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Celebrity Mommy: Kids’ CBC’s Patty Sullivan ............. 10

ask the experts: Do winter coats & car seats mix? ..............8 finance: Easing tax-time stress ..........................................12 great goods: Our favourite toys, clothes & more ........ 28 - 32 nutrition: Too much salt! How to reduce your child’s intake .......................................................................18 on the town: Holiday happenings ........................................6 resource directory: Listings of local parenting resources ...................................................... 35-39

What you say can affect your child’s intellect for life ..... 12 Decode your child’s cough ...................................... 16 The state of your marriage can affect your child .......... 14 Playdate success: how to make the magic happen .... 24 Coping with childbirth pain electrically ................... 26 Kid-friendly winter walks in Burnaby and Metro Vancouver ....................................................... 22

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Follow us on Twitter! @urbanbabymag We’re on Facebook: www.facebook.com/urbanbabyandtoddler EDITOR Emma Lee DESIGN Emma Lee PRODUCTION Barb Farley CONTRIBUTORS Sarah Alexander, Natacha Beim, Colleen Blundell, Patricia Chuey, Kim Connelly, Daniela Ginta, Sandra Gordon, Stephanie Hutchinson, Christy Laverty, Dr. Michal Regev, Dr. Ayla Wilson ADVERTISING SALES Emma Lee

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any of us—myself included—have had a challenging year. any of us—myself included—have had a challenging year. Maybe we are stressed financially. Maybe we, being the moms Maybe we are stressed financially. Maybe we, being the moms that we we are, are, have have stretched stretched ourselves ourselves paper-thin paper-thin trying trying to to be be all all that things to all people. Maybe we’re just darn exhausted. I know I am. things to all people. Maybe we’re just darn exhausted. I know I am. That’s why why II have have decided decided to to go go into into 2011 2011 with with a a plan. plan. My My 2011 2011 That’s is going going to to be be the the “Year “Year of of Me.” Me.” II wince wince a a little little every every time time II say say that. that. is admit, I’m I’m not not comfortable comfortable making making myself myself a a priority. priority. It It seems seems II admit, decadent, selfish. selfish. And And I’m I’m guessing guessing that that many many of of you you moms moms of of decadent, young ones ones feel feel the the same. same. Putting Putting yourself yourself first first means means everyone everyone and and young everything comes comes behind behind you. you. Sounds Sounds crazy, crazy, but but it it makes makes perfect perfect everything sense. It’s like putting the oxygen mask on yourself before your children on an airplane. You can’t help them if you’re not breathing. So, I invite all of you overworked and overtired moms to put your mask on first, and make 2011 the Year of You. It can be your Christmas present to yourself. So read this issue’s fabulous tips and implement them after you’ve taken care of You. Merry Christmas! Editor Editor

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ince joining CBC seven years ago, Patty Sullivan has been a mainstay on many family TV sets as the perky red-haired host of Kids’ CBC. But she’s more than just the on-air talent; Patty uses her talents to also write and produce Kids’ CBC, which is a five-hour block of commercial-free programing for pre-schoolers that runs every weekday morning. In 2009, she was nominated for two Gemini awards. And this year, Patty

won the Gemini for Best Host in a Preschool, Children’s or Youth Program or Series. In addition to entertaining kids all over the country (and performing on the side—she does small theatre and musicals), she is Mom to daughter Veronica (4) and is expecting her second baby in the spring. We recently had a chance to talk to Patty about her life on and off the air and how the two intertwine.

ubt: How does being a mom help you when you are working? Does it give you a better perspective when you are on Kids’ CBC? ps: Being a mom gives me a “test audience” in my own home! If my daughter laughs at segments, or can tell me what happened in them after she has seen them, that’s a good sign. I wouldn’t say it gives me a better perspective, because every child is different, but it gives me a new perspective. I now look at things not just as a producer, but also through the eyes of my daughter. She sometimes sees things I don’t see, so it’s great.

get to do that? But the best thing is that I am helping to raise a generation of kids and am (hopefully) having a positive impact on thousands of children across Canada. What an amazing feeling that is.

ubt: How do you think your work in children’s TV programming has impacted your parenting, if at all? ps: I’ve learned about the importance of play in childhood development. I’ve also learned how to help my child with the television-watching experience so that it’s a more active, involved experience rather than a passive one. ubt: What is the best part of being Patty on Kids’ CBC? ps: Of course I love the fact that I get to do what I love most, perform! I also get to act silly for a living! How many people

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ubt: There are many out there who do not know you are very involved in stage productions of all kinds. What is that experience like? ps: I have always loved performing on stage. It’s the thrill of it being live, anything can happen at any moment! And the immediate feedback you get from your audience.

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about life on & off TV ubt: Is it difficult separating your life as Patty on Kids’ CBC and Patty the woman, mom, wife? ps: I’m sure my viewers think I’m the same person at home as I am at work, but I am definitely like every other mom, wife and woman out there. I have the same concerns and stresses, and feelings of guilt when I can’t be there 24/7 for my family. ubt: Does your daughter know you are famous? ps: My daughter knows I’m on TV, but since she’s never known any different, it’s not really a big deal to her. She’s seen other kids come up and give me hugs but it’s never really bothered her. I think she knows it’s “part of Mommy’s job.” Perhaps in a few years, once she’s been in school a while and her friends realize who her mom is, she may then think it’s kind of cool. But right now? Whatever! ubt: What about the other

moms? What kind of reaction do you get from them when they realize you are Patty from Kids’ CBC? ps: The usual first reaction is “Oh, my daughter/son loves you!”. Followed by, “How do you stay so perky?” But once they realize I’m a mom just like them, the conversations usually turn to regular wife and mom stuff. Because really, that’s what I am first and foremost. ubt: Did you always want to act? ps: I’ve always loved performing, but never had the drive to follow my dreams all the way to New York or LA. The fear of “never making money doing that” was put into my head pretty early on, so I thought I could just do it on the side for fun. I actually was planning on becoming a veterinarian but fate intervened and I ended up taking Radio & Television Arts at Ryerson University in Toronto. I figured, I could still perform

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but get a more “regular” job in television but even then I hadn’t planned on a career in children’s television. I was going to be an anchorwoman. Funny how life can throw you some great curve balls, isn’t it? ubt: Is there anything else you would like to do or try... either in your work or home life?

ps: I’d love to try my hand at acting in other genres...anything that would expose me to new experiences and new people. And I’d like to travel more, but time and money don’t seem to allow for that...unless someone wants to fly me and my family around the globe for a new TV show! ].

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Mommy the phone”; or “Eat your dinner.” Social talkers use words like what, how and why in their conversations. They constantly try to understand other people: “I wonder why she didn’t call?” or “Where do you think we should go?” They often address these questions with their children, involving them in their thought process. Children whose parents are social talkers strongly benefit from this type of interaction. They generally learn to read earlier and also perform better at school. A good explanation for

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relationship, then your child is at a very high risk for a myriad of psychological, behavioural and social problems. Become aware of the effects that your relationship has on you. It is important that you are aware of your own wellbeing. First, because you are entitled to be well, and second, because it is your responsibility to take care of yourself so that you can take care of your kids. Watch your child’s behaviour and emotional expression. As a rule, human behaviour has a function and a child is no different. If your child is exhibiting distress or is misbehaving, something may be bothering him. Rather than seeing your child as “bad” or “difficult,” ask yourself what he may be reacting to. Avoid fighting in front of your children. If you have conflict, sort it out away from your child. Take a walk to talk your differences

over. If you avoid discussing difficult feelings and issues, there is a high probability that there will be a lot of tension at home, and your child is likely to sense it. Make home as calm as possible. Avoid involving your child in your conflict. Trying to win a child’s support against the other parent is damaging to the child. Avoid it at all costs! Learn to de-escalate conflicts and fights. Many couples tend to have differences of opinion, which escalate to full-blown fights when each partner takes a turn at upping the ante. Learn to de-escalate tense situations to keep your relationship more harmonious. Using “I” statements, taking responsibility and seeing the humorous side of things may help. Caution: Joking works as a de-escalator only if the joke is on yourself. It doesn’t work if you joke at your partner’s expense. Cultivate your relationship.

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private consultations. group seminars. practical solutions. COUGH CLUES: A distinctive, shrill, dry, seal-like bark, which frequently starts in the middle of the night. “The sound is unlike any cough you’ve ever heard before,” says pediatrician Mark Widome, MD, author of Ask Dr. Mark. Other Symptoms: Your child’s illness follows a circadian rhythm: better during the day, worse at night. He may have a slight fever. In severe cases, your child may develop stridor, a harsh, high-pitched sound every time he inhales—similar to the noise kids make after a long crying jag. Likely Culprit: CROUP, a contagious wintertime viral infection that causes the throat and windpipe to swell and narrow. It typically affects kids between six months and three years. (Adults and older children have wider windpipes, so swelling is less likely to affect breathing.) 16 | urbanbaby & toddler | www.urbanbaby.ca | winter 2010 - 11

What to Do: Sit with your child in a steamy bathroom for five minutes; the humidity will help move mucus from his lungs and calm his cough. “After that, bundle him up in warm pajamas and take him out into the cool night air for a few minutes or open the freezer in the kitchen and have your child breathe in the frigid air,” says Bonnie Kvistad, MD, a pediatrician at the Mayo Clinic. The combination of steam then cool air can help reduce airway inflammation. At bedtime, run a cool-mist humidifier in the room; the cold, moist air may reduce airway swelling as well. Call your doctor right away if your child is less than two to three months old, his cough worsens or he’s having trouble breathing. He may need medicine to reduce inflammation. Otherwise, croup often runs its course in three to four days.

