Fall workshops at Nurtured

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Welcoming in September generally means one important thing at Nurtured: a fully stocked calendar of workshops and events. Be in the know and register today to attend the workshops that nurture both you and your growing family.

Infant Massage

Massaging your baby has many health benefits from promoting babies’ growth and development to improving digestion and sleep. Learn how to soothe and relax your baby, relieve tummy upsets and colic and develop a deeper bond with your baby.

Infant Massage is taught by the oh-so-lovely Kylie Field. Kylie is a Post-Partum Doula, Lactation Consultant and Certified Infant Massage Instructor (IAIM) and enjoys guiding parents and caregivers in getting to know their baby better through the wonderful world of nurturing touch.

Parents and caregivers with babies aged 1 month to crawling welcome.

Cloth Diapering 101

Wondering whether to choose reusable or disposable diapers for baby? Walk through the options in an informative hands-on class. Learn why people choose to use cloth diapers and the many benefits.

This class is led by NurturedMom, Jolyn, who offers a unique perspective of having used disposable diapers for her first but once she used reusable diapers she never looked back.

Music With Babies

This five-week class is always a hit with customers (and staff members!) Music with Babies is best suited from 4 to 12 months. We will explore rhythm, movement, and musical activities that offer your little one a fun introduction to music, bonding time with their caregivers and a playful social environment with other babies.

Instructor Louise Hanavan is a musician, mom, and true artistic spirit you will love to see each week. She plays the banjo, guitar, piano, and french horn, but most of all loves to sing!

Music With Toddlers

Louise is offering a new class this Autumn, as requested by Music With Babies graduates! A 5-week class for older children (walking/1 year through 4) and their adult caregivers. You and your future rocker will explore rhythm, movement, and musical activities in a bit more hands-on, involved way than the Music With Babies class. Bonding and play time with their caregivers and connection to other kiddos their age is still a big part with the older littles!

CPR + Emergency First Aid               

You realize passing a babysitter course requires this, right? Perhaps you should have it for parenthood too!

Earn certification (or recertification) via Lifesaving Society, a nationally recognized provider in Canada. The instructor will cover all the basics of emergency first aid plus CPR with AED and do so with a focus on answering your many questions as a parent plus all the hands-on practice required to meet your certification.  Certification cards from Lifesaving Society are received in the mail upon completion.

It’s of great note that our Emergency First Aid + CPR- Level C class includes Adult, Child, Infant CPR and Choking procedures and is a great option for recertification. This level is all inclusive from parents to child care workers, first responders and lifeguards.

Baby Led Weaning

Don’t let the “W” word deceive you — this workshop is all about introducing your babe to solid food.

Topics covered will include:

What is Baby Led Weaning and what are the advantages over conventional introductions to solid foods?

Nutritional considerations and requirements

Resources and recipes

Baby Led Weaning is led by Dr. Jennifer Salib-Huber, RD, ND and mother of 3 children who used the Baby Led Weaning method with her twins. Dr. Salib-Huber will combine personal experience with professional expertise as a Naturopathic Doctor and Registered Dietitian.

Prenatal and Childbirth Education

While our September class is all filled up, we are offering a two-night session in October for expectant parents looking for a more holistic, in-person course on giving birth than you might find online.

Providing a comfortable and friendly atmosphere, Wanda Cox of Graceful Beginnings Birth Services and Nurtured have come together to offer Childbirth Preparation Classes for couples in HRM. In these workshop, you and your partner will gain knowledge and build confidence as you plan and prepare for birth.

Classes are interactive and provide couples with evidence based information to ensure you feel confident and empowered for your birth experience. Wanda is a Certified Birth and Post Partum Doula, Certified Infant Massage Instructor, Certified Birth Educator and trained Lactation Educator.

Dog & Storks 

Has your dog been the baby all along?  Once you hear the stork will be arriving, take the time to learn some tricks of your own for introducing the family dog to the new baby. This “people only” workshop, Dog & Storks is a wonderful resource for sharing the importance of including Fido from the start in a safe way.

A Certified Pet Dog Trainer and mother, Tamara McFarland from Unleashed Pawsabilities will offer awareness and solutions to common issues that are positive, practical and both dog and baby friendly. There’s no one else as passionate about setting your dog and you up for success, safety and fun when baby arrives.

