Pregnant this winter? This one’s for you.

Winter = dry skin at the best of times, but it can feel 10x worse during pregnancy. Which is why we’re thrilled to partner with Palmer’s Cocoa Butter formula to bring you mamas-to-be some much-needed relief.

Developed specifically for pregnant women, this lightweight non-greasy lotion helps improve skin elasticity and reduce the appearance of stretch marks – but don’t take our word for it. Palmer’s generously sent samples to one of our moms-to-be for testing. Here’s what she had to say about it:

When I was offered the chance to review Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula Stretch Mark Range, I was curious about the legendary stretch mark cream. Any research I had done online on preventing stretch marks had almost always recommended Palmer’s as the go-to for pregnant moms.  Also, being a busy working mom with an -ahem- spirited toddler, I barely had time to wash my hair, much less remember to buy and religiously apply any kind of cream.  

I was generously sent the Palmer’s Tummy Butter, Massage Cream and Massage Lotion for Stretch Marks to review.

The first thing I noticed when I opened up my package of Palmer’s Tummy Butter is the heavenly smell. It’s a rich cocoa scent, that isn’t too cloying like some scented lotions. It’s also incredibly thick. I found that I had to really dig my finger in to get a good amount to rub in. But once I did, my skin felt amazingly soft and hydrated, even until the next morning.  

The massage cream and massage lotion are easier to apply, and again, left my skin feeling soft and slightly scented.

With the dry winter air, I’ve taken to applying the tummy butter on my stomach, elbows and other areas that feel extremely dry and itchy, and the massage lotion to my arms, legs and feet. It’s the perfect antidote against dry, scaly skin and time will tell if it does prevent any stretch marks.  Either way, it’s helped my skin stay moisturized this winter, when sadly it’s normally neglected.

Looking To Move And Wondering If You Should Buy First Or Sell First?

Your family is growing and you need a home that can grow with you. So, as you start thinking about your impending move, you’re left with the lingering question “should I buy first or sell first?”

“While there is no ‘right’ answer, it’s important to know the potential pros and cons of both options,” says RECO Registrar Joseph Richer. “Regardless of whether you buy first or sell first, it’s a good idea to have a contingency plan in case your closing dates don’t align, leaving you with two homes, or no home,  for a period of time.”

Speaking with your registered real estate professional before starting the buying or selling process can help you decide which route is better suited to your family’s needs.

Buy first

Buying first can make the house hunting experience more enjoyable. Without a closing date looming on your existing home, you’ll have time to wait until the right home comes up for sale. It can also be less stressful knowing that if your offer is unsuccessful, you can wait for the next opportunity to come up.

The downside to buying first is if you are unable to sell your home fast enough, you will find yourself owning two homes at once. The result could mean paying two mortgages at the same time, not to mention all the other costs of home ownership. Additionally, you may have trouble securing a mortgage for the new home.

As a buyer with an existing home to sell, you can protect yourself by making your offer conditional on the sale of your current home. That means if you’re unable to sell within a specified period of time, you’re able to back out of the transaction. However, it’s worth pointing out that this condition will likely make your offer less attractive to the seller, especially if you’re buying in an area with a hot market.

Sell first

The biggest benefit of selling first, aside from removing the risk of owning two homes at once, is you’ll know how much money the sale brought in, which will help determine how much you can afford to pay for the next place.

As helpful as that is to know, the challenge is that you’ll find yourself in a race against the clock, with your closing date looming and potentially no home to move into when you move out of your current one. If you’re not careful, you may end up rushing the buying process and settling for a home that isn’t ideal for you, or paying more than you planned because you feel pressured.

Have a contingency plan

Regardless of which route you choose, it’s a smart idea to have a back-up plan in place in case you are left with two homes, or no home, for a period of time.

If the sale of your home closes first, you might consider a short-term rental or moving in with family or friends. This could be better than settling for a less-than-ideal home because you are rushed.

If the purchase of your new home closes first, you might need something called “bridge financing” to cover the down payment and other closing costs until the sale of your current home closes.

“No matter which option you choose, it’s important to remember that a registered real estate professional is knowledgeable about market conditions and will offer advice and solutions to guide you through the process,” says Richer. “They will be able to discuss various scenarios to make sure you have realistic expectations about what may happen and help you come up with a plan that works for you and your growing family.”

 

There’s a lot of information out there about market trends and how to get the best price, but you also need to know about your rights and responsibilities as a home buyer or seller.  The Real Estate Council of Ontario (RECO) can help you with that.

When it comes to real estate transactions, the more you know, the better you’re protected. Visit RECO’s website to learn more.

Check out some more helpful articles including 4 must-do tips before you start the home buying process, as well as the 5 questions you should ask before selecting a real estate representative.

Win Tickets To The Baby Show + An Exclusive Baby Show Discount Code

Would you like to win tickets to The Baby Show, Toronto’s premium pregnancy and early parenting event this Fall?

The Baby Show is Toronto’s premium pregnancy and early parenting event for expectant moms, new parents and families with babies. It takes place Saturday, Oct 13, 2018, 9am to 6pm and Sunday, Oct 14, 2018 – 10am to 5pm at the Enercare Centre, Hall B, Exhibition Place (100 Princes’ Blvd, Toronto)

Tickets are $15 online – but you can save $3 with our exclusive Baby Show promo code MC2018 (Kids 12 and under are free.)

Better yet, enter to win a set of 2 tickets here.  Contest closes Oct 11, 2018.  Winner will be contacted via email.

