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Creating Holiday Traditions

December 1, 2015 | 0 Comments

A new baby is a special time for a family, especially around the holidays. Whatever your family celebrates, the holidays can suddenly become a difficult, even contentious, time, if you haven’t discussed traditions and expectations in advance.   Many people have fond memories of how holidays were celebrated in their homes as children and they…

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When He Was My Little Boy

November 26, 2015 | 0 Comments

There’s a man in my living room. He’s tall and a bit scruffy, but then he tilts his head and smiles.   I can see the boy he used to be.   I see the scar on his forehead- proof that running with sticks can be dangerous. I see the twinkle in his eyes, and remember…

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Gratitude: Tina

November 25, 2015 | 0 Comments

When you read about the things Tina is grateful for, you see a pattern. Family. Nature. Living life. Love.   Her joy is palpable and the love in her life is visible to all!   When your child proudly brings you their art and proclaims “I am an ARTIST!” proudly and you’ll know this piece…

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Product Review: Chef’s Daughter Baby Food

November 22, 2015 | 0 Comments

So we have been trying out this product for a few weeks now, as you may have noticed on our Instagram. Here is our product review: We love it!   With our first, I made all my own baby food. Almost everything was made from scratch. But with two kids, two cats, a dog, and…

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Bonding When You Aren’t Breastfeeding

November 19, 2015 | 0 Comments

It can be hard in the early days of your baby’s life. You have waited nine months to meet this special person, but they want to eat or sleep, and mom is the source of food. It can be tempting to offer to bottle feed your baby, both to help your partner, and to be…

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Gratitude: Amber

November 17, 2015 | 0 Comments

I love living in Toronto. I grew up on the east coast, but I love the bustle of living in downtown Toronto. I am so grateful that I get to spend every day as a doula, working with and getting to know all of the amazing people who contact Toronto Family Doulas. The life I’ve…

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Breastfeeding Your Older Baby

November 12, 2015 | 0 Comments

We all know that breastfeeding a newborn comes with unique challenges. Latch problems, low milk supply, cracked nipples, and engorgement are all common. But what happens when you’ve got those problems figured out? What happens when your not-so-new baby surprises you with new tricks and troubles in nursing? Many of the most commonly talked about…

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Gratitude: Meaghan

November 6, 2015 | 0 Comments

This week, there is an influx of posts on Facebook about gratitude. The idea is 30 days of gratitude, for different things, shared with friends, family, and colleagues. After all, what you focus on, expands. If you focus on gratitude, the things you are grateful for will expand and grow.   This concept is wonderful.…

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When labour lasts FOR-EV-AR

November 4, 2015 | 0 Comments

Image by Willian Warby. It seems like you’ve been in labour forever. Days or maybe even weeks of contractions that start and stop, come and go. Sometimes the get longer, stronger, and closer together. Only to fade away a few hours later. It may seem like your body is broken. Why is this happening? Your…

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First Boo!

October 29, 2015 | 0 Comments

    Photo by Juhan Sonin.   Boo and a Happy Halloween to you! This week is full of celebrations and parties, all leading up to Trick or Treating! If you are taking your little one door-to-door, it is important to remember some safety tips.   1. Be bright or wear reflective clothing: This goes for parents…

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