by Guest
Posted August 4 2010 02:55pm


Cribs made prior to September 1986 are no longer considered safe for your child.
Children died in these older cribs when the part supporting the mattress fell down and they became trapped or their heads became caught between the bars. Other children died when their These cribs can still be found at garage sales and flea markets, or in cottages or relatives’ homes. In Canada it is illegal to sell, or import or these cribs.
Safe cribs have labels that identify the manufacturer and the date of manufacture. Cribs with visible signs of damage, missing parts or instructions, should be avoided or discarded. New cribs sold in chain stores, baby stores and reputable furniture stores must meet current safety regulations. 

The Canadian Paediatric Society recommends that the safest place for a baby to sleep is on their back in a crib that meets current Canadian safety standards in their parents room.  Health Canada has just issued new safety standards for cribs.
Choosing a safe crib:

  • Choose a crib with a manufacturer’s label listing when, where, and by whom it was made and the make and model number.
  • Check the frame to make sure it is solid.
  • Mattresses should have a firm surface and fit snugly. Only use a mattress that is long and wide enough so that the gap between the mattress and the two sides forming one corner of the crib is not more than 3 cm (1.18 in) when the mattress is pushed into the opposite corner of crib. The mattress should be no thicker than 15 cm (6 in).
  • Make sure the mattress support is attached permanently to the frame, without S- or Z-shaped hooks.
  • Make sure the mattress is firm and no more than 15 cm (or 6 inches) thick.
  • Corner posts should be less than 3 mm (1/8 in) to prevent catching a child’s clothing. 
  • Check that the space between the bars is not wider than 6 cm (or 2 3/8 inches).
  • Don’t choose a crib that has loose, missing or broken parts. 

Crib safety:

  • Place the crib away from windows, curtains, blind or extension cords, electrical plugs or lamps. Children can fall out windows or become caught in cords.
  • Lock the sides into place after putting your baby in the crib every time you use the crib. 
  • Don’t place soft objects like bumper pads, comforters, soft mattresses, pillows and stuffed toys in the crib. These items can suffocate your baby.
  • Lower the mattress to its lowest level if baby can sit up or stand.
  • Check periodically for loose screws cracked plastic or wobbly parts on the crib.
  • Remove your child permanently from the crib when 90 cm tall (about 35 inches). At about this height, he will be able to climb out of the crib. 
  • Remove toys or mobiles strung above the crib as soon as your baby can push up on his hands or knees. 
  • Don’t tie your baby in or harness your baby to the crib.



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by Maxine
Posted July 25 2011 08:04pm

Our experts have developed a number of articles that will address the questions you have about properly breastfeeding your child.

There is so much information out there about breastfeeding and as a result, parents are overwhlemed when they look for the information they need about breastfeeding their baby. Our experts have developed a number of articles that will address the questions you have about properly breastfeeding your child.


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Doorway Jumpers

by Guest
Posted August 4 2010 02:56pm


Doorway jumpers are bouncy seats that hang from the tops of door frames. Bungee-style cords or springs hang from a non-slip door-frame clamp and suspend a seat that is usually removable and washable. Adjustable straps are used to keep the seat at the child’s jumping height.
Such jumpers are typically used by infants of 5 to 15 months in age. Some feature support bars in the front and back of the seat, while others have solid, moulded frames contoured to encircle the baby. Some doorway jumpers feature a small tray to hold snacks or toys.
Babies are often delighted by the motion they create by pushing off from the floor, but some babies are not. Follow your baby’s cues. Injuries have occurred when doorway jumpers were not used correctly.

Choosing a safe doorway jumper:

  • Choose a jumper that is appropriate for your baby’s age, weight and height.
  • Choose a doorway jumper with specifications that will match its intended door frame. Not all door frames can support a doorway jumper.

