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  • Monday, April 01, 2024 11:18 PM | Allison (Administrator)

    Welcome to parenthood! It's an amazing journey, and Niagara offers plenty to explore with your new little one. Here are some ideas to get you started:

    Connect with Other Parents:

    Join LWAB Niagara! (Life With A Baby) This free local chapter provides a supportive network for parents and babies. Enjoy playdates, outings, and workshops focused on early childhood development. Head over to to learn more and join the community!

    EarlyON Centres: These government-funded centers offer free programs, workshops, and playtime for parents and babies. Check your local EarlyOn Centre for their schedule.

    Explore Niagara Together:

    Stroll Through Nature: Niagara boasts beautiful parks and trails perfect for exploring with your little one.

    Mall Adventures: Malls are a great way to get out, especially during colder months. Many offer stroller fitness classes or dedicated walking areas.

    Coffee Catch-Ups: Enjoy a casual coffee or lunch date with your baby at a local cafe. Many cafes are baby-friendly and offer a relaxed atmosphere.

    Activities for Baby's Development:

    Music Classes: Introduce your baby to the world of music! Explore options like Kindermusik or other local classes. LWAB Niagara may even offer discounted classes for members.

    Story Time: Most libraries in Niagara host story times for babies and toddlers. It's a fun and stimulating activity that fosters early literacy skills.

    Join the Fun and Help Others!

    LWAB Niagara is always looking for parent volunteers to host fun events like stroller walks. It's a fantastic way to connect with other parents, explore your community, and give back! If you're interested, visit our website


    This is just a glimpse of what Niagara offers! Explore local parenting groups, online forums, and community calendars for even more ideas.

    Go at your own pace! Parenthood is a learning curve. Prioritize what feels right for you and your baby.

    We hope this helps you and your little one embark on exciting adventures in Niagara!

    I hope to see you at upcoming events! 

    Allison, LWAB Niagara Community Manager

  • Thursday, February 22, 2024 11:00 PM | Allison (Administrator)

    You are here. You have officially entered this new phase of life called motherhood. Amidst all the adjustments that being a new parent brings, such as the late nights and early morning feedings, you notice that you are living in a completely new body which is foreign to you. 

    You tell yourself that once you have this baby, you’ll start working on getting back to your pre-pregnancy weight. But the reality is, sometimes we can never return to how things were. All we can do is keep moving forward and adjusting to the various “new” norms we will experience over the course of our lives. 

    And that applies to our post-pregnancy bodies as well. Bodies change all the time. It is sometimes hard for the human psyche to accept, but it’s true. Expect your body to change and evolve over time as you age, beyond the pregnancy journey.

    Here are some reflections to consider as you learn to love your body again - just the way it is.

    It’s a Mindset

    The way we view ourselves and our bodies starts in our minds first. If we view our bodies in a negative light, more often than not, we will treat our bodies in the same way we see them. It also doesn’t help that we live in the age of the BBL body type, where if you don’t look like a Kardashian, you are not deemed as beautiful. It’s hard to be a woman these days, but we must build the mental resilience to love our bodies as they are. It starts with us first. A good book to help you relearn how to love your body is The Body is Not An Apology by Sonya Renee Taylor.

    Expectations vs. Reality

    We are constantly bombarded with images of women who have seemingly bounced back to their pre-pregnancy bodies after giving birth, which hasn’t been the case for some of us. We sometimes fail to realize that recovering from pregnancy takes a long time, even after giving birth. Did you know it takes up to six weeks for your uterus to return to its normal position? Or that 1 in 2 women develop a pregnancy condition called diastasis recti which causes thinning and separation of our abdominal muscles?  Our bodies need the time to rest and regenerate from the pregnancy experience. This is why it is just as important to understand what happens to our bodies after pregnancy as much as what happens to them during pregnancy.  Be kind to yourself, we only have one body and how we treat it is important for our overall health. 

