adventure, perfect for teaching children about other cultures and countries. It’s a fantastic addition to any child’s musical library!

Your little one will love the catchy songs and charming animations used to teach her how to communicate with sign language. Seeing real-life examples of the words and watching other children make the signs correctly will help to learn the signs that much faster. The DVD is very user-friendly, with a number of viewing options for babies (play first half only) and for parents (review all signs).

Preschool Prep Company, 2005, $14.95

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Baby Signing Time Volume II

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Yes to Running! Bill Harley Live Round River, 2008, $15.98

Bill Harley’s stories are hilarious, and his songs are very catchy. He makes us smile about things that usually drive us crazy as parents! His work also speaks to children— within minutes, my kids were singing along and laughing hysterically. This is the only kid CD I will allow in my car! Reviewed by Teri Schiman

Rockabye Baby: Lullaby Renditions of Radiohead Baby Rock Records, 2007, $16.99 What a treat! I had doubts about this CD, but seconds into the first song, I knew I was going to love it. The instrumentals are simple yet extraordinary. Who would’ve thought that Radiohead’s music could share common ground with beauty and tranquility? My daughter loves it too; we play it at bathtime to get into our bedtime mood. Reviewed by Carmen McKenna

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Babies Go: Madonna

RGS Music Argentina, 2006, $13.99 The songs are reminiscent of my youth and early adulthood. I enjoyed the melodies and found myself intrigued by the beauty of the tunes I had previously overlooked. My daughter perked up when we listened to the CD. She enjoyed the background music in her day as she played and bopped to the upbeat tracks. Reviewed by Carmen McKenna

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