Growing Up: Baby

Growing Up: Baby

They say it takes a village to raise a child — but what if you don’t have one? Hear directly from babycare experts, and other new parents, as new mom Hayley Zimak asks the questions on her mind — and likely yours too.


December 14, 2022 31 min

“Daniel isn't our adopted son. He's our son. Period.” Robyn and Mike adopted Daniel in 2011 after years of infertility, pregnancy loss, and heartache. They had just 10 days from when they were first told he existed until the day he came home for good. By fostering open communication, Robyn and Mike have created a safe space for Daniel to ask as many questions as he likes — which will be answered in due time.   

~ Robyn Brady...

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Do you know the cost of raising a child in Canada? It may be higher than you think, which is why it’s so important to start planning. Learn budgeting, saving, and investing tips and explore what government benefits you may be eligible for. It’s never too early — or too late — to establish good spending habits to help secure your child’s financial future.

~ Sara Cook, Investment Advisor, Cook and Associate, BMO Nesbitt Burns. 

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November 30, 2022 31 min

Navigating pre and postnatal care can be overwhelming for many first time moms. There are certain expectations that women face, including how to give birth and how to feed their child. Heading into her first pregnancy, Jessica was clear on her choices: she wanted a cesarean on maternal request — and wasn’t planning to breastfeed.

~ Jessica Pratezina, PhD student in Interdisciplinary Studies (Child and Youth Care and Sociology), Uni...

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November 23, 2022 28 min

Losing a child is every parent’s worst nightmare. Kimberly Amato turned her grief into action following the tragic and preventable death of her daughter Meghan. Her advocacy work — and tribute site  — has informed, educated, and paved the way for higher safety standards for dressers and other clothing storage furniture.

~ Kimberly Amato, Vice Chair, Parents Against Tip-Overs.

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November 16, 2022 30 min

If you’re struggling with the so-called “Mom Guilt” this episode is for you. There’s no ‘perfect parent’ who gets everything right all the time, despite what we see on social media. By adjusting our thought patterns and responses, we can learn to manage the little things — so we can appreciate the big picture moments.

~ Doctor Tanya Cotler, adult and child clinical psychologist, Toronto. 

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November 9, 2022 22 min

The stress of motherhood is real. Burnout exists. The juggling act can feel overwhelming. By recognizing the signs of fatigue, we can work toward the holy grail: balancing your kid(s) and your career. From setting firm boundaries and showing ourselves grace — to drilling down to what’s really important — it's time to take a deep breath and enjoy the ride. 

~ Leigh Duncan, mom of three and executive director of public affairs and...

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It can be so difficult to establish a nap or bedtime routine with your little one. And it’s so frustrating when something happens to throw that schedule off. With Daylight Saving Time quickly approaching on Saturday, here are some tips on how to adjust and (hopefully) get back to normal — whatever your normal is!

~ Bridget Jensen, sleep consultant, Better Bedtime 

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October 26, 2022 28 min

If you’ve reached that one year anniversary — congratulations! If you’re not quite there yet, here’s a sneak peek at what to expect in terms of physical, cognitive, social, and communication/language milestones. There’s also newfound independence, lots of ‘testing’ — and innate and insatiable curiosity. Get ready for this exciting new chapter. 

~ Dr. Eugene Ng, newborn and developmental paediatrics, Toronto. 

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October 19, 2022 19 min

Becoming a new mom is daunting enough — not only are you preparing for a massive lifestyle change, your mental and physical health is about to transform too. Embarking on this journey at an advanced age comes with its own set of challenges, including the possibility of increased complications and societal stigma. Luckily, later-in-life pregnancies have become the norm.

~ Candace Cobbing, TV producer, soon-to-be new Mom.

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October 12, 2022 23 min

Are you home from the hospital, new baby in bassinet, and still feel a bit confused by it all? Not to worry — those blurry, hazy days are completely normal, and even have a name. The first 12 weeks after giving birth is referred to as the ‘fourth trimester.’ Not only is your new baby going through changes, you are too! Your body is adjusting: organs are shifting back into place, milk is being produced, and hormones are working to r...