    Transitioning into your Mom-Bod

    Despite the images we see in the media, the reality is that no one “snaps back” from pregnancy so soon after giving birth–or sometimes, at all. Every “body” is different. There are hundreds of fitness exercises for new moms or even fitness classes to attend that not only help you lose weight but also heal from the various pregnancy conditions you may have experienced during the labour and delivery process. If you’re not ready to create a fitness routine as yet, tons of blogs and websites offer styling tips for dressing your body in its current state. We recommend blogs such as Who What Wear, Rookie Moms and Toronto New Mom as resources for your transition. Another tip would be starting a journaling practice documenting your motherhood journey and the changes you are experiencing in real-time as you navigate this new body. Keep in mind that this is a journey and not a race. Take the time to heal, rest and get to know your body in the state that it’s in now.

    Proactive Measures

    In the meantime, there are ways that we can start the journey to accepting our new mom-bods, such as keeping a journal documenting your pregnancy/new mom experience or joining a new mom support group that helps keep our social health in check by relating with other new moms. If you have a midwife or doula, it would be helpful to have some counselling sessions with them as they are equipped. Make plans with your spouse to have regular date nights where you can dress up, put on makeup, get a babysitter and have a meal with your love outside of the home. Before anything else, you are a human being first that just happens to be a mother. Take some time to reconnect back to yourself and the ones you love.

    We hope that these reflections are a small piece of your journey as you get acquainted with your new body. A body that nurtures life, love and is ever changing, always evolving.

    P.S. If you are looking for a podcast that can offer a relatable perspective on the motherhood journey, we highly recommend The Mama’s Den podcast hosted by singer Melanie Fiona, entrepreneur and influencer Felicia La Tour, writer Ashley Chea, and CEO of Black Love, Inc. Codie Elaine Oliver. Take a listen to their “Those Summer Bodies” episode here.

    Author Mercedes 

  • Wednesday, February 21, 2024 3:43 PM | Claire (Administrator)

    5 Essential Tips to Revitalize Your Living Space from an Interior Designer

    Redesigning your home is an exciting journey that blends functionality with personal style. As an interior designer, I want to share essential tips to enhance your space, creating a perfect blend of comfort and aesthetics:

    1. Functionality is Key: Tailor your space to fit your lifestyle. Consider the activities that breathe life into each room, from family movie nights to social gatherings. Choose furniture and layouts that foster these experiences, ensuring your home not only looks great but lives well too.

    2. Comfort Meets Style: Select furniture that promises both comfort and durability. Incorporate elements like plush rugs and soft cushions to create an inviting atmosphere. Remember, the essence of a home is in its comfort.

    3. Define Your Style: Personalize your space with a style that reflects your personality. While trends offer inspiration, they're fleeting. Focus on what you love and create a space that you’ll cherish for years to come. Whether you lean towards modern chic or rustic charm, let your home be a true reflection of you.

    4. Smart Storage Solutions: In a well-organized home, everything has its place. Storage is vital, especially in bustling households. Design your space with clever storage solutions that keep clutter at bay, ensuring a tidy and harmonious environment.

    5. Lighting Sets the Mood: The right lighting transforms a space, setting the mood and enhancing functionality. Blend ambient, task, and accent lighting to achieve the perfect atmosphere. Don’t forget the power of natural light; it can make your space feel more open and welcoming.

    The Benefits of Partnering with an Interior Designer

    Working with an interior designer elevates your home redesign project. Here’s why:

    • Expertise and Knowledge: Benefit from a professional's insight into the latest trends and timeless design principles, helping you make informed choices.
    • Personalized Design: An interior designer tailors the space to your taste and lifestyle, ensuring it's both beautiful and functional.
    • Efficiency and Cost-Effectiveness: Save time and avoid costly mistakes with a designer's expertise in planning and sourcing.
    • Exclusive Resources: Gain access to a network of quality suppliers and unique materials, elevating your home’s design.
    • Attention to Detail: Enjoy a meticulously crafted space where every element is considered for its contribution to the overall aesthetic and function.