COUGH CLUES: A wet or dry, hacking cough without wheezing or fast breathing, day or night. Other Symptoms: Sneezing, a runny nose, watery eyes, and a mild fever (usually less than 101.5 degrees F). Likely Culprit: COMMON COLD, a viral infection of the nose, sinuses, throat, and large airways of the lungs. Coughing usually lasts the entire length of the cold (about 7 to 10 days) but can linger twice as long, with mild improvement each day. What to Do: Keep nasal passages as clear as possible; congestion and postnasal drip worsen his cough. Using a cool-

your child’s cough mist humidifier in your child’s bedroom will help moisten airways to reduce the coughing caused by postnasal drip. For babies and toddlers who can’t blow their nose yet, use nasal saline drops and a bulb aspirator to suction a runny nose. Children’s Tylenol or Ibuprofen can keep him comfortable if he has a fever. If your child’s cough and stuffy nose persist for more than 10 days without improving, see your doctor. Your little one could have asthma, allergies or even enlarged adenoids, which inhibit breathing. Older kids could have sinusitis (a bacterial infection that’s often brought on by a cold). COUGH CLUES: Dry, hacking coughing fits—as many as 25 coughs in a single breath. When your child inhales sharply to catch her breath, she makes a highpitched whooping sound. Other Symptoms: Before the cough starts, your child has a week of cold-like symptoms but no fever. In infants, the illness can be severe and cause mucus to bubble from the nostrils. It

can also lead to convulsions and make a baby stop breathing if she gets tired. Likely Culprit: WHOOPING COUGH (also known as pertussis), a highly contagious bacterial infection of the throat, windpipe and lungs. Children who haven’t received their full immunizations are most vulnerable. Babies routinely get their shots two, four, and six months and additional booster at 15 months and again between four and six years. Immunity wanes as we get older. Therefore, adults may carry pertussis but get only a mild cough. What to Do: Call your doctor if your child’s cough worsens instead of getting better after a week. Babies usually need to be hospitalized to control the cough and have mucus suctioned from their throat. The illness is treated with antibiotics, though the cough can last for many weeks or even months. “Whooping cough is very contagious so children who are not fully immunized who have been in contact with somebody with


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amount of time is required for food manufacturers to reformulate their products and for consumers to adapt their palate to accept foods that taste less salty. We like our salt Data from the 2004 Canadian Community Health Survey indicate that among people aged 9 to 70, over 85 percent of men and between 63 percent and 83 percent of women had sodium intakes exceeding the recommended upper limit. Similarly, in young children, 77 percent of those aged 1 to 3 and 93 percent of those aged 4 to 8 years had intakes exceeding the limit. Among teens, 97 percent

of boys and 82 percent of girls exceed the limit. Too much sodium has been linked to high blood pressure. The World Health Organization (WHO) has estimated that high blood pressure is the leading cause and preventable risk factor for death in the world. In Canada, 19 percent of Canadian adults aged 20 to 79 years have high blood pressure and another 20 percent are classified as prehigh blood pressure. High blood pressure is now being seen in some children, particularly those who are overweight, as young as age 10. Too much salt has also been associated with

your child’s intake heart damage independent of high blood pressure, kidney troubles, damaging effects on calcium status and bone health, increased risk of stomach cancer and in worsening the severity of asthma. Recommended maximum amounts of sodium for kids: • 1-3 years = 800-1000 mg of sodium/day • 4-6 years = 1000-1200 mg of sodium/day • 7-10 years = 1500-2000 mg of sodium/day • 11+ years = 1500-2300 mg of sodium/day Eating less salt Although there are some exceptions, perhaps the best

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ired of the same old outings with the stroller? Been around the neighbourhood too many times to count? Bundle up, because this issue features two great options to get outdoors and enjoy stroller- and familyfriendly trails this winter. TransCanada Trail, Burnaby into Vancouver Also known as The Heights Trail, this route takes walkers from North Burnaby to the eastern edge of Vancouver. Because the trail is well covered by trees, it’s not until the temperature drops and leaves have all fallen that you can truly appreciate the expansive views of the North Shore, Burrard Inlet and Capitol Hill that this trail offers. The views may actually be better in winter than in other seasons. Getting there: Start at Confederation Park, located in North Burnaby near the north end of Willingdon Avenue. To access the trail, the parking lot nearest the lawn bowling green is most convenient, so head north on Willingdon until you reach Penzance Drive. and make a right turn. You’ll see the parking lot almost immediately on your right. The trail starts just across the street at the corner of Penzance and Willingdon. The route is also easily accessible on transit. Terrain: Wide, compact gravel paths with short paved sections. Expect a mix of sun and shade since the first half is exposed while the second half

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Child-friendly is almost completely shaded by trees. The trail gently slopes downward as it travels west gradually getting steeper as it enters Vancouver. Stroller recommendation: Umbrella, all-terrain or anything in between. Length: Departing from the lawn bowling green parking lot, the trail runs less than 2.5 km to take you all the way to the eastern edge of Vancouver just underneath the Ironworkers Memorial Bridge. To complete the entire trail at a leisurely pace in and out with play stops, plan for about 1.5 hours. Family-friendly features: Confederation Park has just about any family-friendly amenity imaginable, including washrooms (with change tables), playgrounds, sports fields, and a library. Along the trail you’ll find benches, a playground (with toddler equipment), and picnic tables —great for a winter picnic. Scenic highlights: Take in a few of the interpretive signs along the way highlighting area history and ecology. Nearby attractions: The Heights neighbourhood offers great shopping along Hastings St. In the warmer months, the miniature train at the Burnaby Central Railway is a hit with kids and parents. Confederation Park is worth a visit even in the winter months—it’s home to many kid-friendly indoor activities at the pool and library. Good to know: Just as the trail approaches the

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walks in Burnaby & Vancouver Ironworkers’ Memorial Bridge, you’ll come to a spot where trains enter and exit a tunnel that takes them under the northern part of Burnaby. Beaver Lake at Stanley Park, Vancouver The beavers after which the lake was named may be gone, but Beaver Lake still has lots of interesting wildlife to hold your attention as you make your way around its shore. Whether it’s a stately blue heron, a noisy family of ducks, or one of the park’s many squirrels or racoons, you’ll more than likely get a chance to point out some of these big city animals to your kids. The trail is a popular one with dog walkers, cyclists and birdwatchers, so it can get a wee bit busy at times. Getting there: From either the North Shore or downtown, enter Stanley Park and make your way toward Malkin Bowl and the Stanley Park Pavilion (located on Pipeline Road). Parking within the area is limited, so transit is an excellent option. To access the trail, head to the northwest edge

of the Rose Garden and look for the trailhead and marker indicating the South Creek Trail. The South Creek Trail meets up with the Beaver Lake trail after a short distance. Terrain: Wide, flat paths of mostly compact gravel. Expect a fair bit of shade as the route travels through Stanley Park’s stunning coastal forest. The route takes you directly along the water’s edge. Stroller recommendation: Umbrella, all-terrain or anything in between. Length: The loop will take about 45 minutes. With plenty of other trail options in the area, it’s easy to extend your walk with alternate routes, which are clearly marked. Family-friendly features: Washrooms (available at the pavilion), benches, and a playground (including toddler equipment). Scenic highlights: The path was designed to accommodate wheelchairs and incorporates several wooden platform rest areas. These are perfect to park the stroller and let kids out

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How to make the exposed to other children, because parallel playing enables them to learn about social interactions. Gut feeling. If your kid doesn’t get along with one of his buddies, do you still get them to play together hoping they will learn or do you let them play favourites until they are old enough to understand the concept of trying to get along no matter what? “If your child gets along well with most children but has a hard time with a couple of them, it is a good idea to respect their feelings and not pressure them to get along,” says Eugster. But, she adds, it may help to ask your child about what she likes or dislikes when playing with other children. Age is not necessarily an indicator of how well children get along; most times, it’s simply a matter of chemistry. Some children have it from the beginning while others will get along as they know each other better. If your child does not relate to other kids easily though and seems to have a hard time making friends, it is a good idea to assess her social skills closely to see what prevents her from making friends. And yes, some children are simply shy and take a while to warm up to the idea of playdates. Parental involvement —how much? When children are young, it is recommended that parents stick around and maybe engage the children every now and then if they


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with childbirth pain electrically intensity is fully adjustable by the user. What is the difference between an ordinary TENS machine and an OB TENS machine? The ordinary TENS machines such as the Dr. Ho TENS units will be less effective as the maternity TENS uses larger pads to transmit the electrical stimulus. They also are programmed with specifically designed programs to accommodate the variable timing of contractions. The variable programs and the ability to ‘boost’ allows for an increase in pain relief during

contractions, these however, do not exist on the standard (Dr. Ho) TENS units. When do I start using the TENS machine? The use of the OB TENS during early labour releases endorphins in a timely matter throughout labour. It is recommended to start using the OB TENS machine at the onset of contractions (home or hospital). How long should the OB TENS be used? The OB TENS machine should be used for a minimum of 60 minutes and can be used as long as desired during

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green dreams Kinderel’s organic baby wear is a dream and this new bamboo/cotton nightie is perfect for sleeping baby. The kimono style makes dressing and undressing easy. Open elastic at the bottom gives baby room but also keeps him covered. Reverted sleeve cuffs too. Fits newborn to 3 mos. Retails for $29.95. FIND IT: Lusso Baby, 1037 Marine Dr, N Vanc (www.lussobaby.ca). Other retailers, visit www.kinderel.com.

