Archive for August, 2013

Baby Bootie Camp: Exercise with your Baby

Thursday, August 29th, 2013
Exercise with baby with our workout for busy moms and dads!

By Nicole “Nikki” Glor

There’s no need to wait for nap time to work out; bring baby into the action and enjoy increased bonding with the added benefit of fitness.
If given the choice, my baby would probably prefer a whistle in his mouth to a pacifier. He is my own 4-month old personal trainer.
When he’s fussy, he doesn’t like small jiggle moves or swinging back and forth, instead he calms down when I hold him and perform large up and down motions—like lunges and squats! So I created the Baby Bootie Camp workout to soothe baby and slim and sculpt mommy (and daddy, too!)

6 of the best moves for exercise with baby:

1. Inner Thigh Squats

I find that when my baby cries, this is his go-to move to bring quiet and calm. Hold your baby in front of you, either by hand or in a carrier, and separate your feet in a wide plié stance, so that your knees are directly over your ankles when you bend them at 90 degrees. Toes point 45 degrees out to the sides, not directly in front of you. Stand to straighten legs for one rep. Repeat sets of 10.

2. Lunges

Separate your feet bringing the left in front and right leg behind, placing your feet in a widened stance, as if they were along a railroad track, not a tightrope, so that you have good balance with your baby. You can also hold onto a piece of furniture for added balance. Lunge forward so that your front knee aligns directly over your ankle and then rise up to straight legs again. Do 15 repetitions with this stance, and then switch legs, bringing the right leg forward, taking the left leg to the back, and repeat.

3. Calf lifts

Give your quadriceps a break and stand with feet shoulder-width apart; babe in arms in front of you. Rise up onto the balls of your feet 20 times to work your calves and keep baby happy and moving.

4. Squat and Lunge Combo

This move requires a little coordination to complete. Combine moves 1 and 2, slowly, by performing one inner thigh squat down and up, with toes pointing 45 degrees out. Then lift your right heel and pivot on the ball of the foot, turning to face your left and perform one left lunge down and up. Pivot your foot back for another inner thigh squat. Then lift left heel and pivot on the ball of that foot to turn to your right for a right lunge, then turn back to center. That completes one full combo move. Perform 10 of these.

5. Rocking Outer Thigh

Start by standing straight, with your baby in your arms or carrier. Squat and rock your weight to your left leg. Stand up on your left leg and lift your right leg to the right with a flexed foot, noticing the contraction in the right outer thigh.
Rock back to the middle and squat low (like sitting back in a chair) and then stand on your right leg and lift the left leg outward. For added stability, hold on to a wall or piece of furniture while performing the move. Perform 20 on both sides for one set. Do 2–3 sets depending on your time and energy.

6. Patty cake crunches

Lay on the floor face up, with your knees bent and feet flat on the floor. Sit baby on your hips, facing you. Then, crunch upward using your abs to lift your shoulders and head from the floor, and touch your right hand to baby’s left hand. Repeat with your left hand touching baby’s right hand. Perform 10 reps, and 2-3 sets, or until baby gets bored.

Durham Region Car Seat Clinics

Thursday, August 8th, 2013

Car Seat Clinic (By Appointment Only)

It is estimated that over 75% of child deaths and injuries due to motor vehicle collisions
could be prevented with the proper installation and use of car seats

Your Child’s Safety is Important.
Attend a Car Seat Clinic & one of our certified inspectors will help ensure that your child/children are buckled up safely!
Car Seat Clinic Schedule – Durham Region  By Appointment Only
Date Dealership Location
September 22 Nurse Chev Whitby
October 20 Durham Kia 550 Taunton Road West
Oshawa ON L1H 7K4
November 24 Cowan Pontiac Bowmanville

When attending one of our Clinics….

  • Please have Car seat already installed
  • Be prepared to climb into the vehicle to assist the technician with changes to the seat if needed.
  • Bring the manuals for the Car seat and the Vehicle
  • Please do not bring your children with you to the clinic
  • Donations to assist with the funding of this Car seat team are greatly appreciated
  • Questions? Please call (905) 434-7800
    St. John Ambulance Durham Region Branch
    64 Colborne Street, East
    Oshawa, ON L1G 1L9

Morning Sickness

Thursday, August 8th, 2013

By Krystin Edgerton

Becoming pregnant is the beginning of creating something that is a part of you. It’s learning and growing with your child and most importantly experiencing a new kind of love. The excitement is overwhelming and it seems everyone is smiling, buying your baby gifts and touching your growing belly. Then it hits you… morning sickness. According to Todays Parent, 80 to 90 percent of mommy’s- to- be experience this unpleasant encounter and it often warrants some questions. Through this post we hope to answer some of them.

What is morning sickness?

Despite the name, morning sickness can affect pregnant women at any time during the course of a day. It can happen when waking up, or by simply smelling something that is no longer agreeable to your body. Although morning sickness can put a negative spin on your day, studies suggest that there is also a positive aspect- as it indicates that your pregnancy hormones levels are high and that the placenta is developing well.

When will morning sickness stop?

Most women who experience morning sickness say it began and stopped within their first trimester. Usually it will start five to six weeks after becoming pregnant and subside by week 14. However some women have said it has lasted right until week 16.

Will morning sickness hurt my baby?

As long as you’re keeping some food down and drinking plenty of fluids your baby will not be in any danger. Your liver stores many nutrients that your baby will need to develop normally. Be sure to take your vitamin’s, including Folic acid; to help keep you and your developing fetus healthy. Morning sickness can sometimes be detrimental for you and your baby if it is excessive. The medical term for this is Hyperemesis Gravidarum, meaning severe nausea/vomiting and weight loss. It is important that if you feel you have this condition to contact your medical provider right away. Below we have put together a chart to help distinguish between Hyperemesis Gravidarum and Morning sickness.

Hyperemesis Gravidarum

Morning Sickness

Nausea accompanied by severe vomiting Nausea occasionally accompanied by vomiting
Vomiting causing severe dehydration Vomiting that does not cause severe dehydration
Weight loss of more than 5% of your pre pregnancy weight Some weight loss
Sickness does not improve after first trimester Sickness improves after the first trimester

What things can I do to help prevent morning sickness?

There is no established method of preventing morning sickness, however there are some things you can do to help reduce its occurrence. Keep in mind not every woman is the same, some things might work for you and others may not.


Wear loose clothing

Eat small meals often

Drink fluids throughout the day to help with dehydration

Get plenty of rest

Avoid warm places

Avoid fatty or spicy foods

Avoid caffeine

Have ginger

Just remember morning sickness does occur in most women so you are not alone! Keep focussed on your precious bundle and it will be over soon enough.

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“Hyperemesis Gravidarum.” June 2011. <> July 16, 2020

Seymour, Rhea. “The facts of morning sickness” April 27, 2020 < > July 16, 2020