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l et te r f ro m th e Notice how holiday decorations, seem to be showing up on shelves earlier every year. As if parents, at this time of year, aren’t frazzled enough? In this edition of UBT, you’ll find helpful articles to help you transition through winter rather smoothly. Turns out there are efficient, cost-effective ways to manage those never-ending stacks of laundry. Our article on page 12 offers some strategies that can also save you time. For those parents wondering if their schoolage child is paying attention in class, we

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I highly recommend every parent read through our two-page UrbanGuide: Home Safety Checklist on page 28 & 29 for roomby-room checkpoints to keep the family safe at all times. See page 31 for the lineup of Winter Family Fun activities taking place in November and December throughout the Greater Vancouver area and Lower Mainland. Have a Safe and Happy Holiday Season! As always we value your feedback. Send your emails to the editor at editor@urbanbaby.ca

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Virtual Connection:

It’s What Every New Mom Needs! Today’s moms are blessed with an incredible variety of online communities: social networks, forums, Facebook groups, blogs and message boards, all offering the possibility of connecting with other moms anywhere, anytime on countless topics. You’re the first of your girlfriends to have a baby, and you are not sure if your newborn’s poop is the right colour? Your toddler wakes up with a strange red rash on his tummy, and you’re concerned it would spread? Your hair is falling out, and you need to know when it will stop before you become completely bald! Moms to rescue! Even though you read every page of Heidi Murkoff and Sharon Maze’s bestseller What to Expect When You are Expecting, reality has now sunk in. You now have that tiny baby who will not stop crying (and neither can you for that matter!) Clearly, you need somewhere to turn. It is then you discover your local Facebook Mommy Group offering support, advice, friendship, and plenty of virtual hugs

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During those middle-of-the-night feedings, I remember having the lights turned down low, but high enough so I could still read Facebook posts. Thankfully, I was soon invited to join one of those mommy groups. Scrolling through the posts helped me keep my eyes open, while I gently rocked my little man back to sleep. What did I do when my youngest had an awful diaper rash that would not go away? I turned to my mommy group. If I wanted to know which baby carrier or umbrella stroller everyone loved, I would post the question and await responses. When I have a free afternoon to go to the park, I post to see if anyone else wanted to join me. When I’m feeling down and I just need to tell someone (but do not want to paste it on my Facebook wall), I go to my group. And when I want to share my good days with some of my favourite people, I turn to my mommy group – of course! I have always felt connected with a great group of mom’s right on the other side of my screen. It is not unusual to see a mom post to find out who might be up in the middle of the night tending to her baby. Such posts rarely go unanswered.

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We are a very diverse group of women with three major things in common: pregnancy, babies and children. Long-time friends will always be your long-time friends. And yet while you raise your family, it is important to have some close connections with others who are in the same stage of life as you are. As you read this, chances are you are wondering if there could be drama. The answer is YES! When you put a bunch of hormonal women in the same virtual room, you can expect some occasional drama. It is important to remember that we have been part of each other’s world for so many years. Through the process we are able to see through our different opinions and perspectives. In my group, we understand that we all want what is best for each other and to be each other’s cheerleader. It is no surprise that these virtual friends are some of my favourite people. • Lindsay a mom to two little boys, a soccer player, a lifetime traveler and a lover of learning. She resides in Langley and enjoys every minute she can with her family. www.carpediemourway.com

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Beauty Basics: Skincare Tips for Busy Moms

Taking care of your skin is very important. The foundation to healthy glowing skin is a regular skincare routine that is easy and simple to follow. One should not rely on cosmetics to achieve a flawless complexion as cosmetics are used to enhance. The following steps will help you achieve a healthy daily skincare routine and should take approximately a few minutes to complete.

to clogged pores. How to use: Apply to damp face with clean fingers or a damp cotton round and gently massage into the skin then rinse clean with cool water.

Step 3: Toner Toner is used to remove any last remaining cosmetic residues, and works to tone and tighten the skin for a lasting refreshed feeling. Toners are available in lotion or spray mist. How to use: Simply apply to a makeup sponge or apply a light even mist to face and neck.