These New Zealand long-sleeve tops are both luxurious and durable. Made by Three Bags Full, these pullover shirts are made of 100% merino wool, allowing them to adapt to temperature (whether warm or cool), and to breathe, keeping little ones comfortable. We love that these tops are extraordinarily soft, machine-washable, lightweight (great for layering) and hypoallergenic. Available in sizes 1 and up. Lots of colours available. Retails for for about $34 each. FIND IT: www.threebagsfullchildrenswear. com

elvis is in the building The “Elvis” sneakers, by GEOX, would give the King’s blue suede shoes a run for their money. This junior leather shoe is breathable and—this is our favourite part—features a waterproof sole (something Vancouverites can appreciate all too well!). Available in great gender-neutral colours so you can put them on your urban boy or girl. FIND IT: For retailers, visit www.geox.com

full protection These ingenious mittens keep snow in the great outdoors and out of your child’s mittens! With a removable snug fleece sleeve attached to the waterproof Thinsulate mitten, the Mitt-On has your child covered up to his/her elbows. Features zipper for easy access to hands, adjustable wrist, and rip-resistant tip. Sizes start from 2 yrs and up. Retails for $24.95. FIND IT: www.onsgear.com

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sesame street If you’re a parent reading this magazine, chances are you grew up watching Sesame Street. We know you’ll love these knit toques and gloves à la Sesame Street characters. Choose from Bert & Ernie, Grover, Elmo, the Cookie Monster and Oscar. The question is: how can you choose just one? Retails for $29.95 for the hat and mitten set.

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Go bold with the modern stylings of the locally designed Zoolu Organics line. So long, cutesy; hello, urban! The colours of this

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line are gender-neutral (think khaki, black, cream) with a striking punch of hue in the wildlife-inspired graphics. The activewear is made from 100% certified organic cotton (interlock cotton), and is screen-printed by hand. Sizes from 6 mos and up. Zoolu Organics offers body suits, short- and longsleeve shirts, and pants. Prices start at $24. FIND IT: www.zooluorganics.com

Featured on this issue’s cover model (see Isabelle on the front cover in the pink version), the Only A Girl Coat by Peekaboo Beans is sweet and stylish. With ruffle detailing on the back and front, bowtie embellishments on the slightly-flared sleeve, and Peekaboo Beans’ trademark attention to detail (easy zippers, flat seamless stitching, and no itchy tag!), this coat is a girl’s best friend in cooler weather. Available in green or pink. Retails for $85. FIND IT: EIO! 3404 Cambie St, Vanc; jack & lola, 135 W 1st St, N Vanc; Lusso Baby, 1037 Marine Dr, N Vanc.

silkberry baby chic diaper covers The tailored look of the new gPants, by the makers of gDiapers, brings diapers to a whole new level. These diaper covers are breathable, comfy and made of breathable material. With Velcro tabs. And they come in a variety of gorgeous colours. FIND IT: www.gdiapers.com

Silk for baby? You betcha. By Silkberry Baby, this sleep sack is filled with removable 100% mulberry silk floss (so you can use it for cold weather and remove it for warmer), which the manufacturer says is 100% natural, odourless and hypoallergenic. It’s also breathable and eco-friendly. The removable cover is made of 100% cotton. Sizes: newborn to 36 mos. Retails for $85.99. FIND IT: Room for Two Maternity, 1409 Commercial Dr, Vanc. More retailers, visit www.silkberrybaby.com urbanbaby & toddler | www.urbanbaby.ca| winter 2010 - 11 | 31

great goods growing creativity

oobr good The ultimate convertible child seat that grows with your child by Clek. When your child is young, put the OOBR car seat in full-back position, And then, when he is big enough, remove the back and you’ve got a booster seat. It’s comfy, safe (latches into your vehicle’s LATCH anchorage system), and designed for the modern-minded. Retails for about $319. FIND IT: Active Baby, Capilano Mall, N Vanc, www.activebaby.ca; Baby On Board, Richmond Centre Mall, Rmd and 790-3025 Lougheed Hwy, Coq, www. babyonboard.ca; Boomers and Echoes, 1985 Lonsdale Ave, N Vanc; jack & lola, 135 W 1st St, N Vanc; Lusso Baby, 1037 Marine Dr, N Vanc, www.lussobaby.ca

Anything that inspires kids to create tops our list. These kits, made by Seedling, fit the bill. With nearly 70 different kits, Seedling has something for everyone. New parents can put their creativity to work with the Baby Blanket Kit complete with knitting needles and yarn, the Baby Mobile Kit, or the Baby Tees Kit where you can decorate baby tshirts. For kids of all ages (that means adults too). Kits include puppets, storybooks, erupting volcanoes, cards, capes, a veggie patch and more. We love this line! Retail prices vary. FIND IT: www.raspberrykids.com; or Nestings Kids, 2126 W 41st Ave, Vanc.

the mane event If you’ve ever struggled with your daughter’s unruly or fine hair, you’ll appreciate the Kula Klip. With fantastic staying power—the hair clips feature a non-slip silicone grip—these barrettes go on easily and stay put. The 100s of designs ensure something for every outfit and preference. FIND IT: Room for Two Maternity, 1409 Commercial Dr, Vanc; EIO!, 3404 Cambie St, Vanc; or www.kulaklips.com

smart containers Steer clear of BPAs, phthalates and plastic with Fill Your Own’s stainless steel food containers. Durable, airtight, leak-proof and dishwasher safe. The twist-on stainless steel lids keep your safely inside. Features designs (Fairy Tea Party, Panda Play, Raining Cats & Dogs, and Four Elements) by Canadian artists. The containers are 100% recyclable. Comes in sets of 2 (8 & 16 oz or 16 & 24 oz) starting at $25.99, singly starting at $11.99 each. FIND IT: Whole Foods Market Cambie, Vanc and West Vanc; www.fillyourown.ca. 32 | urbanbaby & toddler | www.urbanbaby.ca | winter 2010 - 11

therawise Keep baby’s tushie dry and healthy. New from Thera Wise (a Vancouverbased company) is a natural diaper rash ointment that reduces skin irritation and inflammation while moisturizing and protecting baby’s diaper area. It is a non-greasy, plant-based and alcoholfree formulation. FIND IT: Hip Baby, 2110 W 4th Ave, Vanc; Finlandia Pharmacy; www.well.ca.


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Decode your child’s cough cont’d from p 16 whooping cough should see their pediatrician. They may be given prophylactic antibiotics,” Dr. Kvistad says. COUGH CLUES: A wheezy, crackly, persistent cough after your child eats. Coughing episodes typically worsen when she’s lying down. Other Symptoms: She may feel a burning sensation or may vomit or belch when swallowing. A baby might be fussy or have been labeled as colicky. Toddlers may develop wheezing and picky eating habits. Likely Culprit: GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease), caused by a weak or immature band of muscle between the esophagus and stomach that allows acid to flow back up. Sometimes the irritating juices can enter the lungs, causing a chronic cough. What to Do: See your pediatrician if your child’s wheezy cough lasts longer than two weeks. He may recommend keeping your baby upright for at least 30 minutes after feedings and elevating the head of her mattress while she sleeps. Prescription medicine can also control GERD symptoms.

