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Daycare germs: what you need to know

Photo: iStockphoto Before my daughter started daycare at 19 months, I could count on one hand the number of times she’d been sick. But after only two months in the daycare germ storm, I’d already lost count. It was a seemingly endless stream of runny noses, low-grade fevers, mysterious rashes …

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This parenting podcast host tested the season’s hottest toddler toy

Photo: Sandro Altamirano I’m always on the lookout for activities that my two-year-old son, George, and I can do together—and when they don’t involve a screen, I consider it a big win. LEGO Duplo to the rescue! I didn’t grow up with Duplo as a child, so my toddler and …

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This is the best toddler toy to gift this holiday season

I’m a mom to a very precocious toddler and at two years old, we have reached the point at home where stuffies have become less interesting; now, it’s all about toys and activities that engage her little developing mind. The toddler years are often a trial and error period for …

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These toy sets are the answer to all of your holiday gift-giving worries

Tis’ the season! It’s just about that time of year when we start hitting the stores and tackling our holiday shopping. I don’t know about you but one thing our kids put on their list every year without fail is always LEGO Duplo. Zoe and Max have had their eyes …

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How my family of five kids learned to bond and connect through play

One of the neatest things about having a large family is witnessing the different dynamics and connections develop between members. I grew up in a family with sisters who were five years older than me, and always buddied up together. When I was still playing pretend and rocking baby dolls, …

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This cheeky hack will help your kid learn how to wipe their own butt

Photo: iStockphoto Potty training is hard. But once you get your little one to recognize when they need to go and hop on the potty in time to keep their diaper clean, you’re in the clear, right? Nope. There’s one last hurdle that can take a while to get over: getting …

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Is your child ready to stop naptime?

Photo: iStockphoto Kelly Sturtevant tried everything to get daughter Keira to nap. She’d lie with her, read another story, sing yet another song. But the rambunctious 2½-year-old refused to nod off. “I would spend the entire time running up trying to get her to fall asleep or yelling at her …

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Choosing the right toddler shoes

Photo: Getty Images We were given lots of cute shoes for our son, Carmelo well before he took his first steps. From soft leather slippers adorned with monsters to skateboarder sneakers, sandals and superhero-embossed rubber boots, there were plenty to choose from. But I wasn’t sure if any of them …

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When can babies sleep with a blanket?

Photo via @makelmg on Instagram Like many new parents, my husband and I worried about sudden infant death syndrome when our daughter, Rosalind,  was a newborn. We followed the Canadian Paediatric Society recommendations about not using blankets or keeping stuffies in the crib—they can become suffocation and entanglement hazards—and swaddled …

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13 stylish but warm winter boots for kids

Photo: Courtesy of bogs 1. Neo-Classic NWKids’ Winter Boots If you love BOGS, you’ll love this new, lighter iteration of the popular pull-on boots. Fully waterproof and ready for play, kids can put these on themselves and go. BOGS Neo-Classic NWKids’ Winter Boots, $100, bogsfootwear.ca Photo: Courtesy of Olang 2. Olang Star …

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