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Day Cream - During the day your skin is exposed to many harmful elements such as pollution, weather, UV rays and cosmetics so the main purpose of a day cream is to moisturize and protect. Day creams are formulated to be light weight and easily absorbed into the skin. Night Cream - During the night, your skin works hard to regenerate and restore itself so the main purpose of a night cream is to moisturize and repair. Night creams are often a much creamier and thicker consistency as they are designed to penetrate the skin throughout the night. How to use: Apply with clean fingers and gently massage into the skin in a upward motion.

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Step 1: Exfoliate Exfoliation is one of the keys to great skin and is used to gently lift away dull, dry cells and impurities from your skin. This step can be included in your regular skincare routine one to three days per week. How to use: Simply apply to a damp face with clean fingers or a moist a sponge.

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Erica Durance For seven seasons she played Superman’s love interest, Lois Lane, in the hit series Smallville. Canadian actress, Erica Durance, is now saving lives on the medical drama series Saving Hope. She grew up in Three Hills, Alberta and moved to Vancouver, after her high school graduation, to pursue acting. Today, Durance is juggling more than just playing Dr. Alex Reid and producing the series. She is also a new mom, having given birth to a son in February. Urbanbaby & Toddler Magazine recently had a chance to sit down with the multi-talented actress and producer to talk about her exciting new role at home. UBT: What are some of the things you are learning about your son? ED: Everyday is new and exciting because there is just so much development going on. I see certain threads of personality that have been part of him since he came into this world, and other

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UBT: As a new mom, what has been a challenge for you so far? ED: I think it is the fact that the life I built before baby is still going on. I know other mothers can relate. Question is: How do you balance the two worlds and continue work commitments while you have that little obsession at home? My son’s caregiver will mention some things he did during the day that I missed and it was a first. And I try to have perspective. I think you just have to keep reminding yourself: there will be many firsts. UBT: You are acting and producer on the show. How are you finding that balance between being a new mom; having family time and managing your demanding work? ED: I think it is about having people around you to support you. Those who will remind you to stay focused and keep perspective, forgive yourself and not become irrational with your desire to “simply be at home”. You are in your post-partum too, so there are always those natural hormones. I have a desire to be at home all the time, so I don’t miss ANY moments. It is just part of the human DNA as a mother – to

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Understanding Infertility:

Success Rate Varies With Age For many couples, getting pregnant is easy yet some couples are not so fortunate. For the latter, it can be the source of ongoing frustration and disappointment. Infertility rate in BC is like the rest of Canada and North America: 1 in 6 couples. The problem, which did not get much attention in the past, is now hitting the spotlight in more recent years. Thankfully, the issue causing turmoil for some couples, has been gradually brought to light at doctor’s offices and on talk shows and popular TV shows. Some readers will remember the infertility challenges faced by such lead characters as Sex in the City’s Charlotte and Harry; and Friend’s Monica and Chandler, who faced a similar journey. Add to all that, more and more celebrity parents openly sharing their struggles to conceive. There are also cases of infertility for parents who had a child and conceived with no prior complications — ­ only to have to deal with challenges later on; with getting pregnant a second time. Secondary infertility is the inability to get pregnant, or carry

a baby to term, after conceiving and birthing a child without reproductive assistance. The term infertility typically refers to a lack of conception after a reasonable period of sexual intercourse without contraception (one year for women under 35 and six months for women over 35). In Canada, roughly 16% of couples experience infertility. A glimmer of hope in all of this is the fact that there are options and medical help for couples experiencing infertility.

What Causes Infertility? There are many potential causes of infertility, and fertility problems can affect either the man or the woman. However, it is not always possible to identify the cause. Infertility factors can be traced to


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either the man or woman; or some combination. Such factors can include: • Decrease in fertility rate after age 40 in women and/or poor quality of semen in men • Problems producing eggs (which shows up when a woman has no period/menstrual cycle, or regular one) • Sexually-transmitted infection (STI), like Chlamydia (which can cause blockages in the fallopian tubes) • Problems in the uterus (like fibroids or polyps) • Problems with the fallopian tubes (like missing tubes or blockages) • Endometriosis (excess of tissue that gathers around the reproductive organs) • Hormonal imbalances • Early menopause (before age 40) According to Beth Taylor, fertility doctor at Olive Fertility Centre in Vancouver, fertility is always decreasing in women and drops dramatically after 40. Men’s fertility doesn’t really start to change until after 40. She points out that most of her patients are dealing with primary infertility. About 25% of the couples are in secondary category. “Fertility success rates varies with age. Out of the couples under 35, 90 percent will have success. For those between 36-40, 70 percent will be successful getting pregnant. For those couples over over 40, the success rate drops to 50 percent. Doing In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) yields the highest success rate”. The growing awareness about infertility is helping those couples affected. Resources and options are becoming more readily available and couples are able to get much-needed guidance and encouragement. Couples facing the infertility challenge are encouraged to reach out for support from friends, family and healthcare professionals. •