COUGH CLUES: A persistent cough that’s often whistling or wheezy, lasts longer than 10 days, and worsens at night or after your child exercises or is exposed to pollen, cold air, animal dander, dust mites, or smoke. Other symptoms: Your child is wheezing or has laboured, rapid breathing. Likely Culprit: ASTHMA, a chronic condition in which small airways in the lungs swell, narrow, become clogged with mucous, and spasm, making breathing difficult. Common asthma triggers include environmental irritants, viral infections, and exercise. “Children with asthma, in essence, have sensitive lungs,” says Dr. Widome. What to Do: In mild asthma cases, a chronic cough may be the only symptom, Dr. Widome says. See your doctor for an accurate diagnosis. Mention any family history of allergy, asthma, or eczema, which can increase your child’s likelihood of the disease. COUGH CLUES: A mildly hoarse, throaty cough that comes in frequent spells and

can be either wet or dry. Other Symptoms: Your child feels listless and complains that his throat is scratchy and sore, his head hurts, and the muscles in his back and legs ache. He may also have a runny nose, fever, and nausea. Likely Culprit: FLU, a viral respiratory illness that’s most common from November through April. What to Do: Call your doctor if your child has a fever above 101.5 degrees F, is throwing up, has diarrhea, or is uninterested in eating or drinking (your doctor will recommend steps to prevent dehydration). Give your child plenty of fluids, and use a humidifier to ease congestion in his airways. Also, to ward off future bouts of the flu, ask your pediatrician about getting your child an annual flu shot; it’s recommend for children six months of age and older. COUGH CLUES: A phlegmy or wheezy cough that’s often accompanied by fast, shallow, or difficult breathing. Other Symptoms: Your child starts out with cold symptoms, such as sneezing or a stuffy or runny nose, that last about

a week, and may develop a fever up to 103 degrees F. He’s lethargic and makes a wheezing sound when he exhales. Likely Culprit: BRONCHIOLITIS, an infection of the tiny lower airways in the lungs called bronchioles. It’s usually caused by respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) and most often occurs from late fall to early spring. Not to be confused with bronchitis (a frequent upper-respiratory infection in older kids and adults), bronchiolitis is common among babies and toddlers. “Almost all kids will get a bout of it by age three,” says Susanna McColley, MD, division head of pulmonary medicine at Children’s Memorial Hospital. What to Do: Call your pediatrician right away if your child seems to be struggling to breathe or is too irritable to eat or drink. Infants with bronchiolitis sometimes need to be hospitalized to receive oxygen treatment. If your child’s symptoms are mild (a wheezy cough without breathing trouble), put a cool-mist humidifier in his room to help loosen mucus in his lungs, and make sure he drinks plenty of fluids. ]

Feed your child less salt cont’d from p 19 sauces, hot dogs, processed meats, pizza, pickles, salad dressings, chips, pretzels, other crunchy snack foods and even some canned vegetables. Many commercial breads and readyto-eat cereals can be saltier than necessary. Check labels. For reference, every 2500 milligrams of sodium is equivalent to 1 teaspoon of salt. Roughly 77 percent of

the excess sodium we eat comes from processed foods. To reduce your family’s salt intake, it makes sense to start by limiting these foods than to simply stop using salt in cooking—but if you can use less in this way, it’s still worthwhile. Not adding salt to baby’s vegetable purées, chopped meats and other first foods is a key way to prevent them from

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developing a penchant for salt in the first place. Babies/kids don’t need added salt. The naturally occurring salt in the healthy foods we eat meets our needs. Use salt alternatives for flavour: • Garlic, fresh lemon or lime juice, fresh or dried herbs all add great sodium-free flavour • Dried mustard powder to extend the cheese flavour of a sauce without having to add

extra cheese • Rinse canned foods like tuna, salmon or black beans before using them in cooking • Add a bit more water or milk than suggested to canned soups, sauce or pudding mixes. And stay well hydrated. Salty foods can leave thirsty. ] Patricia Chuey is a registered dietitian, media consultant and Mom. She can be reached through www.patriciachuey.com.

Playdate success cont’d from p 25 Sharing. Yes, the big word. And no, your child is not the only one who doesn’t share his stuff. While young children have a hard time understanding the concept, older ones know what sharing is about but don’t want to do it fearing their toys might get broken. What to do? First of all, allow your child to put aside some of their toys if he feels they are too precious to share, Eugster advises. At the same time, do explain to them that sharing their toys makes the other kids feel welcome and that’s what everybody wants when they go for a visit with friends. Yet even with the best strategy in place, conflict will still happen. Let children solve the sharing dilemma on their own, Eugster says, unless, of course, they become aggressive. Playdate etiquette, regardless of age. One thing that every parent should keep in mind is that setting rules from the beginning makes for smoother times when it comes

to playdates. If your child or his visiting friends are rude or become aggressive, you should step in and remind them of the rules of the house, advises Eugster. Disciplining a child other than your own is a delicate situation, some parents agree with your approach and some don’t. While they may not agree with your rules, all parents want their children to be safe and well-behaved whether in their own home or somebody else’s. If your kid’s playmate has a challenging behaviour, it might be a good idea to discuss it with the other parent in order to find solutions, should the kids want to still play together. Even the best-mannered and calm child might challenge parents with his behaviour but that should not stop children from having fun and you from having peace of mind. In other words, be prepared and fun will follow. ]

Watch your language cont’d from p 13

have more to contribute to a conversation than you thought. The more you involve them in discussions, the more developed their opinions become. This enriches the conversation. Soon you will find dinners at home with your kids are like dinners with friends: good talk and lots to share! If you are not a social talker by nature, or just not around your child, I encourage you to “watch your language” for 30

days and see for yourself the amazing results! This simple change in your life will become so natural after a while that you won’t even notice you are doing it. For your children, however, it will be a gift to cherish for the rest of their lives. ] Natacha V. Beim is a writer, speaker, teacher, and the founder or Core Education & Fine Arts Junior Kindergarten schools (www. cefa.ca). You can reach her at natacha@cefa.ca

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Breastfeeding Clinics and/or Support Abbotsford Health Unit 104–34194 Marshall Rd, Abbotsford 604-864-3400 Drop-in breastfeeding clinics & breast milk depot for breast milk bank

Breastfeeding Clinics and/or Support cont’d Milk Bank at BC’s Children’s Hospital 4480 Oak St, Vancouver 604-875-2282 Donate or receive breast milk Newborn Hotline 604-737-3737 Telephone info & referral service for questions about babies birth to age 2. Open 24 hours. Serves Richmond & Vancouver. North Shore Health Region 604-983-6700 Serving North & West Vancouver North Surrey Public Health Unit 220–10362 King George Hwy, Surrey 604-587-7900 Breastfeeding clinics by appt only Pacific Spirit Community Health Centre 2110 West 43rd Ave, Vancouver 604-261-6366 Breastfeeding clinics by appt only; avail Wed am Richmond Health Department 7000 Westminster Hwy, Richmond 604-233-3150 By appointment only, Weds, 1-3pm South Delta-Ladner Public Health Unit 4470 Clarence Taylor Way, Ladner 604-952-3550 Breastfeeding clinics by appt only Vancouver Breastfeeding Clinic 340–943 W Broadway, Vancouver 604-738-1912 www.breastfeedingclinic.com

BC Women’s Hospital Breastfeeding Classes 4500 Oak St, Vancouver, 604-875-2282 Breastfeeding clinics by appt only

White Rock Public Health Unit 1185 Centre St, White Rock 604-542-4000 Breastfeeding clinics by appt only

Burnaby Hospital 3935 Kincaid St, Bury; 604-434-4211 Breastfeeding clinics by appt only

Child Care Resource & Referral

Burnaby Region–Fraser Health Authority 604-918-7605 Drop-in breastfeeding services at two locations: • McGill Library, Program Room: Wed, 1–3 pm 4595 Albert St, Burnaby • Eastburn Community Centre: Thurs, 1–3 pm 7435 Edmonds, Burnaby Cloverdale Public Health Unit 17536–58th Ave, Surrey 604-575-5100 Coquitlam Preventative Health Services 200–205 Newport Dr, Port Moody 604-949-7200 Breastfeeding clinics by appt only Guildford Public Health Unit 10233–153rd St, Surrey 604-587-4750 Breastfeeding clinics by appt only (available Tues afternoons & Fri mornings) La Leche League 604-520-4623 Serving the Lower Mainland www.lalecheleaguecanada.ca Langley Public Health Unit 22033 Fraser Hwy, Langley 604-532-2300 Breastfeeding clinics by appt only

Abbotsford Child Care Resource & Referral 100 - 32475 Simon Ave, Abbtfd 604-850-7934, www.childcarechoices.ca Child Care Resource & Referral (CCRR)* Your community’s best source of child care information & resources. Supporting families and child care providers in BC. Toll-free: 1-888-338-6622 www.ccrr.bc.ca See ad on page 14 Child Care Options Resource & Referral 6878 King George Highway, Surrey 604-572-8032 childcareoptions@options.bc.ca www.childcareoptions.ca Serving Surrey, White Rock & Delta Langley Child Care Resource & Referral 20577 Fraser Hwy, Langley, 604-533-4425 North Shore Child Care Resource & Ref 201–935 Marine Dr, N Van, 604-985-7138 Richmond Child Care Resource & Referral 190–700 Minoru Blvd, Rmd 604-279-7020 Sea to Sky Child Care Resource & Referral • 38370 Buckley Ave, Squamish 604-815-4144 • Pemberton 1-877-894-6106 (Grace)

