I’m sure parents everywhere are constantly thinking of new ways to introduce a variety of healthy foods to their children. I have a fussy eater so I often have to get creative with foods. I wanted to share this simple recipe that a friend of mine suggested to get my daughter to eat fish (Thanks Christie!!). Our whole family enjoys this and it’s easy to adapt to different tastes.
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Milk is usually the ultimate go-to for anyone wanting a refreshing and nutrient-dense drink. Most of us have been raised with a cup of milk at bedtime. Two-cups of milk a day for children is the rule of thumb we keep hearing from our conventional GPs.
As parents, we are naturally concerned about the safety of our children whether they’re playing, eating or even sleeping. I have always had the habit of looking up reviews on big purchase items before buying them. After becoming a mother, I started worrying about the safety of items I bought for my daughter, from her car seat, to her crib to her play mats! I guess that’s not a bad thing, but sometimes I do feel like I am too paranoid, especially when I’m around very relaxed parents. However, I am diligent about doing research on most of the products I buy for my daughter.
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We are lucky in Canada that there are strict standards for children’s products, including toys. Although many are manufactured outside the country, there are regulations in place to ensure the safety of products in the market. Even with these safety recommendations, sometimes toys and children’s products are recalled from the market if there are reported incidents of failed safety features. Before making big purchases like strollers and car seats, or even small toys, it’s a good idea to check the list of recalled products in Canada. You can easily find it and other resources on the Healthy Canadians website: http://www.healthycanadians.gc.ca/
The site also has good information on various topics related to Toy Safety.
Apart from safety, it is also helpful to read reviews by other parents before you purchase products. Whether it is talking to other parents you know, or doing a simple search on the internet, you can find a wide variety of reviews. Although they are just personal testimonials, some reviewers offer a wealth of information on the safety and appropriateness of the product.
It goes without saying that we need to always supervise our children and sometimes use plain common sense (i.e don’t let your 6 month old play with a telephone wire). However, it is always good to do some research on our part when it comes to items we buy for our children.
How do you check for product safety?
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Looking for things to do during March Break? Since schools and some daycares are out this week, you need to keep little minds entertained. If you are lucky enough to be able to take some time off to spend the break with them, here are just some of the many things to do in and around the city at short notice.
Toronto Zoo www.torontozoo.com
The weather may be cool, but you can check out a lot of the tropical pavilions and stay warm. There are lots of activities during the break like Keeper Talks, visit the white lions, polar bears and more.
Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) www.rom.on.ca
There are lots of day camps and activities that run during this time and kids can learn about science, animals and prehistoric life. Also check out Ultimate Dinosaurs which closes on March 17.
Evergreen Brick Works www.ebw.evergreen.ca
Activities for children and adults. They also have a farmer’s market every Saturday.
Bata Shoe Museum www.batashoemuseum.ca
Kids can enjoy doing crafts and fun activities during the day during the drop-in sessions.
Ontario Science Centre www.ontariosciencecentre.ca
If you don’t feel like going all the way downtown, you can check out lots of cool activities at Science Centre. March Break programming for kids run from March 11 – 15.
Wizard world at Exhibition Place http://wizardworld.ca/
This indoor park has rides, arts and crafts, concessions etc for kids and takes place at the Better Living Centre at Exhibition Place. Check out the Xtreme Wild show with animals from the Bowmanville Zoo, daredevil and juggling acts and lots of other activities.
Disney on Ice: Rockin’ Ever After http://disney.go.com/disneyonice/
This musical showcase takes place from March 13 – 17. This new show has a variety of Disney characters and princesses doing musical numbers and is sure to please a wide variety of Disney lovers.
If you are north of the city, the Markham Museum offers a series of family drop-in activities all week long that are engaging and interactive for children 12 and under. Take part in lots of exciting hands-on indoor and outdoor activities.
Casa Loma www.casaloma.org
Casa Loma is hosting an old fashion carnival that you can enjoy with the whole family
Also check out your local community centres and libraries for a variety of programs running during March Break such as movie time, story time sessions, craft slots and more. Some may require pre-registration, while others may be just drop-in.
Get out there and make some memories.
Have a safe and happy March Break.
Mommy Culture Team