    Investing in interior design services not only saves you time and resources but also results in a space that’s perfectly attuned to your life and style.

  • Tuesday, February 13, 2024 1:55 PM | Claire (Administrator)

    It's World Anemia Day, and we are collaborating with Seaford Pharmaceuticals to bring awareness to iron-deficiency anemia. 

    If you're experiencing symptoms of low iron, such as unexplained fatigue, shortness of breath, weakness, rapid heartbeat, or headaches, it's crucial to talk to your doctor about your iron levels. This is particularly significant given the widespread prevalence of anemia, as highlighted by the World Health Organization (WHO).

    According to WHO, anemia is a significant global public health issue, significantly impacting vulnerable populations such as young children and pregnant women. Shockingly, WHO estimates that 42% of children under 5 years old and 40% of pregnant women worldwide suffer from anemia, it is important to promptly address iron deficiency, as it can seriously affect health and well-being.

    Iron Deficiency Anemia (IDA) is particularly prevalent during pregnancy and postpartum. The Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists of Canada (SOGC) notes that IDA is associated with adverse effects such as fatigue, poor wound healing, and heightened risks during pregnancy and childbirth. For pregnant individuals, iron deficiency can lead to complications such as preterm birth, low birth weight, and developmental issues in the newborn. Therefore, addressing iron deficiency in these populations is critical for ensuring healthy outcomes for both the parent and child.

    Recognizing the symptoms of iron deficiency anemia is the first step toward diagnosis and treatment. Fatigue, weakness, shortness of breath, rapid heartbeat, and headaches are all potential indicators of low iron levels. However, these symptoms can be nonspecific and may overlap with other health conditions, making it essential to consult with a healthcare professional for proper evaluation and diagnosis.

    Talking to your doctor about your iron levels if you're experiencing these symptoms is crucial for several reasons:

    1. Accurate Diagnosis: Your doctor can conduct appropriate tests, such as blood tests to measure your iron levels and assess for anemia. This ensures an accurate diagnosis and helps rule out other potential underlying causes of your symptoms.
    2. Tailored Treatment: Your doctor can recommend personalized treatment options to address your iron deficiency based on your test results and medical history. This may include dietary changes, iron supplements, or other interventions tailored to your specific needs.
    3. Prevention of Complications: Addressing iron deficiency early can help prevent complications and improve overall health outcomes. For pregnant individuals, adequate iron levels are crucial for both maternal health and fetal development, reducing the risk of adverse pregnancy outcomes.
    4. Monitoring and Follow-up: Regular communication with your doctor allows for ongoing monitoring of your iron levels and response to treatment. This ensures that your treatment plan is effective and can be adjusted as needed to optimize your health and well-being.

    Discussing your iron levels with your doctor if you're experiencing symptoms of low iron is essential for timely diagnosis, personalized treatment, and prevention of complications. 

    Discover how Polyride Fe® Ultra can help support your iron levels and overall well-being. Polyride Fe® Ultra is a unique formulation in Canada with 150mg of elemental iron, 125mg of Vit C and 1000 mcg of Vitamin B12, designed to help prevent iron deficiency anemia. With minimal or no adverse gastrointestinal events, Polyride is ideal for everyone. Consult with your healthcare provider to see if Polyride Fe® Ultra is right for you. 

    Addressing iron deficiency promptly can improve your overall health and quality of life, particularly if you belong to vulnerable populations such as pregnant individuals or young children. Don't hesitate to seek medical advice if you suspect you may have iron deficiency anemia—it could make a significant difference in your health outcomes.

  • Wednesday, February 07, 2024 1:52 PM | Allison (Administrator)

    This has been shared on social media, but we wanted to share it for those without social media pages. 