With over 250 brands, national and local exhibitors, The Baby Show highlights include:

Toddler Fun

Watch your little ones’ faces light up as they get face to face with one of their favourite characters! Attend three very special meet & greets throughout the show weekend with Peppa Pig + George, Cheer Bear and PJ Masks!

Saturday

PJ Masks 9:30am – 12:30pm

Cheer Bear 1pm – 4pm

Peppa Pig + George 2pm – 5pm

Sunday

PJ Masks 10am – 1pm

Cheer Bear 1:30pm – 4:30pm

Peppa Pig + George 2pm – 5pm

Photo opportunities, colouring sheets, hugs and so many smiles!

Massage Area

New and expectant moms can experience a free massage to help alleviate ailments related to pregnancy and caring for baby.

Seminar Stage

Plan your visit and hear local and national parenting experts speak on a variety of topics ranging from what parents need to know about breastfeeding to morning sickness in pregnancy. All speakers are also available for question and answer periods after their talks. Visit our website for a complete schedule.

RBC Insurance Health & Wellness Mat

Take part in a prenatal yoga class and you could walk away with one of 20 yoga mats from Gaiam! Learn about infant massage, enjoy a fitness demo and how to prepare for birth from top experts.

Safety 1st Product & Safety Stage

This stage offers an introduction to cloth diapering, sleep solutions, car seat safety and babyproofing your home seminars as well as first aid for the first year!

Kanga Care Cloth Diaper Workshops

Join Kanga Care in their booth for cloth diaper workshops every hour, on the hour!

Etsy Junior Area

A dedicated area on the show floor for select exhibitors showcasing handmade, local products from brands found on Etsy.

Safety 1st Sleep Clinic

Free sleep consultations from the sleep experts at KinderSleep! Consultants will be ready to help you with your sleep concerns and answer all of your questions. 

3D Ultrasounds

Visit the Tiny Hearts booth for your very own 3D Ultrasound, performed on site, all weekend!

Speaker Series Highlights: TBC

Dr. Paul Roumeliotis:  Important Information About Vaccines

Lianne Phillipson:  First Foods

Margaret Wallis-Duffy:  The Millennial Mom’s Survival Toolkit

Dr. Sarah Mickeler:  Practical Tips for an Easier Birth & Better Pregnancy

St. John Ambulance:  First Aid Essentials in the First Year of Life

Ashley Chapman:  Pelvic Health Basics For Birth

Lindsay Westcott:  Post Partum Anxiety

Ann Douglas:  Toddler Trivia

Canada Day BBQ or Picnic Treats From Farm Boy!

Guest Blog Post From Mommy Connections Alumni, Kirsti Stubbs

You know when you find a place to eat that you and your kids both love? As a mom to two young kiddos that means it is clean and convenient (bathrooms, etc) but it’s also healthy, reasonably priced and there is something for everyone’s moody/picky taste!

Well imagine that convenience PLUS you can also buy your grocery essentials! That is Farm Boy friends. When the store opened earlier this year in Alderwood, a neighbourhood in Etobicoke,  my little ones and I were immediately in love. It’s now our go to for quick meals before soccer practice, a place to run to when we are out of something, or a weekly grocery shop on weekends. The kids love Mikey the monkey swinging in the produce aisle and the interactive food stations, epic hot buffet, and their baked goods.

The store (which is an Ontario-based company!) carries gourmet brands, locally made products and an amazing selection of their own Farm Boy brand. We visited recently to try some of their newest products and they were all delicious, so we had to share with you what made it into our cart in hopes of inspiring you to create your own Canada Day BBQ or picnic!

As an appy, the new summer sizzling Grill’m Dips are delicious – they come in foil trays which you put on the grill until they warm up all melty and delicious. They come in Buffalo Cauliflower, Asiago Artichoke and Bacon Corn Jalapeno which we enjoyed. Some fresh veggies or fresh baguette and pita poppers are perfect sides.

For the main we picked up a Farm Boy Harvest Kale Salad and their in-house vegan salad dressing in Apple Cider Goji Berry to pair with Artisan Sausages in variety of pork flavours like Bratwurst, Hot Italian, The Great Canadian and Curry. Their sausages are made fresh, with mouth-watering ingredients and none of the bad stuff like MSG or fillers. They are also 100% gluten free ingredients!

We finished off the meal with a cake and ice cream. Their Loaf Cake is made in the bakery from scratch, using their Chef’s original recipes and high-quality ingredients like freshly roasted walnuts, farm fresh eggs, bananas and grated carrots. They come in a variety of flavours – Banana Chocolate Chip, Carrot, Lemon Thyme, Cranberry Orange and Maple Walnut which we tried and LOVED!

Farm Boy Gelato is rich and creamy, made in small batches using 100% Canadian homogenized milk – flavours like salted peanut and toffee cappuccino are stashed in our freezer at all times. The kids ask for “Farm Boy Sandwiches” as if it’s a healthy lunch however they are most definitely referring to their ice cream sandwiches – they come in chocolate fudge or chocolate chip and both are a perfect blend of chewy cookies and fresh soft ice cream!

Enjoy your Canada Day feast!

Product Review: January Baby UV Swimsuit

Swimsuit season. This term always elicits a panicked response in me, as my mind goes to the thought of swimsuit shopping.   After a long winter the idea of stripping down to try on bathing suits under the store’s neon lights, carrying some winter weight, and having no tan to speak of is not on my list of favourite things to do. But this year, my first as a new mom, the term swimsuit season has managed to produce a panicked response again, but for different reasons. Instead of the aesthetic, superficial ones I am very honed in on sun safety for my baby’s fresh skin.