Lickety Split, Lunch Box Success

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There is something to be said about the warm summer days.

No rushing, just savouring. The here and now.

If you find you want to enjoy the last few days of our Maritime summer without fretting another minute over school lunch prep, here’s two things for you: Continue reading

5 Things to Take Camping with Kids This Summer

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Summer is here.

If you ask around at the end of the season, a general consensus of your friends will say one of their best family vacations was camping. This is due, they’ll say, to leaving the hectic pace of the city and enjoying quality time together in the great outdoors.  After a little planning of the location, the gear, and when to go, a camping trip is fun, affordable and memorable.

NurturedDad and I went camping together when we lived near the Rocky Mountains. Once we became parents we quit camping alone and began camping with friends and their daughter. Truth be told, we couldn’t have done that first trip without our friends nearby. Everything was more efficient in having fellow parents along for the adventure. The fire stayed stoked and dinner was made all while you stepped away to change a diaper.

This year camping season began for us over Father’s Day weekend. The boy’s school had just let out and I invited quite a lot of fellow parents to join us. In the end only one family booked and showed up, Jessica, a fellow Nurtured team member, her husband and their 3 kids. The weather couldn’t have been more perfect, the bugs were minimal, and a strawberry moon was on the rise. It was a beautiful weekend of camping and we had the biggest laugh when Jessica and I unpacked many of the same camping items. Apart from the bug spray and sunscreen, here are five things we highly recommend taking along with a child[ren] in tow. You’ll love number 5.

  1. Kid friendly dishes– Years of use in the kitchen, and rave reviews from our customers in their cabins, our silicone Kinderville bowls and cups made everyone smile while camping.  These are durable, lightweight, stackable and even colour coded so every kid has their own. Silicone is forgiving in also letting the littlest one get to the very last drop. When Jessica brought out their stainless steel cups I couldn’t help but adore how appreciated they were. Her kids flocked around for their cucumber slice garnishes and oohed and ahhed over washing dishes and finding the rainbow cups to put in the rinse bucket. The edges in stainless steel products are not created equal. These dishes are finished in every detail to last through decades of use, handling, and handling varied temperatures. Check out these stainless steel cups, mugs, plates and straws.
  2. Potty – Let’s face it, no matter how big the little kids get, it’s nice to have a potty without the fear of falling in.
  3. Merino – Morning and night, this is what the kids felt great in.  Jessica marched her kids into their tent just after supper and out they came no hassle with their hats and pjs! Naturally, I had packed the same. We had a good laugh over how coordinated the range of colours ended up. As parents and natural fiber enthusiasts we know the beauty of merino.  I loved when a visitor to our site asked if the kids were wearing merino. His comment, “You won’t have to wash it for 100 years!” made everyone laugh and marvel just the same.  The next day on the beach a mom and babe duo was also intrigued, “Bright coloured merino in kid’s sizes?” “Yes.” “Even in baby sizes?,” she asked. I blushed. “Um, do you know Nurtured in Halifax? You can find it all there. It’s really great and easy to care for plus it’s made in Canada.” Did I mention you can buy it here, here and here?
  4. Mesh bag – Why everyone else knows this trick is beyond me. I did not until this year. Hang all your dishes just washed in a mesh bag (any general store should have one) over on a tree branch. For added organization give each child their own bag.
  5. Another Mother – Nothing made the trip more satisfying than when Jessica leaned in with a beaming smile of relief and said, “You know, it’s really nice to go camping with another mother. Someone else who just gets it.”  She was right. Here we were, transitioning the kids from one place to another, teaching them how to be safe around open flames, to be extra patient for meals, and take initiative in caring for their own dirty feet.  Just in case though, another mother stands by with a towel ready to dry off said dirty feet.

Even after sweeping out the tent, planning and executing the meals, washing the sweet, sticky s’mores faces and all the hikes to the toilet, camping is a grand vacation. It’s affordable, adventurous and provides a sense of accomplishment for making sure everyone returns home alive and enriched.

We always pack up our campsite a little more seasoned and make more plans to go again soon on the way home.

Do tell, where is your favourite campsite in the Maritimes?