    LWAB 2023 Year In Review Video.mp4

  • Tuesday, January 23, 2024 4:31 PM | Allison (Administrator)

    January 24th is not just another day; it's Bell Let's Talk Day, an opportunity to amplify the conversation about mental health, specifically maternal mental health. Life with a Baby is proud to stand together with #BellLetsTalk, shedding light on Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders (PMADs) and emphasizing the importance of early support for mental health. Join us by using #BellLetsTalkMaternalMentalHealth and contributing to the movement that aims to break stigmas and create a more supportive environment for moms.

    The Reality We Cannot Ignore

    The statistics are sobering: 1 in 5 moms will face a Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorder, including postpartum depression and anxiety. Tragically, maternal suicide stands as a leading cause of death among postpartum women. The power to change this lies in conversation. The more we talk, the more we empower women to know they are not alone.

    We are sharing some information, and posts, that you can share. Visit our Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn pages to see more, and share our stories!

    Your Voice is a Catalyst

    Your voice has the potential to be a lifeline. By creating posts, and using #BellLetsTalkMaternalMentalHealth, you contribute to a collective effort that can raise awareness and offer support to moms who might be silently struggling.

    Sample Post:

    "Today on #BellLetsTalk Day, we embrace those navigating mental health challenges. We’re in this together. #BellLetsTalkMaternalMentalHealth"

    The Strength of Community

    Simple gestures can make a significant impact. Supporting new and expecting moms can be as easy as a phone call, a shared meal, or an offer to watch the baby for an hour. Your support can be a beacon of hope for someone dealing with Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders.

    Sample Post:

    "It takes a village to raise great kids - and it starts with supporting parents. Check in, follow-up, offer help. We’re in this together. #BellLetsTalk #BellLetsTalkMaternalMentalHealth"

    Breaking the Silence

    Creating an environment where seeking help is encouraged and normalized is crucial. By openly discussing maternal mental health, we contribute to breaking down the barriers that prevent women from reaching out.

    Sample Post:

    "1 in 5 women will experience Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders but may be too afraid to ask for help. Let’s change that. #BellLetsTalk #BellLetsTalkMaternalMentalHealth"

    Building a Supportive Network

    Life with a Baby is here to provide resources, such as free counselling for parents, events, and activities for parents across Canada. By building a supportive network, we ensure that no parent feels isolated in their journey.

    Sample Post:

    "Research shows peer support reduces social isolation. New parents often struggle with Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders in silence. Let’s change that. Check in, follow-up, offer help. #BellLetsTalk #BellLetsTalkMaternalMentalHealth"

    Share Your Story

    Your experiences matter. By sharing your story, you contribute to a broader conversation that helps others feel understood and supported.

    Sample Post

    "What does maternal mental health mean to you? Have a story or advice to share? #BellLetsTalkMaternalMentalHealth #BellLetsTalk"


    This Bell Let's Talk Day, let’s make waves in the conversation about maternal mental health. By using #BellLetsTalkMaternalMentalHealth, we can make a difference in the lives of moms across Canada. Together, we can raise awareness, break the silence, and build a more supportive community for all parents.

  • Wednesday, January 17, 2024 10:00 AM | Allison (Administrator)

    Becoming a new mom is an extraordinary journey, filled with unparalleled joy and love. However, this transformative experience can also be isolating, leaving many moms yearning for a supportive village. In the spirit of #BellLetsTalkDay, let's explore how creating connections through Life With a Baby (LWAB) can be a game-changer for maternal mental health.

    Breaking the Isolation Barrier

    The journey into motherhood can sometimes feel like a solitary adventure, especially when seeking to connect with other moms. Research, including studies like Dennis et al. (2020), emphasizes the vital role of peer support during the challenging transition to parenthood. LWAB recognizes this need and provides a unique platform for moms to break the isolation barrier.

    A Community Beyond Events

    At LWAB, we go beyond organizing playdates and meetups; we foster a community where meaningful connections thrive. Moms can participate in various activities, from stroller walks to park hangouts and coffee catch-ups, without the pressure of planning or having a perfect home. It's about creating opportunities to form connections with fellow moms who understand the unique journey of parenthood.