As a meteorologist and Television host on The Weather Network, I am a self-confessed weather nerd and not only do I always look at the forecast, but as we hit spring, I start to notice the UV index. I don’t need to give you a lecture about it, you know the drill, UV rays are dangerous and the main cause of skin cancer. Just know this, in the summer months the UV (Ultra Violet) index forecast trends on being in the ‘high’ range, and unprotected skin (and this of course varies based on skin type) can burn in approximately 15 to 20 minutes.

So while I can buy a just for fashion, not practical, uncomfortable bikini for myself I am going sensible for my baby. Then I was given a full body UPF50 swimsuit by January Baby. I checked to see if it met all my requirements. Does it have a UPF (Ultraviolet Protection Factor) of 50?   Does it have a zipper? No buttons please. Does it have long sleeves? Will it cover her little legs all the way to her ankle? Yes it does.

This brand January Baby checks off those boxes, and from a design perspective I love their colour block swimsuits. They look chic, but not too busy. I also love that these suits are full length in the sleeves and legs, and this is one of the biggest differences I see between this brand and other swimsuits out there.   The longer length adds that extra coverage. Oh, also, their suits are UPF 50, which means it allows only 1/50 of the sun’s rays to penetrate the fabric, and is the highest rating available.

My little one simply has to wear this swimsuit and she will be protected, mother win! Now that swimsuit season is all taken care of for my baby, we have to find one for mommy’s post baby, in between sizes, body. Wish me luck!

 ~ Written By Nicole Karkic

Nicole is a self confessed weather nerd.  She’s a meteorologist and on-air host on the national morning show on The Weather Network.  Besides the 2:30 am alarm clock she loves her job, and keeping Canadians up to date on the weather.  She is a new mom to one little girl Marlowe and hopes to give her a little sister or brother soon.   She lives in the west end of Toronto, and calls High Park her happy place.

A Message from Mommy Connections new CEO (that’s me!)

If you’re on the main Mommy Connections email list, you’ve likely seen the big news (which has been brewing for months, and I’m so excited to finally shout it out):

I am the new owner of Mommy Connections Inc.!

Many of you may be saying, “Wait a minute, I thought you already WERE Mommy Connections?!”

The truth is, Mommy Connections is WAY bigger than just my West Toronto program.  In fact, there is a team of almost 30 directors across Canada. We have Mommy Connections chapters from coast to coast, lead by a team of passionate and caring directors who are all leaders in their community.  

The company was founded in Edmonton by Carol McBee almost 9 years ago. I was one of the first ones to join the team when I started the West Toronto chapter. Throughout the years I have participated in many aspects of growing the corporate business, including licensing, program planning and brand partnerships. When Carol announced that her family was relocating to Texas, I approached her about buying the national business, so that I could carry on the wonderful momentum that she has created.

Carol McBee (left) and Karen Davey (right)

I want to thank all of you for letting me snuggle your babies and share in your parenting journeys for the past 8 years. I’m so proud of the vibrant and supportive community we have created, and I truly hope that you have found your village through Mommy Connections.

It’s for that reason that I plan to also continue on as the director of the West Toronto chapter. My own family has grown up alongside this community, and I am not ready to let you all go! Throughout the years there has been a sisterhood through those sleepless nights, challenges breastfeeding, and sheer joy of watching our tiny creations achieve those early milestones. You all are as much a part of my family, as my own husband and son.  

Speaking of my (real life!) family, I want to thank them for being such a source of inspiration, support and strength as I take this big leap into the next chapter of my career. I know that leading Mommy Connections is my calling, but it has meant that my family has had to make many sacrifices along the way. I hope that my journey through entrepreneurship teaches my son the importance of following your dreams, and that if you truly believe in something, you are unstoppable.

To an exciting new chapter,

Karen Davey

(Incoming) President & CEO

GTA Baby Show Round Up!

Fall is here, which means it’s Baby Show Season!

Would you like to win tickets to The Baby Show, Toronto’s premium pregnancy and early parenting event this Spring?

The Baby Show is Toronto’s premium pregnancy and early parenting event for expectant moms, new parents and families with babies. It takes place Saturday, April 14, 2018, 9am to 6pm and Sunday, April 15, 2018 – 10am to 5pm in Hall B at the Enercare Centre, Exhibition Place Hall B which is located at 100 Princes’ Blvd in Toronto.

Tickets are $15 online – but you can save $3 with our exclusive Baby Show promo code MC2018 Kids 12 and under are free.

Better yet, you can enter to Win 2 Tickets To The Toronto Baby show!

You have come to the right place if you are looking for a baby show discount code for 2018!


The Babytime Show is back at The International Centre, Hall 1, from Friday, April 27 to Sunday, April 29. Learn all about having the best pregnancy ever, how to balance parenthood with the rest of your life, try out popular brands, find exciting new products, be surrounded by other new and soon-to-be parents, and get ready for parenting! This is THE baby show to attend in the Toronto area, offering leading parenting experts, major brands, unique artisans, stellar education and top-notch toddler entertainment, all under one roof.

Head to www.babytimeshows.ca and buy your tickets now; use promo code MCMT to save $3.

Better yet, enter to win two tickets to The BabyTime Show here!

You have come to the right place if you are looking for a baby show discount code for 2018!


The Baby Show Spring 2018 Discount

Would you like to win tickets to The Baby Show, Toronto’s premium pregnancy and early parenting event this Spring?