Doorway jumper safety:

  • Install the jumper according to the product information.
  • Check that the straps and the clamp are fastened and secure each time you place your baby in the jumper. 
  • Stay with your child when she is in the jumper.
  • Inspect the doorway jumper after each use. 
  • Limit jumping time to 15 minutes at a stretch, which is about all the bouncing a small body can take. 
  • Don’t push a jumper or let others push it. Jumpers are not swings, and the motion can cause your child to hit the side of a doorway.

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Breastfeeding Keys to Success

by Maxine
Posted July 26 2011 11:00am

When they make the decision to breastfeed, many women think it will be easy to do. What could be more natural? But as many women who have breastfed can tell you, it’s not always easy – especially at first.

But while breastfeeding can take extra practice and patience, it is one of the best things you can do to care for your baby. So while you may feel that while you are sore, tired and adjusting to your new baby one more thing is just too much, look for guidance from the Breastfeeding Supports in your area. There are also lots of great books and articles that can help you.

Our experts have some suggestions to help make your breastfeeding experience a success:

Position and latch are the keys to successful breastfeeding, but what do they mean?

Cross-Cradle Hold

Football Hold

Side-Lying Position

Traditional Cradle Hold



Once you are familiar with the four breastfeeding positions, next comes latch. A good latch means that your baby will feed well and you should not feel any pain when feeding. If your baby isn’t opening her mouth, hold your breast and tickle her upper lip with your nipple- your nipple should point towards her nose. Once your baby opens up wide with her tongue down, bring her onto your breast. Her chin should press into your breast first and then her mouth should cover a portion usually about 2-4 cm of the areola-the dark coloured part of your breast. If the latch is good, you will note:

  • her lips will be curled out
  • her chin will be pressed into your breast
  • she is sucking and swallowing
  • there is no smacking or clicking sound when she sucks
  • there is no milk showing around her lips
  • a slight tugging sensation as she begins to suck-you should not feel pain.

Remember—if you lean forward to put your breast into her mouth, your back will become tired and sore. 

When you are first learning to breastfeed or if your baby is struggling to breastfeed baby-led latching can be helpful.  Hold your baby skin-to-skin (with just his diaper) on your upper chest so that his face rests between your breasts. Support the back of your baby’s upper shoulders; he will begin to bob his head searching for the nipple. Once he finds your nipple he will open his mouth, push his chin into your breast and take a mouthful of areola and the nipple will then follow into his mouth. 


How frequently and for how long should your baby breastfeed?

Your baby needs to feed at least 8 to12 times per day, or at least every 2 to 3 hours in the first 6 to 8 weeks after birth, with only one gap of 5 hours in each day. One reason is that your baby’s stomach is very small—the size of a cooked chickpea at 2 days of age and the size of a walnut at 3 to 4 weeks of age. Another reason is that breast milk is very easily digested. Mom, feeding your baby often gives your body the signals it requires to make the breast milk your baby needs. Feeding also gives your baby the fluids and food he needs to be healthy and to grow. It’s the idea of supply and demand.

Don’t be surprised if your baby needs to breastfeed more than 12 times a day, especially in the first weeks. This can be a normal part of early breastfeeding and can help your body produce breast milk. During growth spurts, you’ll notice that your baby will feed more frequently for several days. Growth spurts may occur when baby is about 2-3 weeks, about 6 weeks, 3 months and later-remember each baby is different some baby’s may have growth spurts before or after these times.  

Your baby will give you cues that he is hungry: you’ll hear or see him stir, notice him smacking his lips or see him bringing his hand to his mouth. This is the best time to begin the feeding. If you wait until he is crying to feed him, it may be a frustrating exercise for both of you. Another thing to remember is that some babies are sleepy in the first few days and make need your help to stay awake to eat.  Unwrapping your baby if he is swaddled, talking to him, and holding him skin-to-skin will help.  Your doctor may have you wake your baby every 2-3 hours if your baby does not wake himself. 


What tips would you give to breastfeeding moms? What was the best advice you received? Share your story with other parents by leaving a comment below.


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