    Diverse Support Across Parenting Stages

    Whether your little one is just beginning their journey in the world or gearing up for school, LWAB events offer a space for every mom and child. It's a chance to build a network of friendships that transcends the boundaries of age and parenting stages – a village that supports, understands, and celebrates the diverse experiences of motherhood.

    Empowering Moms as Event Hosts

    The best part? You can actively contribute to this supportive network by becoming an Event Host. Hosting with LWAB isn't about having a spotless house or planning elaborate gatherings. It's about being a friendly face, welcoming other parents and kids to shared moments of connection. As an Event Host, you're not just creating events; you're creating opportunities for new moms to find their tribe.

    Embark on the Journey Together

    For new moms seeking friendships that understand the joys and challenges of parenthood, LWAB invites you to join our community. Let's embark on this journey together, creating friendships that last a lifetime and celebrating the beautiful chaos of motherhood.

    Ready to Connect? Become an Event Host Today!

    If you're ready to connect with fellow moms, consider becoming an Event Host with LWAB. Fill out the form at and unlock a world of friendship, support, and fun-filled events. Together, we can build a village that transforms the journey of motherhood into a shared, joyful adventure.

  • Wednesday, January 10, 2024 4:17 PM | Allison (Administrator)

    Leading up to #BellLetsTalkDay on January 24th, we will be posting a blog weekly. 

    The first blog is about Engaging Kids in the Conversation

    Breaking the stigma around mental health challenges starts by having the conversation with our kids early. Discussing mental health challenges, in a way that is appropriate for their age, allows them to be part of the conversation.

    There are a series of books that are available to help the conversation with children.

    The Color Monster: A Pop-up Book Of Feelings by Anna Llenas:

    Description: This interactive and beautifully illustrated pop-up book helps children explore and understand their emotions through the journey of the Color Monster. Each emotion is represented by a different color, making it an engaging and visually appealing way for children to identify and express their feelings.

    Breathe Like A Bear: 30 Mindful Moments For Kids To Feel Calm And Focused Anytime, Anywhere by Kira Willey:

    Description: Kira Willey's book provides a collection of mindfulness exercises designed specifically for children. Through 30 short activities, including breathing exercises and visualization techniques, kids can learn to manage stress, improve focus, and cultivate a sense of calmness in various situations.

    The Crayons' Book Of Feelings by Drew Daywalt:

    Description: This book, authored by the creator of "The Day the Crayons Quit," explores feelings through the lens of colorful crayons. It's an imaginative and playful way for children to connect with different emotions, fostering emotional intelligence and understanding in an enjoyable manner.

    My Strong Mind: A story about developing Mental Strength by Niels van Hove: 

    Description: In the first book of the series, Niels van Hove introduces children to the concept of mental strength. The story follows Kate, a character who learns to overcome challenges by developing a strong mind. It's a supportive resource for teaching kids about resilience and coping strategies.

    My Strong Mind II: The Power of Positive Thinking by Niels van Hove:

    Description: The second installment of "My Strong Mind" by Niels van Hove encourages positive thinking in children. It empowers them to develop resilience and a positive mindset, essential tools for navigating challenges and building mental strength.


    These books serve as excellent tools to initiate conversations about feelings, emotions, and mental well-being with children, promoting positive mental health from an early age.

    What other books do you recommend?

  • Friday, December 29, 2023 4:36 PM | Allison (Administrator)

    As I reflect on my journey, I'm reminded of the incredible transformations that life can bring when we embrace change and seek out new challenges. My path wasn't conventional, but it was filled with moments that shaped me into who I am today - a firm believer in the power of community and mental health advocacy.

    My story took an unexpected turn when, after years of studying human brain activity at Brock University, I found myself longing for a different challenge. Juggling academia, a career, and the joys of parenthood, I made a pivotal decision - to pursue a Master's in Applied Health Science while my children were young.

    Amidst academic rigor, there was a beacon of support and creating my village - Life With a Baby. Volunteering with LWAB became a cornerstone of my mental health journey. Hosting events wasn't just about social gatherings; it became a lifeline, fostering friendships and connections when I felt isolated during maternity leave. It encouraged me to step out, creating moments that uplifted my mental well-being.

