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10 Awesome Product Picks for Families with Babies and Toddlers

We live for parent recommendations—there’s nothing better than getting a product tip from another parent who has been there. So, we’ve rounded up 10 items we love for families with babies and toddlers, in the hopes that you will, too.  Medela Solo Single Electric Breast Pump A great breast pump is worth its weight in gold. This rechargeable battery-powered single breast pump is easy to use and easy to clean. It’s practical, comfortable and sized perfectly for easy packing. It’s perfect for use at home or on the go. $199, amazon.ca   Baby Joy 3-in-1 Convertible High Chair More and more brands are creating products that age with your child, from the baby days all the way through the toddler years. With legs that lengthen and an adjustable and detachable tray, this item starts as a high chair, adjusts to a toddler seat with guardrails and eventually transitions to a stool for kids up to age three. $199, amazon.ca Munchkin Bluetooth-Enabled Baby Swing Believe it or not, you can’t carry your baby 24 hours a day (as much as they’d love that!). This sleek, cozy swing features a swaying side-to-side motion, a remote that controls a timer and the speed, and a selection of classical music...

Quick Butter Chicken (with a Twist!)

Who doesn’t love butter chicken? It comes together more quickly than you might think, making it perfect comfort food for a busy weeknight.

Astrology for kids: What to expect from Taurus

Born between April 20 and May 20, Tauruses are earth signs ruled by Venus. A Taurus is independent and steady, set in their ways, they don't like to give up.

Baby & Child Care Encyclopedia – Read it Now!

This resource is created in partnership with Canadian health care experts, to give you so much of the important info you need...

Annual Guide for New Parents – Read it Now!

ParentsCanada - Annual Guide for New Parents   If you’re expecting a new addition (or if you’ve just welcomed...

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6 Awesome Cleaning Hacks for Busy Parents

I’m admittedly a bit of a neat freak. The jumble of shoes at my front door, unsorted bins of LEGO blocks, a sink full of dishes…all have the same effect of stopping me in my tracks. I sometimes have to say out loud, “Nope, Katie, has to wait.” This is a challenge when you have children, and I learned long ago that attempting to keep up with daily kid destruction is akin to eating Oreos while brushing your teeth. There’s no point. Instead, I’ve taught my girls to tidy up the living room before bed (usually while I clean...

Tips & Tricks for Spring-Cleaning Your Child’s Car Seat

Spring has sprung and while many of us are starting to do our Spring cleaning indoors, you might want to think about freshening up your child’s car seat.

4 ways to help kids cope with needles

It’s always tough to see your little ones get shots at the doctor’s office, but we’ve got tips for helping with the discomfort.

Expecting

10 Tips For Picking Great Baby Names

The name you choose is your baby's for life. Make it a good one. No pressure, right? These tips can guide you in picking great baby names.

9 Tips for Getting Ready for Baby

It’s a good idea to prepare for giving birth relatively early, as some women will go into labour sooner than expected. Here are a few ways to get ready to welcome your new little one.

Dealing with gender disappointment

Feeling sad that you’re expecting one gender when you’d hoped for the other? Experts say there are ways to manage your feelings.

Baby

Signs and symptoms of infant hearing loss

Infant hearing loss signs can vary by age. We talked to parents and experts for more info on learning the signs and symptoms.

Do I need a routine for my baby?

Everyone wants to know when your baby eats, sleeps and poops. Don’t let schedules and lists stress you out.

How to tell if a late walker is a cause for concern

Is your kiddo taking his time moving from crawling to walking? Don't fret just yet.

5 Things To Know About Diaper Rash (And How To Deal With It)

Dealing with diaper rash is one of the first tasks new parents master (because it comes with a lot of on-the-job training) but a raw, red case of diaper rash can quickly cause a crisis of confidence. Here’s some info to ease your conscience and help you soothe your baby’s skin.

Toddler

Is Your Kid A Hoarder? Tips For Helping Them Let Go

The word 'hoarder' might set off alarms, but hoarding isn't unusual behaviour in kids. Learning to let go is a life-long process.

Hair-brushing tips for all hair types

Keeping your toddler’s locks neat and tidy can be tricky. Here’s how to banish tears and keep those dreaded knots at bay.

Why some germs are good for toddlers

Toddlers should be exposed to some germs. In fact, boiling pacifiers and overly sanitizing can sometimes do more harm than good. Go ahead, jump in that mud puddle.

Dollar Store Haul: 6 Inexpensive Tech Toys for Families

Whatever the reason that cash is tight—paying down credit card bills from holiday shopping, losing a job to the pandemic or a New Year’s Resolution to curb your spending—there may be less to go around in February. But that doesn’t mean you can’t treat yourself or the kids to a new tech toy, because, believe it or not, there are consumer electronics gems to be found at your local dollar stores. They may not be a dollar (those days seem to be long gone) but there are definitely bargains to be found. So, with that in mind, I’ve rounded up a half-dozen recent picks seen at stores such as Dollarama, Dollar Tree, and 99¢ Depot. Be aware, though, that not all stores have the same products. But have a good look around, and you might find something very similar under a different brand name. LED Clip-On Adjustable Book Light If you’re looking for a way to read in bed without disturbing your partner (or for kids who share a room, without distributing their sibling), this is the inexpensive solution. Dollar Tree is selling this no-name LED clip-on adjustable book light that easily attaches to your paperback, hardcover or non-illuminated e-reader. It’s only $1.25. Just position the arm to your liking and the (surprisingly) bright LED will illuminate the page. Three small AG13 batteries are required but the first set is included. Step Gear Pedometer If you don’t want to break the bank on a Fitbit or Apple Watch, you can pick up the $3 Step Gear pedometer at Dollarama. It’s a small, wrist-mounted activity tracker that counts your steps, tracks your distance, estimates calories burned and displays it on a small LCD screen. It also shows you the time, too, with its integrated digital clock. Available in multiple colours and with an adjustable strap, this pedometer includes an...

Preschool

Helping Kids to Process and Communicate Difficult Emotions

Identifying, processing and communicating feelings can be really hard—especially when the emotions are difficult or complicated. Enter Feelu, a wellness app for children.

Allergies Or Hay Fever? We Asked An Expert

Our 12-year-old gets really stuffed up and sneezy every year at the end of the summer into September. Is there anything we can do to prevent the onset of symptoms?

Preschool Milestones (3 to 5 Years): What to Watch For

Before you know it, your sweet little babe is a preschooler (honestly, it’s going to feel like it happened overnight). This age is so fun, and you’re about to watch your toddler really come into their own on their personality. Here are some of the milestones to look for, as your child moves into this next phase of growth and development.

How To Prepare Kids To Bathe Alone

Get those cute bath pics in now—one day soon they’ll be asking for privacy. Here’s how to get them ready and keep them safe.

School Age

Help Kids Manage Anxiety and Get Improved Sleep

Nobody likes to see their kids struggle with feelings of stress or anxiety. We have some tips on kids well being and improved sleep.

Teaching Kids How To Not Spread Germs

Kids love to share, well, everything. But when it comes to germs, keep'em to yourself! That's easier said than done. We have tips to help.

Is It OK To Take Over Your Kids’ Homework?

Is it helpful to step in and takeover homework for your kids? It's a contentious topic. We asked two parents and an expert.

Talking to kids about weed

Since marijuana is now legal in Canada, your kids will likely have a few questions about pot. Writer Sydney Loney went to the experts for help with the answers.

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