One Woman’s Story: I have secondary infertility. My husband and I have been trying to conceive our second child; it’s been a long and difficult 16 months, both mentally and physically. Being able to grow life within our womb is what women are physically designed for. Not being able to do that is a devastating blow, regardless how many children you may already have. We are waiting for referral appointment to another specialist and hoping to have our second baby in my arms by the end of 2016. Read more of my story on the Urbanbaby & Toddler blog ~ Sarah G. Coquitlam

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| by Urbanbaby & Toddler

Doing Laundry More Efficiently: Saving Time and Money Too!

With your children participating in soccer, hockey, dance or football you have no doubt had your share of sweaty clothing to deal with. And you probably want to wash these dirty garments as quickly and efficiently as you can – to get rid of any lingering odours in your home. In this day of technological-advanced washers and dryers, many of us take washing clothes for granted. Just load the washer and press all the right buttons – it’s that simple! Right? According to experts at Trail Appliances. There are several eco-friendly and cost-effective ways to do laundry efficiently.

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Reduce your Detergent More detergent doesn’t mean a better clean. Most of British Columbia has “soft water,” which has a low mineral content that easily creates suds from your laundry detergent. Many detergents are made for harder water that does not easily create suds. Try using only half the recommended amount of detergent to leave your clothes cleaner and with less soap residue.

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If you own a front-load washing machine, be sure to fill it up with clothing unless it has a half-load option. Many front-load washing machines work best when filled. The clothes get clean by the tumbling action. An important tip to remember clothes shrink when they absorb water, so you can put more in than you think, which is true of all washing machines.

Separate to Dry Don’t underestimate the importance of separating fabrics when putting them in the dryer. Cotton dries at a different speed than wool, polyester and other synthetics. Drying multiple fabric types in a single dryer load creates static in clothing.

Those who are expecting their first child and proactively invest in the right washer/dryer combination, often consider it to be one of the best decisions they ever made. It is something they think about as they make their way, yet again, on the beaten path to (the all too-familiar) laundry room! Thankfully you have access to experts at Trail Appliances who can help guide you in making the right choices for your family. For more information, visit one of Trail Appliance’s eight locations in B.C. or visit: www.trailappliances.com. •

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What is Triclosan? Triclosan is used in cleansers, antiperspirants/deodorants, toothpastes and hand sanitizers as a preservative and antibacterial agent. This ingredient is toxic to fish and wildlife and can interfere with hormone function. Avoiding Triclosan can be tricky because it is used in so many everyday products such as

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Santa Savings:

Make a Holiday Budget Having a happy holiday season without that money stress is possible by planning ahead. When I was little, I recall my mother having a special gift envelope filled with cash she saved for purchasing Christmas and birthday gifts. That practice really had an impression on me. Saving ahead and paying cash for gifts will make the experience of selecting gifts for your loved ones that much more enjoyable. When you set a budget to spend for each person, and use the cash saved in advance, you can take advantage of sales on items on your lists. Consider also the extra money spent during the holiday season on parties, food, drinks and going out for meals which can strain the family budget. By cutting back on other nonessentials, you can enjoy all the celebrations without debt. During a recent conversation with a friend we got talking about what to get the children in our lives on special occasions. We came up with a brilliant idea. In our children’s playroom, we have lots of toys which our children play with. Yet while putting away the countless toys so many times, we realized that the children would be just fine with less “stuff”. Children crave engagement with people, especially their parents, so find an activity that is age appropriate for your child, which can be a great gift. Consider tickets to the ballet; aquarium; theatre; sporting event or museum. How about a home-made ticket for a day with Mom and/or Dad? We have twins, so this individual time is incredibly valuable with each of our boys. Many children will receive money for Christmas from relatives and friends. As a parent, we can use this opportunity to educate our children about money and develop values around it. It is a good habit to start saving at least a portion of gift money to