    The friendships I formed through LWAB helped my perinatal anxiety I was experiencing, and have become a collection of beautiful lifelong memories of the connections we shared. I hope others remember our events as fondly.

    As my academic pursuits intertwined with my career at Brock University, my connection to LWAB remained unwavering. This connection laid the groundwork for a profound realization - the dire need for mental health support among parents.

    This year marks a milestone for LWAB - a dedicated focus on nurturing parents' mental health through free mental health therapy. It's a testament to our commitment to creating a supportive community where mental health challenges are met with empathy and professional care.

    Moreover, we're developing a peer matching program, an initiative close to my heart. This program seeks to foster connections among parents, providing a safe space for shared experiences, mutual support, and the strength found in empathetic understanding. It's an opportunity to create a network where no parent feels alone in their mental health journey.

    My personal evolution from a Social Event Host, to Community Manager, to the part-time Foundation Manager at LWAB isn't just a professional progression; it's a manifestation of my unwavering dedication to supporting mothers experiencing mental health challenges. Volunteering with LWAB didn't just enlighten me about mental health; it ignited a passion, a calling to walk alongside parents, offering guidance, empathy, and unwavering support.

    Join us in this transformative journey. Let's create a community where mental health challenges are met with understanding, compassion, and collective strength. Together, we'll continue to evolve, uplift, and empower each other.


    Allison Flynn-Bowman

    Foundation Manager, Life With A Baby, a program of Healthy Start, Healthy Future

  • Friday, December 08, 2023 5:00 PM | Allison (Administrator)

    Welcome to the whirlwind of the holiday season with your little bundles of joy! As we navigate the festive frenzy, it's crucial to remember that the magic of the season doesn't always come in grand gestures but often in the quiet, tender moments we share with our little ones. Life with a Baby understands the unique challenges parents face during the holidays, and we're here to help you navigate this season with grace and a gentle spirit.

    Setting Realistic Expectations:

    In the world of Instagram and Pinterest, it's easy to fall into the trap of comparing our holiday celebrations with picture-perfect scenes. Instead of chasing the elusive "perfect" holiday, focus on setting realistic expectations that align with the needs of your family, especially when you have little ones in tow. Embrace the imperfections and relish the joy found in the small, everyday moments.

    Simplify and Prioritize:

    With the chaos of the holiday season, it's essential to simplify and prioritize your commitments. Life with a Baby encourages you to prioritize quality time with your little ones over elaborate decorations or extravagant gifts. Choose a few meaningful traditions that resonate with your family values, allowing for a more relaxed and enjoyable holiday experience.

    Embracing the Calm:

    Amidst the hustle and bustle, find moments of calm to recharge and connect with your little ones. Consider joining one of our stroller walks or coffee meet-ups, where you can share the joys and challenges of parenthood with like-minded individuals. These simple, supportive gatherings can provide a sense of community and understanding during this busy time.

    Crafting Meaningful Moments:

    The essence of a gentle holiday lies in creating meaningful moments with your little ones. Engage in simple, age-appropriate activities that bring joy and foster connections. Whether it's decorating cookies, reading holiday stories, or enjoying a cozy movie night, focus on the experience rather than the outcome.

    Accessing Support:

    The holiday season can be overwhelming, and it's okay to seek support when needed. Life with a Baby offers free mental health therapy services for parents who may be feeling the weight of the season. Reach out if you need someone to talk to or if you're looking for guidance on managing the stress that can accompany this time of year.


    As we navigate the holiday season, let's shift our focus from the pressure to create a "perfect" holiday to embracing a gentle one. Life with a Baby is here to support you every step of the way, offering a community of understanding and resources to help make this season more about connection and joy. Remember, it's the small, tender moments that create the lasting memories for both you and your little ones. Wishing you a gentle and meaningful holiday season!

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