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October 5, 2022 28 min

“Most parents are doing just fine. It’s sloppy and messy, and you’re going to get upset. Some days are harder than others; if that’s the best you had today, it was good enough.” One of Canada’s leading parenting experts talks behavioural patterns, corrective strategies, and setting boundaries in a kind and loving way. It’s never too early to figure out what kind of parent you want — or need — to be!

~ Alyson Schafer, family counselo...

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September 28, 2022 21 min

Whether your baby is two months old, or a year-and-a-half, embarking on the childcare journey can be overwhelming. There are a number of important decisions to make, like when and where, but you’re also preparing yourself (and them) for this massive change. A mom and freelance journalist shares advice and learnings from her own experience.

~ Jenn Sinrich, freelance journalist and content strategist who writes for a myriad of public...

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September 21, 2022 27 min

Got Milk? If you find yourself with an oversupply of breast milk, The Rogers Hixon Ontario Milk Bank may be a viable option for you. This passion project was started nearly two decades ago and is still the only milk bank in Ontario to collect, pasteurize and provide donated breast milk to hospitalized babies.

~ Sarah Petrick, beneficiary, mom of premature twin boys.
~ Debbie Stone, director, The Rogers Hixon Ontario Milk Bank. 

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September 14, 2022 24 min

Do you and your partner adhere to traditional gender roles? If so, what impact does that have on your parenting style — and your relationship? If you’re feeling overwhelmed or burnt out by societal pressures and expectations, you’re not alone! Unpack the invisible ties that bind, and discover how you and your family can work toward meaningful change.

~ Jessica Pratezina, MA, PhD student, child and youth care, Sociology, University o...

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September 7, 2022 34 min

Like so many new moms, 24-year-old Lauren Davis struggled to breastfeed her infant  son. She was prescribed domperidone, which is often used off-label to induce lactation. When she tragically died in her sleep, her parents suspected a link between her death and the medication. Seven years later, they graciously share Lauren’s story so other women may proceed with caution.

~ Erin Davis and Rob Whitehead, Lauren’s parents 

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July 6, 2022 2 min

Thanks for listening! Here's what you heard during Season 1 (and, what you didn't hear). Until next time...

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June 28, 2022 31 min

Community building (or finding) is so important during this exciting yet challenging time. How connecting with like minded people benefits your mental, emotional and physical well-being. And, veteran parents share words of wisdom for new moms and dads.  

  • Gillian Kuriyan, director of Mommy Connections, Midtown Toronto.
  • Hayley, new mom, teacher & program facilitator.
  • Special thanks to: Sara, Rosie, Daryl, Josh, Alana, Paul, Harmony,...
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    June 22, 2022 30 min

    Going through pregnancy and delivery is a lot. It's tough on your emotional, mental and physical well-being. Forget the number on the scale or fitting into your pre-baby jeans. This episode focuses on building strength and confidence, so you can feel good, wherever you're at. 

  • Jessica Sennet, certified personal trainer CPT and Prenatal and Postpartum Fitness Specialist. Founder and CEO of Mighty Mom.
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    June 15, 2022 28 min

    Are your stairs gated? Is your furniture anchored? Are sharp objects within reach? There’s so much to consider when babyproofing your home and surroundings. Prevention truly is at the heart of child safety; learn what steps you can take to ensure peace of mind. 

  • Lucy, mom of two, shares a traumatic story involving a buggy (stroller).
  • Nancy Reynolds, owner, BabySecure & Advanced Certified Professional Childproofer.
  • David Drutz, own...
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    June 7, 2022 22 min

    Music truly is the universal language; connecting all ages, backgrounds and cultures. Making music with your little one is fun and engaging, but did you know it’s also educational? Learn how the components of sound act as early building blocks of language and communication. Making Music Together’s Risa Waldman shares her emotional adoption journey with music — and a baby girl — at its heart.

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