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Sharing a Bed with Your Baby: Is It Safe?

October 18, 2017 by HealthyFamilies BC | Posted in: Pregnancy & Parenting | Tags:

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Is it safe to share a bed with your baby?

Sharing a bed with your baby can be risky but there are things that can be done to make sure it is as safe as possible.

If you think you might ever share a bed, or even if you don’t plan to, here are some questions to ask yourself to make sure your bed is as safe as possible for your baby:

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Parenting and Smoking

October 17, 2017 by HealthyFamilies BC | Posted in: Pregnancy & Parenting, Smoking | Tags:

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Parenting and Smoking

Parenting is hard; it takes a lot to be there emotionally and physically for your child. If you smoke, a common worry is that your child will eventually start smoking themselves. In fact, many parents choose to quit smoking for their children.

Even with great reasons to quit, such as the concern over your child’s future behavior and the desire to be healthy as they grow up, the fact remains that quitting smoking – on top all the other things you have to do – can feel daunting at best.

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Treadmill Tips for Beginners

October 12, 2017 by Normand Richard, Certified Exercise Physiologist | Posted in: Physical Activity | Tags:

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Treadmill tips for beginners

Fall is now in full swing and winter is just around the corner. Whether you’ve decided to invest in a gym membership or treadmill for home, using indoor exercise equipment can be a great way to maintain your aerobic fitness as the rain and snow arrive.

If you’re starting up at the gym, read these basic tips and tricks for using fitness centers.

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Safer Sleep for Your Baby

October 11, 2017 by HealthyFamilies BC | Posted in: Pregnancy & Parenting | Tags:

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Safer sleep for baby

The sleeping arrangements you choose are very important for giving your baby the safest sleep possible, and thankfully there are many ways to create a safer sleep environment for your little one.

Sleep related infant deaths can be a result of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome or SIDS; a sudden and unexpected death in infancy without an explanation. Accidental death during sleep can happen too, such as suffocation as a result of items in the bed, the infant being placed face down to sleep, or the parent rolling onto the baby.

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Raising a Vegan Baby and Toddler

October 10, 2017 by HealthyFamilies BC | Posted in: Vegetables and Fruit | Tags:

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Raising a vegan baby and toddler

You don’t have to look hard on social media or other outlets to find lively discussion about the benefits of a vegan lifestyle. With influences such as health, the environment, and animal welfare at the forefront, many families are re-examining their practices and adopting a vegan diet to reflect their values and personal health beliefs.

Making this transition as an adult has its challenges. Embarking on this journey with a baby or toddler adds a whole other dimension! + MORE

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