The Baby Show is Toronto’s premium pregnancy and early parenting event for expectant moms, new parents and families with babies. It takes place Saturday, April 14, 2018, 9am to 6pm and Sunday, April 15, 2018 – 10am to 5pm in Hall B at the Enercare Centre, Exhibition Place Hall B which is located at100 Princes’ Blvd in Toronto.

Tickets are $15 online – but you can save $3 with our exclusive Baby Show promo code MC2018 Kids 12 and under are free.

Better yet, you can enter to Win 4 Tickets To The Toronto Baby show!

You have come to the right place if you are looking for a baby show discount code for 2018!


The next Healthy Moms Toronto Marketplace is at Wychwood Barns on Sunday, April 15, 2018. This is a FREE event! Shop from a curated selection of natural/organic/sustainable items for the whole family. Enjoy healthy food options, a breast/bottle feeding lounge and complimentary onsite childcare, in case you need a little solo shopping time. Healthy Moms Discount Cardholders will have access to awesome deals but don’t worry – If you don’t have a card yet, you’ll be able to get it at the marketplace. Visit their website for a list of participating vendors. BRING YOUR FRIENDS…This is an event you won’t want to miss!!


Baby CPR Class in Toronto

Are you expecting a baby?

Join Mommy Connections and Emergency Response Training (ERT) for a Baby and Child CPR & First Aid training workshop on Sunday May 6, 3:30-6pm!  This informative course consists of New Red Cross Standards, runs approximately 2.5 hours in length and finishes when participants feel confident with their CPR & First aid skills.

The Toronto Infant and Child CPR and First Aid class includes:

  • Baby/Child CPR
  • Choking emergencies and common potential choking hazards for children & infants
  • Understanding SIDS, sudden infant death syndrome
  • Crib safety
  • Treating falls – signs & symptoms for concussions
  • Anaphylactic shock & epi pen usage/protocol (optional)
  • Severe allergies – what to look for and what to avoid (optional)
  • Fevers and febrile seizures (optional)
  • Accessing EMS – 911
  • Question/answer first aid session
  • Child safety hand-out (emailed after workshop completion)
  • After course email and phone forum open to any participants with first aid questions

The cost is only $45 per person. The baby CPR class takes place at Westmount Gallery, located at 88 Advance Road (Islington, South of Bloor) There is free parking onsite.  A Free 2nd Refresher course is included anytime within 12 months of the initial workshop. Ask for details!

Please note that this course is specially designed for new parents, grandparents, family members & caregivers. It does not provide certification.  If you have any questions, please contact karen@mommyconnections.ca.

“We really enjoyed the CPR session yesterday. Valerie is an enthusiastic, knowledgeable instructor and we learned so much. Lots of practical advice, and well presented!”

– Past Participant


 

Toronto’s Best Baby Show – the BabyTime Show presented by Babies R Us– returns to the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, November 10-12, 2017. No other baby show in the Toronto area has the major brands, unique artisans, innovative products, important services, parenting experts, stellar education and top notch toddler entertainment all under one roof!

New at the Fall BabyTime Show will be the Healthy Moms Marketplace. A dedicated area on the show floor for select exhibitors with a focus on health and wellness and natural/organic/eco-friendly products and services specifically for moms and babies. This area will be showcasing some of the over 250 participating businesses with the Healthy Moms Discount Card, offering amazing show specials for cardholders! If you are interested in natural skincare products, organic baby clothing, non-toxic cleaning products and a chance to speak with health professionals including chiropractors, acupuncturists, sleep consultants, doulas and fitness experts, then you won’t want to miss the Healthy Moms Toronto Marketplace at the Fall BabyTime Show!

Mommy Connections fans can save $3 off the online adult admission price with the promo code MCBTF17 

You can also enter to win 2 tickets to The BabyTime Show here.


Check out The Baby Show, Toronto’s premium pregnancy and early parenting event at The Enercare Centre, Hall D on Sept 23 & 24, 2017

Spend the day getting pampered, learning from experts, and shopping everything pregnancy, baby and toddler from top local and national brands!

Save $5 off the $15 ticket with the online code MC5 or enter to win 2 tickets here.


Congratulations on the upcoming arrival of your baby-to-be! As your due date approaches, one of the best things you can do is put aside the to-do list (the stroller research, nursery decorating, and million other tasks can wait!) and prepare YOU for what’s to come.

You’re invited to join us at MIT (Mama In Training) on Sunday Sept 24th for an afternoon workshop where we’ll do just that. You’ll gain valuable knowledge to help you prepare for childbirth and the early postpartum period (the ‘fourth trimester’ when babe would rather be back inside the comfy hotel you created than in the outside world!), and – perhaps most importantly – meet a tribe of supportive women who are at the same stage as you.

We’ll delve into nutrition, preparing your body physically for childbirth, and what to expect when it comes to breastfeeding. Then we’ll facilitate a discussion amongst your fellow moms-to-be so that you don’t feel so alone in this crazy adventure. And finally, we’ll finish off with a relaxing pre-natal pilates class, suitable for all fitness levels.

This workshop is for women only, and is designed to complement – not replace – a more traditional pre-natal program.  There will be tons of time for socializing, door prizes, and you’ll also leave with a special gift bag.

MIT (Mom In Training) Workshop

Date: Sunday Nov 19th, 2017

Time: 1-5pm

Location: Retrofit Pilates in Bloor West Village

Cost: $49 +HST

For full details, visit  www.mommyconnections.ca/west-toronto/products/1-mit-momintraining to reserve your spot.

You may also want to join one of our Infant & Child CPR & First Aid courses.