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Q: My three school-age children are involved in sports and after-school activities. I want them to become more independent in preparing their equipment and ‘stuff’ needed for these activities, but they don’t do it, So I end up doing it all for them which is becoming exhausting. It will be another VERY long school year. Help me please! Candice D. Toronto

“everything that has to be done” so they have visuals and can better understand what is required. Let them know what YOU are willing to do and not willing to do any longer. Then ask your children if they just want to prepare their own stuff or prefer to do it together as a team. Bringing awareness to the responsibilities, participation and effort required, helps to build teamwork skills in children.

Q: My two children go to bed at different times. One is at 8:00pm, while the other is at 9:00pm. My younger child says it’s ‘unfair’. I feel it is just too late for him. How can I make this work? Amar S. Surrey JR: A very effective technique I’ve used with many families is doing the ‘bedtime routine’ together with all the children. Then spend a little ‘quiet’ time with each member of the family (like talking, reading stories or cuddling) right before bedtime. Discuss the order of who gets ‘quiet time’ first. Start with the younger child who goes to bed earlier and while you are doing this, the older child can do a quiet activity in his room so they do not disrupt the younger child. Then when it’s time to say goodnight to the older child, spend a little quiet time together. • Julie is a mom, Early Childhood Consultant and owner of ‘Miss Behaviour: parenting coach & consulting services’, the children’s behavior & discipline specialists! Learn

JR: Sounds like a lot of work Candice! You can definitely ask your children for help and contribution. Encourage them to take part in preparing the needed items for their activities. Create a list (using pictures ) of

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November 2015 Nov 12 - 14, 10am - 5pm Just Between Friends Sale Croatian Cultural Centre Consignment sale featuring clothes, toys and baby items. Admission: $5 per adult vancouverbc.jbfsale.com

Nov 13 - Jan 4, open 7 days a week until 11pm: Vancouver Festival of Trees Four Season Hotel, Van. and the upper level of Pacific Centre Mall Live entertainment, holiday treats and children’s activities Support BC Children’s Hospital bcchf.ca

Nov 21 - Dec 11, 1pm – 5:30pm: Heritage Christmas Burnaby Village Museum, 6501 Deer Lake Ave, Bby. An old-fashioned holiday with entertainment.

Nov 26 - Jan 2: Bright Nights Stanley Park, Van. Train ride through twinkling forest, animated displays, hot chocolate. Admission applies

Dec 10, 7pm Urbanbaby’s Holiday Facebook Party Support our UBT advertisers & sponsors with prize giveaways, online games and more.

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Dec 13 - 31: Christmas at Canada Place Woodward’s windows, mini train, outodoor covered skating rink, Santa’s workshop and much more

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Nov 23 - 24, 10am – 3pm: Festival of Trees Family Days Van Island Conference Centre, Vic. Live entertainment, holiday treats and children’s activities

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Dec 5 - 24: 11am - 3:30pm: Holiday Traditions Kids Market, Granville Island, Van. Santa, holiday sing-a-long, magic shows on select days

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SPOTLIGHT

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Mia R • Kamloops, BC Alesana, 10 months old

1. What is the best part about being a mom? Watching my daughter grow and teaching her new things. It was so exciting for all three of us when learned how to clap her hands and use sign language to let us know that she had finished eating. 2. What is your favourite activity to do with your daughter? We are big baby wearers in my family. Our baby carrier makes nature walks and hikes so easy and enjoyable for us. 3. What is your favourite television show? I just can’t get enough of Glee. Love all the catchy song covers and high school drama. 4. What was the last book you’ve read? No Cry Sleep Solution by Elizabeth Pantley. 5. What is one product or service you can’t live without? Due to postpartum hormones, I was losing handfuls of my hair. Nioxin shampoo and conditioner has helped slow down my hair loss and speed up the re-growth. 6. How do you find some “Mommy Time”? That rarely happens at my house. My daughter is very attached to me so sometimes it means handing her to Daddy, before she notices that I have left the room. When she is napping, I try to catch some time to do some reading, writing and crafting.

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