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Food–Nutrition cont’d

Parent & Tot Programs cont’d

Sunshine Coast Child Care Resource & Referral • 5520 Trail Ave, Sechelt 604-885-5657 • 659 North Road, Gibsons 604-886-3103 • Pender Harbour 604-883-2827

Tania Zulkoskey Counselling* Counselling can help strengthen relationshipos, sort out mixed feelings and process trauma. LGBTQ welcomed. Your family story begins with you. 604-771-8647 tzcounselling@ yahoo.ca See ad on page 27

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Vancouver Child Care Resource Centre 2772 E. Broadway, 604-709-5661 www.childcareresource.ca


Corinne Eisler, Registered Dietitian, Pediatric Nutrition Expert* Corinne is a registered dietitian and pediatric nutrition expert that can help you with your child’s nutrition or feeding issues, and she will help you and your child to be a confident happy eater! Visit www. eislerforkids.ca for more info. See ad on page 25

Westcoast Child Care Resource Centre 2772 East Broadway, Vancouver 604-709-5661, www.wstcoast.org Westcoast Family Info & Referral 2772 East Broadway, Vancouver 604-709-5699; www.wstcoast.org YMCA Child Care Resource & Referral Serving Burnaby, New Westminster, and the Tri-Cities (Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam, Port Moody, Anmore and Belcarra) • Tri-Cities: 1130 C Austin Ave, Coquitlam 604-931-3400; triccrr@ vanymca.org • Burnaby/New Westminster: 33–250 Willingdon Ave, Bby 604-294-1109; vanymca.org Children’s Programs Aquaventures Swim Centre* “A Vancouver swimstation since 1984!” Tropical warm water and excellent teachers make every lesson an aqua-adventure! 604-736-7946 www.aquaventuresswim.com See our ad on page 8 BrightStars Program* Enrich your life with the BrightStars Program and let your child blossom. Learn dance, music and movement in this highly energetic and caring program. Classes held in Kitsilano, Yaletown & Dunbar from 1 - 13 years old. Please call Miss Jordan at 604662-8554 or email info@ brightstars.ca www.brightstars.ca See ad on page 25 Gymboree Play & Music* www.gymboreeclasses.com Our locations: Vanc & North Shore: 604-739-1190 Email: vancouverbc@gymboreeclasses.com Coquitlam/Tri-Cities: 604-945-4967 Email: coquitlambc@ gymboreeclasses.com Award-winning play, music, arts and baby signs classes for newborns to 5-year-olds. See ad on page 15 Circumcision Pollock Clinics* Dr. Pollock is a pioneer in North America in developing a virtually bloodless and painless 40-second procedure for infant circumcision. Dr. Pollock has safely performed over 28,000 circumcisions (from newborn to six months) with an extremely low complication rate. 604-717-6200 www.circumcisionvancouver.com See ad on page 24

Tot 2 Teen Dental Care* Dr. Anita B. Gartner Inc. #219-179 Davie Street Vancouver 604-569-3669 www.tot2teendental.com admin@ tot2teendental.com “Your child’s care is our focus.” See ad on page 19 Diapers Cloth Diapers EH!* Cloth Diapers EH! is home of the Bare Bun diapers that were featured on Global News! Our diapers are designed and made locally: come check out our awesome swim diapers and new cloth diaper rental program. www.clothdiaperseh.com 250-378-0211 250-378-0001 See ad on page 13 Happy Nappy Cloth Diaper Service* Happy Nappy is the new way to cloth diaper your child. Happy Nappy diapers are just as convenient and absorbent as other diaperese, and best of all, Happy Nappy is cost-effective and environmentally friendly. langley@ happynappy.ca happynappy.ca 604-539-8322 See ad on page 5 Doulas Doulas of North America (DONA) 1-888-788-DONA; www.DONA.org Doula Services Association, BC 604-515-5588; www.bcdoulas.org Education Core Education & Fine Arts* CORE Education & Fine Arts is Canada’s first Junior Kindergarten school. Highly recognized for its leading academic program. For more information about our schools or to find a location near you, please visit www.cefa.ca for more details. See ad on page back cover Fitness Runners and Booties* Runners and Booties Fitness offers specially designed fitness classes for mom and baby since 2005. Come try our new program Salsa Babies and Salsa Tots. For information call 778-285-6265. See ad on page 27 Food–Nutrition BC Women’s Hospital Nutrition counselling for pregnant women. Free service/no referral necessary. 604875-2330

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Recipes to the Rescue* Recipes to the Rescue is a free newsletter for the everyday cook adding inspiration to the routine of daily cooking. Simple recipes full of fresh seasonal foods. To receive the free seasonal newsletter, go to www. recipestotherescue.ca. See ad on page 18 Vitamin K Nutrition Consulting* Helping parents have fast, easy, healthy meals that both you and your kids will enjoy! Introducing solids, picky eaters, meal planning, grocery store tours & kitchen essentials. 604-506-0399 www.vitaminkconsulting.com See ad on page 18 Health Services Dr. Ayla Wilson, ND* Dr. Wilson is a naturopathic physician with a holistic family medicine practice. Pediatrics, prenatal, fertility, autism, and ADHD. Naturopathic care for you and your little ones! 604-988-1411 www.DrAylaWilson.com See ad on page 23 Hypnomammas* Offering Hypnomammas: complete childbirth education & hypnosis at their best! Hypnosis for fertility, pregnancy, birth and beyond. Enjoy your baby’s birth! www.hypnomammas.com 604-375-8831 See ad on page 17 Midwives Pacific Mdwifery Practice* Established since 1996. Registered midwives working with you, your baby and family, to provide the best possible pregnancy and birth experience. 680B Leg-in-Boot Square, False Creek, Vanc 604-874-7999 www.pacificmidwiferypractice.ca See ad on page 23. Midwives Association of BC 336–5740 Cambie St, Vancouver 604-736-5976 Parent & Tot Programs

Confederation Comm Centre 4585 Albert St, Burnaby, 604-294-1936 Eastburn Community Centre 7435 Edmonds St, Burnaby, 604-525-5361 Edmonds Community Centre 7282 Kingsway, Burnaby, 604-525-1671 Eileen Dailly Leisure Pool & Fitness Centre 240 Willingdon Ave, Burnaby, 604-298-SWIM Willingdon Heights Community Centre 1491 Carleton Ave, Burnaby, 604-299-1446 CLOVERDALE CloverValley Family Resource Place 604-671-9079 COQUITLAM Chimo Indoor Swimming Pool 620 Poirier, Coquitlam, 604-933-6027 COQUITLAM cont’d City Centre Aquatic Complex 1210 Pinetree, Coquitlam, 604-927-6999 Pinetree Community Centre 1260 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam, 604-927-6960 Poirier Community Centre 630 Poirier, Coquitlam, 604-933-6010 DELTA Ladner Leisure Centre 4600 Clarence Taylor Crescent, Delta, 604946-3310 Sungod Recreation Centre 7815–112th St, Delta, 604-952-3075 Winskill Aquatic & Fitness Centre 5575 9th Avenue, Delta, 604-952-3005 FRASER VALLEY The Family Resource Program Network of the Lower Fraser Valley offers toy libraries, drop-in programs, support, art activities. Alexandra Family Place, 604-535-0015 Bridgeview Family Place ,604-580-2344 Delta Family Place, 604-591-9262 Guildford Family Place, 604-583-3844 Kla-how-eya Aboriginal Centre of SACS 13629 – 108th Avenue, Surrey, 604-5842008 Ladner Family Place, 604-946-0324 Langley Family Place, 604-534-7921 Newton Family Place, 604-572-8032


South Delta Family Place, 604-946-6622

Bonsor Recreation Centre 6550 Bonsor Ave, Burnaby, 604-439-1860

Semiahmoo Family Place, 604-535-6263

Burnaby Family Place Drop-in for parents and their kids 0-6 yrs 410 Clare Ave, Burnaby, 604-299-5112


CG Brown Memorial Pool 3702 Kensington Ave, Burnaby, 604-299-9374 Cameron Recreation Centre 9523 Cameron St, Burnaby, 604-421-5225

Whalley Family Place, 604-580-2344 Douglas Recreation Centre 20550 Douglas Crescent, 604-514-2865 Langley Civic Centre 20699–29th Ave, Langley, 604-530-1323 WC Blair Recreation Centre 2220 Fraser Hwy, Langley, 604-533-6170

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Walnut Grove Comm Ctr & Aquatic Ctr 8889 Walnut Grove Drive, 604-882-0408

Richmond Family Place 8660 Ash St, 604-278-4336


Sea Island Centre 7140 Miller, Richmond, 604-718-8000

Kitsilano Neighbourhood House @ Acadia Pk Multicultural drop-in for parents and their children 0-4 yrs. M, W, F, 10 - 11:30 am. Acadia Park & Apartments, 2707 Tennis Crescent, UBC Campus, Vanc 604-736-3588