Are you thinking of cloth diapering?  Save 30% off Wonderwear with the promo code MommyConnectWTO.

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Spring will be here before we know it, which means it’s Baby Show Season!

Toronto’s Original Baby Show – the BabyTime Show presented by Babies R Us – returns to The International Centre, Hall 5 on April 28-30, 2017 . No other baby show in the Toronto area has the major brands, unique artisans, innovative products, important services, parenting experts, stellar education and top notch toddler entertainment all under one roof! Mommy Connections fans can save $5 on BabyTime tickets, with our unique online promo code MOMMY Enter to win a pair of tickets to The BabyTime Show.


Check out The Baby Show, Toronto’s premium pregnancy and early parenting event at The Enercare Centre, Hall D on April 1 and 2, 2017

Spend the day getting pampered, learning from experts, and shopping everything pregnancy, baby and toddler from top local and national brands! Be sure to stop by our Mommy Connections booth and say hello!

Save $3 off the $15 ticket with the online code MC2017 or enter to win 2 tickets here.


 


Enter for your chance to win a pair of tickets to The Baby Show, Toronto’s premium pregnancy and early parenting event

Spend the day getting pampered, learning from experts, and shopping everything pregnancy, baby and toddler from top local and national brands! Be sure to stop by our Mommy Connections booth and say hello!

Mommy Connections fans can save $3 off the $15 ticket price with the online promo code MC2016, buy yours here.

The show takes place Oct 1st and 2nd at the Enercare Centre, Hall D. Contest closes Sept 26, 2016. Winner will be contacted via email.


The Baby Show, takes place April 2 and 3, 2016 at the Enercare Centre, Exhibition Place. Save $3 off the online ticket price when you purchase your ticket here with the promo code MC2016. Plus enter to win a free set of tickets here!

Mommy Connections fans can save $3 off the $15 ticket price with the online promo code MC2016, buy yours here.

The show takes place Oct 1st and 2nd at the Enercare Centre, Hall D. Contest closes Sept 26, 2016. Winner will be contacted via email.

The Baby Show, takes place April 2 and 3, 2016 at the Enercare Centre, Exhibition Place. Save $3 off the online ticket price when you purchase your ticket here with the promo code MC2016. Plus enter to win a free set of tickets here!


Toronto’s Original Baby Show – the BabyTime Show presented by Babies R Us –  returns to the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, November 11-13, 2016. No other baby show in the Toronto area has the major brands, unique artisans, innovative products, important services, parenting experts, stellar education and top notch toddler entertainment all under one roof!  Mommy Connections fans can save $5 off BabyTime tickets, with the online promo code MOMMY.

You can also win one of two sets of tickets by entering our contest here:   a Rafflecopter giveaway

New at the Fall BabyTime Show will be the Carter’s Osh Kosh Fashion Show happening Saturday and Sunday at the Dyson Toddler Time Stage. The new Bob the Builder show will headline the toddler entertainment and your little ones will love the opportunity to meet the Little Charmers and characters from Paw Patrol.

Visitors will once again have the opportunity to enter to win a great prize from UPPAbaby! Twice daily at 12pm and 4pm UPPAbaby will be giving away two G-Luxe strollers valued at $339.95 each.

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Enter for your chance to win a pair of tickets to The Baby Show, Toronto’s premium pregnancy and early parenting event

Spend the day getting pampered, learning from experts, and shopping everything pregnancy, baby and toddler from top local and national brands! Be sure to stop by our Mommy Connections booth and say hello!

Mommy Connections fans can save $3 off the $15 ticket price with the online promo code MC2016, buy yours here.

The show takes place Oct 1st and 2nd at the Enercare Centre, Hall D.  Contest closes Sept 26, 2016.  Winner will be contacted via email.

The Baby Show, takes place April 2 and 3, 2016 at the Enercare Centre, Exhibition Place. Save $3 off the online ticket price when you purchase your ticket here with the promo code MC2016.  Plus enter to win a free set of tickets here!

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The Fall Babytime Show takes place November 6-8 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.  Save 40% off admission prices when you buy your tickets online here with the code MOMMY15.  Plus, you’re invited to our free pre-natal event: Optimal Health & Nutrition During Pregnancy.  The event takes place on Sunday Nov 22, 10:30-12pm at Darou Wellness.  For more information, or to register for this free event click here.

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Join us this Fall at The Baby Show, October 5 and October 6 at the Enercare Centre, Hall D, Exhibition Place.  Save $3 off your ticket price with the exclusive coupon code MC2015!  Or, enter to win a pair of free tickets here: a Rafflecopter giveaway.

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Join us at the Spring BabyTime Show April 24-26 at The International Centre.  Print off our exclusive Baby Time 2 for 1 ticket, or buy your 2 for 1 tickets online with the code MommyConnections15.  That’s a $16 savings!  Going solo?  Save $3 with the code BTS15.  Don’t forget to stop by our booth 627 to say hi and WIN BIG!

2 for 1 BabyTime Coupon

The Baby Show was on March 28th and 29th at The Direct Energy Centre.  Save $3 off online tickets with the code MC2015 here.  To win fee tickets to The Toronto Baby Show click here.

To check out one of Canada’s most popular Mom & Baby programs click here.

