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Looking for a Doula? Wait What is a Doula?

Ava's Help is expanding and we are adding more professionals to our site outside of just caregiving help. We are adding Doulas, Lactation Specialist, Parenting Coaches, Speech Therapist! Pregnant and trying to figure out what type of support you are looking for during the pregnancy. Read on! What is Nutmeg Consulting? Nutmeg Consulting - Expert Care for Birth, Babies and Breastfeeding is a Private Practice team of professionals dedicated to providing non-judgmental support throughout pregnancy, labour, birth and the weeks and months of the postpartum period once baby is born.  As the owner (and Registered Nurse, International Board Certified Lactation Consultant, Educator, and Birth and Postpartum Doula with over 20 years of experience) I was able to hand pick an amazing team of Birth and Postpartum...

Finding the Right Nanny for your Family

Thinking that a nanny is the best option for childcare needs and don’t know where to start or what to look into? Here are some basic tips when starting your hunt for the perfect caregiver for your family. Where do we start to look? Ask your friends and family who have nannies; ask nannies in your area if they know anyone; go to local Facebook community pages, like Lawrence Park Community. You can also use an agency to help you recruit, especially if time is a limitation. What are your childcare needs? Before looking, jot down your family childcare needs. Start with what a typical day looks like: pick up/ drop offs at preschool, house cleaning, meal prep, feeding your child and bathing them, for...

Ava’s Help: Toronto Camp Guide 2017

Summer 2017
It’s that time of year when parents start thinking about SUMMER! Yes, before you know it, that school bell will be ringing and your kids will be running into your arms for 8 whole weeks :) Some of us cringe at the thought of this, others can't wait. Either way, some of you are thinking about what to do with those lovely little people. So, I have put together a North Toronto camp guide. Email me at amy@avashelp.com if you feel like I am missing or have gotten some details wrong; I’m still learning how to be a camp mom! Also, don't be afraid to do NOTHING during the summer -- sometimes it can be even more fun. Click on the link below for full listing of...

Backpacks Backpacks – Back to School Shopping Already?

Backpacks, Back to School
Is it almost time for back to school shopping?? Say it isn’t so! Tanya Schustyk, a Grade 1 to 3 teacher, has been kind enough to give us some amazing backpack tips. Read on before you hit the back to school sales. Buy a size appropriate for your child. Your child should NOT be able to fit inside! Don’t buy one for them to grow into because they will likely want a new one or destroy/lose it before then. The backpack should be able to fit an 8 ½” x 11” binder, a lunchbox and winter essentials, including snow pants, inside. More compartments means more places to lose school forms, food, and other things. Yes, it is common to find rotten fruit in backpacks, as...

Choosing the right sitter for your family


Finding a caregiver that’s the right fit for your family doesn’t have to be stressful! Here are a few tips to help you get started. Consider the unique needs of your kids: Look at what your child needs in a caregiver. If you have a super high-energy little one, maybe she responds best to calmness and structure to bring her back down to a functional pitch. Or perhaps your kids need someone who can run around and toss a ball to use up all that fabulous energy. If your child tends to be anxious, what kind of personality would best help him manage his feelings when you are apart?