Mount Lehman Library 5875 Mount Lehman Road 604-856-4988

Canada Games Pool & Fitness Centre 65 E 6th Ave, New West, 604-526-4281 Centennial Community Centre & Fitness 65 E. 6th Ave, New West, 604-777-5100 Century House-Moody Park recCentre 620–8th St, New West, 604-519-1066 New Westminster Family Place #101-93 Sixth St, New West, 604-520-3666 Songs, crafts, parent education classes. All programs free, Mon - Sat, 9:30 - 11:30 am; Mon & Tues 1 - 3 pm. Queensborough Community Centre 920 Ewen, New West, 604-525-7388 MAPLE RIDGE Maple Ridge Public Library 130 - 22470 Dewdney Trunk Rd 604-467-7417 NORTH VANCOUVER Delbrook recCentre 600 Queens Rd, North Vanc, 604-987-7529 Karen Magnusson recCentre 2300 Kirkstone Pl, N Vanc, 604-987-7529 Lynn Valley recCentre 3590 Mountain Hwy, N Vanc,604-987-7529 Parkgate recCentre 3625 Banff Crt, N Vanc, 604-987-7529 Ron Andrews recCentre 931 Lytton, North Vanc, 604-987-7529 Seylynn recCentre 605 Mountain Hwy, N Vanc, 604-987-7529 William Griffith recCentre 851 W Queens Rd, N Vanc, 604-987-7529 W.V. Family Place Adventure Playground Bldg, Ambleside Park, 604-925-7172 PORT COQUITLAM Hyde Creek Recreation Centre 1379 Laurier, Port Coquitlam, 604-927-7946 www.portcoquitlam.ca Port Coquitlam Recreation Ctr 2150 Wilson, P Coquitlam, 604-927-7970 www.portcoquitlam.ca PORT MOODY Kyle Recreation Centre 125 Kyle St, P Moody, 604-469-4561 ww.cityofportmoody.com Port Moody Recreation Complex 300 Ioco Rd, P Moody, 604-469-4556 www.cityofportmoody.com RICHMOND Cambie Centre 4111 Jacombs, Richmond, 604-233-8399 City Centre/Lang Centre 140–8279 Saba, Richmond, 604-233-8910 Hamilton Centre 5140 Smith Dr, Richmond, 604-718-8055 Minoru Aquatic Centre 7560 Minoru Gate, Rmd, 604-718-8020

South Arm Centre 8880 Williams, Richmond, 604-718-8060 Steveston Centre 4111 Moncton, Richmond, 604-718-8080 Thompson Centre 5151 Granville Ave, Rmd, 604-718-8422 West Richmond Centre 9180 No 1 Rd, Rmd, 604-718-8400 SURREY Cloverdale Recreation Centre 6220–184 St, Surrey, 604-502-6400 Fleetwood Recreation Centre 15996–84 Ave, Surrey, 604-401-5003 Guildford Recreation Centre 15105-105 Ave, Surrey, 604-502-6360 Newton Recreation Centre 7120-136B St, Surrey, 604-501-5040 South Surrey Recreation Centre 2199–148 St, Surrey, 604-502-6200 Surrey Sport & Leisure Co 16555 Fraser Hwy, Surrey, 604-501-5950

Marpole Family Place 1305 W 70th Ave, Vanc, 604-263-1405 Marpole–Oakridge Community Centre 990 W 59th Ave, Vanc, 604-257-8180 Mount Pleasant Community Centre 3160 Ontario St, Vanc, 604-713-1888 Mount Pleasant Family Centre 2910 St George St, Vanc, 604-872-5213 Movies for Mommies* Wednesdays, 12:30 pm The Rio Theatre, 1660 East Broadway (at the Commercial Skytrain station), Vancouver www.moviesformommies.com See ad on page 24

BURNABY Bob Prittle Metrotown Branch 6100 Willingdon Ave, Burnaby, 604-436-5420 Cameron Branch 9523 Cameron, Burnaby, 604-421-5454 McGill Branch 4595 Albert, Burnaby, 604-299-8955 COQUITLAM Poirier St Branch 575 Poirier, Coquitlam, 604-937-4144 City Centre Branch 3001 Burlington Dr, Coquitlam, 604-927-3561 DELTA

Renfrew Park Community Centre 2929 E 22nd Ave, Vanc, 604-257-8388

George Mackie Library 8440 112 St, Delta, 604-594-8155

Riley Park Community Centre 50 E 30th Ave, Vancouver, 604-257-8545

Ladner Pioneer Library 4683 - 51 Street 604-946-6215

Roundhouse Community Centre 181 Roundhouse Mews, Vanc, 604-713-1800

Tsawwassen Library

South Vancouver Family Place 7710 Nanaimo St, Vanc, 604-325-5213

1321A - 56 Street 604-943-2271

Strathcona Community Centre 601 Keefer St, Vancouver, 604-713-1838


VANCOUVER Britannia Community Centre 1661 Napier St, Vanc, 604-718-5800

Sunset Pool 404 E 51st Ave, Vanc, 604-718-6505

Britannia Pool 1661 Napier St, Vanc, 604-718-5800

Trout Lake Community Centre 3350 Victoria Dr, Vanc, 604-257-6955

New Westminster Public Library 716–6th Ave, New West, 604-527-4660

Champlain Heights 3350 Maquinna Dr, Vanc, 604-718-6575

Vancouver Aquatic Centre 1050 Beach Ave, Vanc, 604-665-3424


Coal Harbour Comm Centre 480 Broughton, Vanc, 604-718-8222

West End Community Centre 870 Denman St, Vanc, 604-257-8333

Douglas Park Comm Centre 801 W 22nd Ave, Vanc, 604-257-8130

West Point Grey Community Centre 4397 W 2nd Ave, Vancouver, 604-257-8140

North Surrey Recreation Centre 10275–135 Street, Surrey, 604-502-6300

Dunbar Community Centre 4747 Dunbar, Vancouver, 604-222-6060 Eastside Family Place 1655 William St, Vanc, 604-255-9841 False Creek Community Centre 1318 Cartwright, Vanc, 604-257-8195 Frog Hollow Neighbourhood House 2131 Renfrew St, Vanc, 604-251-1225 Every Fri, 1–3:30 pm. Cantonese Family Drop-in free for parents with kids 6 & under. Hastings Community Centre 3096 E Hastings, Vanc, 604-718-6200 Kensington Community Centre 5175 Dumfries, Vanc, 604-718-6200 Kerrisdale Community Centre 5851 W Boulevard, Vanc, 604-257-8100 Killarney Community Centre 6260 Killarney, Vanc, 604-718-8200 Kitsilano Community Centre 2690 Larch St, Vancouver, 604-257-6976 Kitsilano Neighbourhood House Drop-in for paprents and their children 0-6 yrs. M-F, 9:30 - 11:30 am. 2325 W 7th Ave ,Vanc, 604-736-3588

West Side Family Place 2819 W 11th Ave, 604-738-2819 WEST VANCOUVER West Vancouver Community Centre 780–22nd, West Vancouver, 604-925-7270 West Vancouver Family Place Drop-in for parents/caregivers & preschool children (infant to 6 yrs), 604-925-7172 Gleneagles Community Centre 5575 Marine, West Vancouver, 604-921-2100 Parent & Tot Storytimes (FREE) Call or visit each branch for details. ABBOTSFORD Clearbrook Library 32320 George Ferguson Way 604-859-7814, ext 229 MSA Centennial Library 33660 South Fraser Way 604-853-1753

Mission Library 33247 Second Avenue, 604-826-6610 NEW WESTMINSTER

Lynn Valley Main Library 1280 E 27th St, N Vanc, 604-984-0286 Capilano Branch 3045 Highland Blvd, N Vanc, 604-987-4471 Parkgate Branch 3675 Banff Crt, N Vanc, 604-929-3727 PORT COQUITLAM Terry Fox Library 2470 Mary Hill Rd, Port Coq, 604-927-7999 RICHMOND Brighouse–Main Branch 100–7700 Minoru Gate, Richmond, 604-231-6401 Cambie Branch Cambie Shopping Plaza (SW corner) 150–11590 Cambie Road, Richmond 604-273-ABCD (2223) Ironwood Branch 8200–11688 Steveston Hwy, Richmond 604-231-6468 Steveston Branch 4111 Moncton, Richmond, 604-274-2012 SURREY Cloverdale Branch 5642–176A St, Surrey, 604-576-1384 Fleetwood Branch 15996–84 Ave, Surrey, 604-572-5922

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Bliss Photographic Images* Natural family photography. Available in studio or on location to capture the moments and people you love. Gift certificates available. Please visit website for more information. www.blissphotographic.ca See ad on page 14