This has been such a popular blog post, we have updated it to include all Mom & Baby Shows taking place in the GTA in Spring 2015!

baby show toronto, baby shows toronto, baby expo toronto, baby show, baby show toronto 2013, baby show gta, toronto baby show, gta baby showThe 16th Annual Spring Baby Time Show –  April 25 – 27, 2014 –  International Centre, Hall 5

The Baby Time Show is the ultimate event dedicated to Pregnancy, Birth, Baby and Toddler. Join our mailing list to receive an exclusive discount on show tickets.  This year’s show features more than 250 exhibitors showcasing the latest in toys, health and nutrition, technology, child care, maternity, children’s apparel and décor.  A great day out to learn, shop and have fun all within one vibrant place celebrating parenthood! TALK TO THE EXPERTS behind your favourite brands and take advantage of great show specials.  LEARN from Top Pregnancy and Parenting Experts like Ann Douglas. Toddlers will be star struck when they meet their favourite characters live. This year’s special guests include Dora the Explorer and Boots, Diego, Blue and The Wonderpets.  If you purchase your tickets here with the promo code: mommy you can take advantage of our exclusive $2 coupon for the Spring BabyTime Show!  Head on over to our Facebook page to win a free pair of tickets to the show.

Spring Made by Hand Show – Saturday April 12th, 11-5pm at The International Centre, Mississauga

At the Spring Made By Hand Show you can shop with over 150 handmade exhibitors. Bring the kids for facepainting, balloon animals, crafts.  The first 250 shoppers will receive a free swag bag filled with goodies from our sponsors and vendors.

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The High Tea Soiree – Sunday May 26, 2013 – The Intercontinental Yorkville

The High Tea Soiree is an elite & tres chic event for posh mommies showcasing to the top purveyors in the industry.  At this plush show, you, our guest, will be able to browse and shop for the finest essentials for your modern parenting lifestyle while being treated to formal high tea seating, wine, pampering stations and gorgeous inspiration boards.  We have hand-selected more than 50 of Toronto’s premier professionals who will be exhibiting the very best the industry has to offer including baby, toddler + mama gear, accessories, clothing, skin care, parenting services, photography, stationery designers, cake artisans, event + food stylists, entertainers, party + event rental companies and more. Browse and shop the latest and hottest essentials for the modern parenting lifestyle.  You can also meet, mingle and learn from industry experts.  Relax in the Mama Beauty Bar while sipping on your cocktail and indulge in a mini makeover, manicure, relaxing massage and so much more.

Etobicoke Mompreneur Showcase and Mom2Mom Sale  – Saturday June 8th, 9-3pm  (Mom2Mom sale ends at noon) at Etobicoke Centennial Park Arena, Etobicoke

The Etobicoke Mompreneur Showcase will be filled with 100 Mompreneurs from Etobicoke and around the GTA selling items and promoting their businesses. The second arena will be filled with 100 mom vendors selling their gently used second hand baby/children’s clothes, toys and kid gear.

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It’s Baby Show Season!  You probably know about the massive Baby Time Show taking place at International Centre April 27-29th,  but are you also aware of these 4 local shows happening this Spring?

The Original Baby Soiree – Sunday March 11, – The Intercontinental Yorkville

The Original Baby Soiree is a lavish affair with a focus on expectant and new mommies. This is not your typical mass-expo event but rather an elite experience and a true treat; an intimate and interactive event to inspire and celebrate. At this plush show, 200 + moms will be able to browse and shop for the finest essentials for their modern parenting lifestyle while being treated to fabulous food, mocktails, pampering and inspiration boards. It’s the only event where expectant moms, new moms (and their lovelies) can meet and mingle, learn from industry experts, get pampered, inspired and celebrate life in a family-friendly stylish venue.

Purchase your tickets here

The Babeebloomz Bump 2 Toddler Show – Saturday April 14, 10-5pm at The Meeting House, Oakville

The Babeebloomz Show has sourced out the most elite experts in various fields to speak to families about many of the important topics new families struggle with daily. We have invited local resources such as Doula Support, Multiple Birth Chapters, Region of Peel, Lactation Support, Autism Support and Peel Paramedics. We are offering free registered childcare so parents can venture the show and listen to speakers without worry or distraction. Together with local vendors, families will be able to leave the Babeebloomz Show with a better sense of support, community and accomplishment rather than being more overwhelmed.

Spring Made by Hand Show – Saturday April 21, 11-5pm at The International Centre, Mississauga

At the Spring Made By Hand Show you can shop with over 150 handmade exhibitors. Bring the kids for facepainting, balloon animals, crafts.  From 2:00pm – 5:00pm Cinderella will be visiting. Door proceeds benefit Crafting for a Cure.  The first 100 shoppers will receive a free swag bag filled with goodies from our sponsors and vendors.

Etobicoke Mompreneur Showcase – Saturday May 26th, 10-4pm at Etobicoke Centennial Park Arena, Etobicoke

The Etobicoke Mompreneur Showcase will be filled with 100 Mompreneurs from Etobicoke and around the GTA selling items and promoting their businesses. The second arena will be filled with 100 mom vendors selling their gently used second hand baby/childrens clothes, toys and kid gear.

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Why Is Val From Workin’ Moms My Hero?

Want to know my biggest fear about running my own business?

I worry that new moms will no longer gravitate towards me and my programs now that my son is 8, and we were never able to have more children.

It was so easy when I found myself living through the same daily challenges that you are all experiencing. There was a sisterhood in those sleepless nights, challenges breastfeeding, and the sheer joy of watching our tiny creations achieve those early milestones.  Here’s one of the few photos I have of Charlie (aka Iron Man) and I at one of our Mommy Connections classes way back in 2012:

I always assumed I would have more babies, and that the cycle would just continue on.  However, now that my child is in grade 3 (gulp!), I ask myself – can I still lead an amazing program focussed solely on babies?