Studio 2 Photography* The North Shore’s fun and modern studio. We specialize in creating beautifully designed digital albums. Experienced, instudio/on-location. Baby plan, families, pets & children. Let’s have fun! Tamara, 604-990-4301 www.studio2.ca North Vancouver See ad on page 11

North Delta Public Health Unit 11245–84 Ave, Delta, 604-507-5400

Studio 32* www.studio32photography.com See ad on page 16

North Shore Community Health Services Central Community Health Centre 5th floor, 132 W Esplanade, North Vancouver, 604-983-6700

Guildford Branch 15105–105 Ave, Surrey, 604-588-5015 Newton Branch 13795–70 Ave, Surrey, 604-596-7401 Ocean Park Branch 12854–17 Ave, Surrey, 604-502-6304 Port Kells Branch 18885–88 Ave, Surrey, 604-882-0733 Strawberry Hill Branch 7399–122 St, Surrey, 604-501-5836 Whalley Branch 10347–135 St, Surrey, 604-588-5951 VANCOUVER Britannia VPL Branch 1661 Napier, Vancouver, 604-665-2222 Central Library VPL 350 W Georgia St, Vanc, 604-331-3663 Champlain Heights VPL 7110 Kerr St, Vancouver, 604-665-3955 Collingwood VPL Branch 2985 Kingsway, Vanc, 604-665-3953 Dunbar VPL Branch 4515 Dunbar, Vanc, 604-665-3968 Firehall Library 1455 W 10th Ave, Vanc, 604-665-3970 Fraserview VPL 1950 Argyle Dr, Vanc, 604-665-3957 Hastings VPL 2674 E Hastings, Vanc, 604-665-3959 Joe Fortes VPL 870 Denman, Vanc, 604-665-3972 Kerridale VPL 2112 W 42nd Ave, Vanc, 604-665-3974 Kensington VPL 1428 Cedar Cottage Mews, Vancouver, 604-665-3961 Kitsilano VPL 2425 MacDonald, Vanc, 604-665-3976 Marpole VPL 8386 Granville St, Vanc, 604-665-3978 Mount Pleasant VPL 370 E Broadway, Vanc, 604-665-3962 Oakridge VPL 101–650 W 41st Ave, Vanc, 604-665-3980 Renfrew VPL 2969 E 22nd Ave, Vanc, 604-257-8705 Riley Park VPL 3981 Main St, Vancouver, 604-665-3964 South Hill VPL 6076 Fraser, Vancouver, 604-665-3965 Strathcona Community Library 592 Pender St, Vancouver, 604-665-3967 West Point Grey VPL 4480 W 10th Ave, Vanc, 604-665-3982 WEST VANCOUVER West Vancouver Memorial Library 1950 Marine, West Vanc, 604-925-7400

Bopomo Pictures* Bopomo offers a modern and fresh approach to studio photography combining convenience, fun and affordability with high-quality photography. Session fees only $29.95! Two locations: • 2631 W Broadway, Vanc; 604-678-1411 • 110-15745 Croydon Dr (The Shops at Morgan Crossing), Surrey, 778-294-0711 www.bopomo.ca See ad on page 2 Eclipse Photography* Award-winning and over 20 years of experience, photographer Kimberly Mara specializes in maternity, newborns & family portraiture. B/W and colour. Open 6 days/ week. In studio or on location. Studio is 600 sq ft with all amenities including makeup, change room/baby room & washroom. 604-984-7427; eclipsephotography@shaw.ca Online gallery: www.eclipsephotography.ca See ad on page 4 Jane Photo* The hottest photo studio in Vancouver! When parents want maternity and newborn art, they turn to Jane Photo. Find out why everyone is talking. In-studio, on-location, or at your home. Fresh, fun, fabulous. www.janephoto.ca See ad on page 8 Jillian Kirby Baby* Trust those first moments of your baby’s life to newborn and baby specialist photographer Jillian Kirby. Discover the comfort, quality and attention to detail of working with a boutique baby photographer. www.jilliankirbybaby.com 604-807-6687 See ad on page 9

Twist Photography* A boutique photography studio in Cloverdale, serving the Fraser Valley and Greater Vancouver. Jessica Cochrane specializes in custom photography from birth to age 5. Stylish. Modern. Fresh. Photography with a Twist! On location, natural light sessions available. Studio sessions for newborns - 1 year. www.twistphotography.ca info@twistphotography.ca 604-790-8416 See ad on page 25 Prenatal Classes BC Women’s Hospital 604-875-2169 Belly to Baby Prenatal Education* Sarah Alexander, RN; 604-469-2698 www.bellytobaby.ca; bellytobaby@ shaw.ca A comprehensive course that empowers and equips women and their birth partners with knowledge and confidence for their birth. Weekend and private courses avail. Canada’s 1st retailer for the Dunstan Baby Language. Obstetrical TENS machine rentals (decrease labour pain without medication). Twins class coming in January 2011. See ad on page 27 Lower Mainland Childbearing Society 604-878-1031/registrar@childbearing.org North Vancouver Health Department 604-983-6863 St. Paul’s Hospital 604-806-8298

Kia Porter Photography* Capturing fun, capturing chaos...capturing life! Candid portraiture in colour or black & white. On location or in the comfort of your own home. Digital negatives always included! www.kiaporter.com 604-787-4236 See ad on page 23

Public Health Services/Nurses

Nomayne McIntosh Photography* Nomayne wants to capture your life’s story: the smiles and tears, the quiet and chaos. Check out her journalistic style online. www.nomayne.com 604-868-8687 See ad on page 6

Guildford Public Health Unit 100–10233-153 St, Sry, 604-587-4750

Raw Photographic Arts* “Capturing life’s raw moments.” Raw Photographic Arts provides an intimate, comfortable & welcoming studio environment for their clients who need some extra care and pampering. rawphotographicarts.com 604-834-8824 See ad on page 22

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Burnaby Preventive Health Services 300–4946 Canada Way, Burnaby 604-918-7605 Cloverdale Public Health Unit 205-17700 56th Ave, Surrey Coquitlam Preventive Health Srv 200–205 Newport, Pt Mdy, 604-949-7200

Langley Public Health Unit 20389 Fraser Highway, Langley 604-539-2900 Maple Ridge Preventive Health Services 400-22470 Dewdney Trunk, Maple Ridge 604-476-7000 New Westminster Preventive Health Services 537 Carnarvon, New West, 604-777-6740 Newton Public Health Unit (breastfeeding clinics on Tue am, Wed pm, Fri am) #200 7337 - 137 St, Surrey 604-592-2000

North Surrey Public Health Unit 220–10362 King George Hwy, Sry 604-587-7900 Port Coq Preventive Health Services 2266 Wilson, Pt Moody, 604-777-8700 Port Moody Preventive Health Services 200-205 Newport, Pt Moody, 604-949-7200

Parkgate Community Health Centre 2 Fl, 3625 Banff Crt, N Vanc,604-904-6450 West Comm Health Centre 990–22nd St, West Vanc; 604-904-6200 Richmond Health Department 7000 Westminster Hwy, Rmd,604-233-3150 S. Delta-Ladner Publ Health Unit 4470 Clarence Taylor Cr, Ladner 604-952-3550 Vancouver Community Health Services Evergreen Community Health Centre 3425 Crowley Dr, Vanc; 604-872-2511 North Community Health Office 200–1651 Commercial Dr, Vanc; 604-253-3575 Pac Spirit Community Health Centre 2110 W 43rd Ave, Vanc; 604-261-6366 Raven Song Community Health Centre 2450 Ontario St, Vanc, 604-709-6400 South Community Health Office 6405 Knight St, Vanc; 604-321-6151 Three Bridges Community Health Centre 1292 Hornby St, Vanc; 604-736-9844 White Rock Public Health Unit 1185 Centre St, Wh Rock, 604-542-4000 Retailers–Clothing, Equipment, Accessories & Gifts Active Baby* With the largest selection of active, outdoor and green products for newborn to 4, ACTIVE BABY is a destination of active families at its Capilano Mall location on the North Shore, and online at: www.activebaby.ca 604-986-8977; info@activebaby.ca See ad on page 8 Along Comes A Baby* Along Comes A Baby is 6000 sq ft of moms’ paradise. We have what moms want! Bum Genius, Phil & Ted’s, Graco, Peg Perego, Ergo, Peanut Shell, Medela, Avent & more. Take exit 258 go east 1-1/2 blocks on L behind I-Hop. 436 W. Bakerview St., 104, Bellingham, WA www.alongcomesababy.com 360-671-5523 See ad on page 17 Baby On Board* Baby On Board sells strollers by Peg Perego, BOB, Maclaren, Mountain Buggy, Bugaboo, Baby Jogger, Valco Baby and Britax. We carry a carefully selected assortment of the finest baby products plus a complete assortment of care products. Two locations: • Richmond Ctr Mall (Rmd), 604-273-0884 • Sunwood Square Mall (Coq),778-285-8282 www.babyonboard.ca See ad on page 12

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Bike Zone, The* We are a full sales and service bike shop. We carry a wide selection of quality bicycles, parts, clothing and accessories for all ages, riding levels and styles. 102-15420 Fraser Highway, Surrey 604-538-0969 www.thebikezone.ca See ad on page 23

Kids Market* Endlessly fun and fascinating stores! 28 unique shops and services for kids and kidsat-heart. Fashion, toys, games, costumes and more. Kids’ hair salon, play area and arcade. Open daily, 10 am - 6 pm. 1496 Cartwright, Granv Is, 604-689-8447 www.kidsmarket.ca See ad on page 6

Three Bags Full* Children’s merino clothing made from 100% New Zealand merino wool. Made ethically in New Zealand with love and care. For ages newborn to 8 years. Gorgeous and practical! www.threebagsfull.co.nz See ad on page 22

Boomers and Echoes Kids & Maternity* The North Shore’s largest selection of new and quality consigned, newborn to size 8 and maternity and nursing wear. Furniture, carseats and strollers. Great selection of Melissa & Doug toys. Serving families for over 25 years. 1985 Lonsdale, North Vancouver 604-984-6163 www.boomersandechoes.com See ad on page 4

Kinderel* Organic clothes for babies. 778-323-BABY (2229); www.kinderel.com See ad on page 25

Cloth Diapers EH!* Cloth Diapers EH! is home of the Bare Bun diapers that were featured on Global News! Our diapers are designed and made locally: come check out our awesome swim diapers and new cloth diaper rental program. www.clothdiaperseh.com 250-378-0211 or 250-378-0001 See ad on page 13 dandelion KIDS* Celebrate with dandelion KIDS. Put a twinkle in their eyes with fun, non-toxic toys and games, stylish clothing and accessories for boys and girls up to 8 years. The best selection of books, decor items, bath products, gifts. Find a lovely balance of local designs and imports from around the world. 1206 Commercial Dr, Vancouver 604-676-1862; www.dandelionkids.ca See ad on page 19 EIO! - A Kid’s Store* 3404 Cambie Street, Vanc, 604-873-4543 See ad on page 10 Granville Island Toy Company, The* Providing children with unique and educational toys that engage and entertain. We have a great selection of eco-friendly toys, as well as toys that are manufactured locally, within Canada and the United States. Open 10 am - 6 pm every day. Two locations: • 3298 Main St, Vanc, 604-875-0065 •#11 - 1496 Cartwright St, Kids Market, Granville Island, 604-684-0076 See ad on page 9 HeidiKids* We provide quality wooden toys for small kids. www.heidikids.com See ad on page 19 Just Imagine* Canada’s best costumes for all, big and small since 1988. Adorable and affordable dance and formal wear in 2 shops in Kits and in the Kids Market on Granville Island. It’s a fond tradition to visit Just Imagine for fancy dress for all your special occasions. • 3060 W Broadway, Vanc, 604-222-3523 • #2 - 1498 Cartwright, Granville Island, Vanc, 604-569-0119 www.dressups.com See ad on page 8

Lovey’s Body Products Inc.* At Lovey’s Body Products Inc., we want to rid the world of nasty chemicals, so we produced Lovey’s Tushi Wash, the natural alternative to baby wipes. No parabens, sulfates, zinc or petroleum—only naturally sourced ingredients. Loveys.ca or 604-762-7425 See ad on page 26 Lussobaby* Where discerning parents discover modern nursery furniture, stylish clothing for little ones, locally-made organic gifts. Plus essentials for meal time, bath time and play time. 1037 Marine Drive, North Vancouver 778-340-0648; www.lussobaby.ca See ad on page 3 Main Street Baby* A baby and children’s boutique with quality clothing, accessories and toys at affordable prices. Brought to you by the Granville Island Toy Company. 3288 Main St, Vanc; 604-875-0077 www.mainstreetbaby.ca See ad on page 13 Odette Alfaro Jewelry* Personalized handstamped jewelry designs, perfect for everyday wear, ranging from keepsake mommy necklace to masculine military tags. All pieces can be customized to your names, dates, words or phrases. www.odettealfaro.com See ad on page 25 Pacific Basket Company* Creative gift giving at its finest. 201 - 15 Braid St, New Westminster, BC 604-522-0246; Toll-free: 866-425-2139 www.pacificbasketco.com order@pacficbasketco.com See ad on page 29 Pebble* The lifestyle store for kids 0-6 years. At Pebble, you’ll find a unique selection of toys, clothing, bedding, bath & feeding products. Visit us at 2675 Arbutus St (at W 11th), Vancouver, or shop online at www. pebblebaby.com 604-568-6923 See ad on page 29 Room for Two* Room for Two is your best pre and post birth resource centre. Along with maternity and nursing wear, breastfeeding items such as bras and pumps are our specialty. Owner, Lorena, is a 20-year experienced doula and childbirth educator. 1409 Commercial Dr, Vancouver 604-255-0508 See ad on page 14

Ty and Lumi Organics* Ty and Lumi combines modern graphic prints with vibrant colours. Our new exclusive prints are designed, printed and more locally. For the wellbeing of your baby and the planet, go organic! www.tyandlumi.com See ad on page 26 Zoolu Organics* Eco-chic, stylish & sustainable clothing for kids. Zoolu proves that organic doesn’t have to mean boring and kids’ clothing doesn’t have to be cliché or cutesy. www.zooluorganics.com See ad on page 6

Support Services cont’d Health Link BC 811 or www.healthlinkbc.ca Healthiest Babies Possible Free outreach programs for pregnant moms. Bby/New West: 604-659-2225 Abbotsford/Langley: 604-859-7681 Coq/Mp Rdg/Pt Coq/Pt Mdy: 604-777-8718 Sry/Delta/White Rock: 604-583-1017 Vancouver: 604-877-4672 Kla-how-eya Aboriginal Centre of SACS 13629 - 108th Avenue, Sry 604-584-2008 Maple Ridge Family Education & Support Ctr 604-467-6055 Pacific Post Partum Support Society 104–1416 Commercial Dr, Vanc 604-255-7999 Parent Support Services Parent Support Circles Prog throughout BC. FREE service. 604-669-1616; 1-800-665-6880 www.parentssupportbc.ca


South Community Birth Program 6405 Knight St, Vancouver; 604-321-6151

Babysafe Childproofing* Helping families across the Lower Mainland create safe and secure environments fo their little ones to grow and thrive in. Babysafe offers home safety consultations, products and installation. www.babysafechildproofing.ca 604-866-8939 See ad on page 18

Surrey-Delta Parents of Multiples 604-626-4550, twinmom@shaw.ca

Sleep Consultants

Ultrasounds–3D & 4D

Hushababy Consulting* Teach your baby/child to sleep through the night and take great naps! Professional and dedicated to providing the best, prompt service to your family. Baby sleeping manuals also available for your convenience. www.hushababy.com See ad on page 6

3D Miracles* 3D ultrasound and 3D/4D prenatal ultrasound. Specials available for bookings before Nov. 30. Ask about our special packages starting from $99 for a limited time only. Visit our new location: 33771 Goslings Way (Cyprus off Montrose), Abbotsford 604-512-4350 www.3dmiracles.com. See ad on page 7

Sleep Sense, Crystal DiNicolo, professional child sleep consultant* Customized plans to teach your child to sleep through the night and take superb naps! Very supportive, dedicated and compassionate service www.sleepsense.net/vancouver 604-469-7077 See ad on page 16 Support Services BC Women’s Hospital Nutrition counselling for pregnant women. Free service/no referral necessary 604-875-2330 Best Babies of the Langleys Supporting at-risk pregnant & postnatal women. 100–20689 Fraser Hwy, Langley 604-530-2772 Best Start Parenting Centre Parenting groups, seminars, tel counselling. 604-925-0831 (fees & registration) Cherish Childbirth Care (formerly Vancouver Childbirth Services) www.CherishChildbirth.com 604-626-1079

Woman Care, BC Family Care 31-22374 Lougheed Hwy, Maple Ridge 604-463-5513 YWCA Single Mothers’ Support Services 604-895-5789; www.ywsinglemoms.org

My 3D Ultrasound* (in association with Greig Associates) The ultrasound specialists at Greig Associates are proud to offer their expertise and care to the exciting field of 3D/4D ultrasound. Giving the opportunity to see your unborn baby the very first time. Visit www.my3dultrasound.com 604-267-3DUS (3387). See ad on page 11 Vasectomy Pollock Clinics* No-Scalpel/No-Needle Vasectomy. A simple and virtually painless, bloodless 7 minute procedure done through a tiny 2mm opening requiring no stitches to close, with a better than 99.9% success rate. The procedure is performed by Dr. Neil Pollock, M.D., a wellknown expert on men’s contraceptive health. 604-717-6200 www.pollockclinics.com or call See ad on page 5. ]

Coquitlam Pregnancy Concern Ctr 2512 Arundel Lane, Coq 604-939-2633

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