The answer is yes.

Because Mommy Connections isn’t about ME. It’s about all of YOU.

It’s about a community of moms of all stages, beliefs and parenting practices…who are all trying to do what’s best for their family. My role is to create a safe, judgement-free space, where we can harness the power of all coming together.

My struggles with secondary infertility have left me with such a profound sense of gratitude for being able to experience the miracle of motherhood (even if it was only once). It’s such an amazing gift and without a doubt, the most incredible thing that has ever happened to me. And so, as the brilliant Maya Angelou said:

My hope is to teach you to trust your instincts and honour your intuition.  To show you how amazing you all are as mothers – no matter the choices you make, or the situations you face.

I hope to give you a village full of support, a community that lets you know that you’re not alone in this wild ride.

So why is Val from Workin’ Moms my hero?

She is strange and quirky and full of odd advice. I’m sure none of the moms in her Toddler Time class can really relate to her as a mother.

But they adore her anyways, because they realize just how much she adores them.

Val Workin Moms

The Best Summer Camps In West Toronto – 2018 Edition – The Mommy Connections Fave 5!

Did you survive the “Hunger Games” (aka Toronto Parks & Recreation registration)?! If you found yourself hitting refresh for 2 hours, and still you only ended up on waiting lists, fear not! We have you covered with 5 local Summer Camps guaranteed to please any aged camper!

1. Sports Camps Canada (Formerly Lytton Sports Camp)

NIKE Sports Camps at James Gardens combines fun based learning and instruction in tennis from a team of certified tennis professionals. Nestled along the Humber River in Etobicoke, Nike Sports Camp at James Gardens is perfect for soccer, nature walks, discovery learning and of course playing tennis on three hard court surfaces and two mini court areas for kids who are learning the game. The atmosphere at Nike Sports Camps is perfect for all skill levels and provides a safe and supportive environment for game-based learning for students aged 4-14.  Participants will leave with improved confidence, friendships and awesome Nike Camp Shirts and Prizes! Join Nike Sports Camps for some SERIOUS FUN this summer!

Age: 4-14 years

Location: James Gardens, 235 Edenbridge Drive

Cost: Full Weeks: $385.00 (HST included) for Full Days, $255 (HST included) for half days. Before and after care available. Mommy Connections fans can save $15 with the promo code MC15. Visit Sports Camps Canada to register.

2.  High Junction Gymnastics

High Junction Gymnastics provides a safe, fun and positive place for children of all ages and ability to learn gymnastics. At their Summer camp, kids enjoy gymnastics in the morning followed by theme activities and trips in the afternoon. They end their day with one more hour of gymnastics. Weekly trips include visits to local attractions like Centre Island, the Gardiner Museum and High Park. Show weeks consists of a performance for the parents/family on Fridays at 3:30pm.  Their 3300 square foot facility with state of the art equipment is located in the Junction and High Park area, with easy access by public transit and complimentary 2 hour parking.

COST: $295 / week, half day programs also available

Age: 4-14 years

Location: High Junction Gymnastics (40G-2340, Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M6P 4A9)

3.  MakerKids

Empowering the makers of tomorrow! Childhood is the most formative stage of life. If a person realizes that they are a leader when they are a child, they’ll carry that with them for the rest of their life. MakerKids offers award-winning Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) programs that are recommended by experts, parents, and children alike. At their Summer camps, children learn technical skills in coding, robotics, or Minecraft as well as social skills, building a positive relationship with technology, and how to change the world. They also enjoy daily outings to local parks. Help your child become a MakerKid today! ​

Age: Grades 1-8

Location: 2451 Bloor St W, 2nd Floor (Bloor & Jane St)

Cost: $400-600 – extended care also available.

4. Neighbour Note

Are your little ones always singing, and dancing? If so, Neighbour Note Summer Camps might be the camp for you. Offering a wide array of ‘edgy’ music-focused camps – think song writing, music video production, and their ever-popular band camp – where children will work in small groups on all aspects of their ‘project’, and gain a ton of musical instruction along the way.  In Little Rockers Band Camp, children work together to write songs, design t-shirts with band names and logos, and learn to play some beginner rock tunes! All band members will spend the morning receiving introductory tutorials on guitar, bass, voice and song writing.  Then they head to a real rehearsal studio for full out jam sessions complete with drums and drum tutorials. Campers also walk to the local park for lunch and play (weather permitting). Camp also includes a Rock Showcase performance for friends and family at the end of the week!

Age: 5-10 years

Location: Mornings at 76 Anglesey Blvd, afternoons at Rehearsal Factory, 160 Islington Ave (Lakeshore & Islington)

Cost: Full Week: $350 for 9am-4pm or $240 for half days. Early drop-off and late pick-up can be arranged; call to discuss the details.

 

 

 

 

 

5.  Pedalheads Bike Camps / Heroheads Camp

Set your child on the path to a lifelong love of riding with Pedalheads! You’ll be amazed at how quickly your child picks up the skills to be safe and competent on their bike. From training wheels to trails, Pedalheads provides safe, fun and challenging bike camps for children aged 4-12.  Since 1995 they have taught over 200,000 children to ride, using their own Pedalheads® teaching method, combined with small classes and exceptional instructors. They teach beginners right up to competent riders the skills they need to succeed on the trails and the streets.

Heroheads is a multi-sport camp with a superhero twist! Kids (ages 4-8) kick-start their passion for sports through a variety of skills, drills, obstacle courses, and games to build their “superpowers”! On the last day of camp, kids get the chance to put their superpowers to the test in the Super 7 Challenge and Heroheads Rescue Race to earn their very own superhero cape and mask!

Age: 4-12 years

Locations: Toronto – Bloor West: James Culnan Catholic School, 605 Willard Avenue

Etobicoke: Humber Valley United Church, 76 Anglesey Blvd

Etobicoke: St. Gregory Elementary, 126 Rathburn Road

Cost:  Full Day $419, Half Day $229, Pre-school $119.  Before and after care available.

Win Tickets To The Baby Show + An Exclusive Baby Show Discount Code

The Baby Show Coupon

Would you like to win tickets to The Baby Show, Toronto’s premium pregnancy and early parenting event this Spring?

The Baby Show is Toronto’s premium pregnancy and early parenting event for expectant moms, new parents and families with babies. It takes place Saturday, April 14, 2018, 9am to 6pm and Sunday, April 15, 2018 – 10am to 5pm in Hall B at the Enercare Centre, Exhibition Place Hall B (100 Princes’ Blvd, Toronto)

Tickets are $15 online – but you can save $3 with our exclusive Baby Show promo code MC2018 (Kids 12 and under are free.)

Better yet, enter to win a set of 4 tickets here.  Contest closes April 9, 2018.  Winner will be contacted via email.

Workshop Series

New this year, The Baby Show is introducing paid, intimate workshops to its content! Buy your tickets to one of four educational workshops and spend an hour and a half with an expert to help guide you through early parenthood with confidence and the skills to do better!

  1. Ann Douglas – The Mother of All Toddler Workshops
Eager to learn how to bring out the best (as opposed to the worst) in your toddler? Join bestselling parenting author Ann Douglas for a guided tour of the rollercoaster ride that is the toddler years. BONUS: Your ticket includes a signed copy of the second edition of The Mother of All Toddler Books, which Ann will be launching at the show.
  2. Sarah Rosensweet – Welcoming a New Baby: Helping Your Older Child Adjust

Learn how to manage this difficult transition BEFORE things fall apart. We will discuss how to best prepare your child for his or her new sibling, how to manage the transition, and how to handle jealousy and aggression should they become an issue. Bonus: Tips for how to manage the challenges of caring for a baby and a small child at the same time!!

  1. Chana Ross – Your Body After Baby – The Ins & Outs of Restoring Your Core

This workshop will teach you all about the changes your body goes through during pregnancy and delivery and what YOU can do about it. Learn how to properly restore your inner core system and pelvic floor, and, most importantly, regain and amplify your strength.

  1. Allison Martineau – Feeding Your Baby: Introducing Solids Workshop

A discussion of when and how to properly introduce solids to your baby.
In this workshop we will cover signs of readiness for beginning solids, ideal first foods based on current Health Canada guidelines as well as discussions on allergies, supplements and much more!

Meet & Greets For Your Toddlers

Watch your little ones’ faces light up as they get face to face with one of their favourite characters! Photo opportunities, colouring sheets, hugs and so many smiles!

Saturday


PJ Masks 9:30am – 12:30pm

Cheer Bear 1pm – 4pm

Peppa Pig + George 2pm – 5pm

Sunday


PJ Masks 10am – 1pm

Cheer Bear 1:30pm – 4:30pm

Peppa Pig + George 2pm – 5pm

With over 250 brands, national and local exhibitors, The Baby Show highlights include:

Massage Area

New and expectant moms can experience a free massage from Sutherland-Chan School of Massage Therapy to help alleviate ailments related to pregnancy and caring for baby.

Anita Bra Fitting Lounge

Get a free bra fitting and check out some unique lingerie including sport bras and nursing bras as well as baby belts to support mom-to-be tummies and re-belt compression panties.

Better Together Seminar Stage

Plan your visit and hear local and national parenting experts speak on a variety of topics ranging from sleep solutions, what parents need to know about breastfeeding to morning sickness in pregnancy. All speakers are also available for question and answer periods after their talks.

Health & Wellness Mat

Take part in a prenatal yoga class and you could walk away with one of 20 yoga mats from Gaiam! Learn about infant massage, enjoy a fitness demo and how to prepare for birth.

Safety 1st Product & Safety Stage

This stage offers an introduction to cloth diapering, car seat safety and babyproofing your home seminars as well as first aid for the first year!

Kanga Care Cloth Diaper Workshops

Join Kanga Care in their booth for cloth diaper workshops every hour, on the hour!

Etsy Junior Area

A dedicated area on the show floor for select exhibitors showcasing handmade, local products from
brands found on Etsy.

Speaker Series Highlights:

Toronto Family Doulas “Morning” Sickness And Other Surprises

Dr. Sarah Mickeler Being Pregnant Doesn’t Have To Be Painful

Margaret Wallis-Duffy The Millennial Mom’s Survival Toolkit

Dr. Jack Newman What Your Health Care Provider Doesn’t Know About Breastfeeding

Today’s Parent Editors How To Buy The Best Stroller, Car Seat & Breast Pump For You!

FREE Sleep Consultation

Sleep consultants from KinderSleep and Good Night Sleep Site will be ready to help you with your sleep concerns and answer your questions.

3D Ultrasounds

Visit the Tiny Hearts booth for your very own 3D Ultrasound, performed on site, all weekend!

Are you expecting?

50 lucky moms-to-be and their guests will be invited to the IndigoBaby VIP Baby Shower for fun 
and chances to win door prizes and an amazing prize valued at over $1000! Enter this exciting contest on The Baby Show website before March 30th for a chance to win a highly coveted invitation.