Here are some great resources to help parents in the Halton-Hamilton region. If you’d like to contribute others, please contact us and we will add them to this page.
Help at Home
City of Hamilton residents, check out the “Good Beginnings” program, hosted by VON (Victorian Order of Nurses). This volunteer-based program is open to families of multiples, up until the babies reach 6 months of age. Some circumstances may permit a volunteer for a longer duration. A member of the VON will visit your home to interview you and assess your needs. All volunteers are screened and interviewed (including police and reference checks) by a qualified VON coordinator, and receive three hours of training on the care of newborns. The VON coordinator follows up on the match. This Hamilton-based program is funded by the United Way and the Public Health department and has operated for over 5 years. They will match you up with a volunteer that will come to your home once a week for 2-3 hours to assist you with your multiples and/or any other siblings. The volunteer is not a babysitter so you may not leave the home; they are there to provide some assistance to you. For more information and to set up an appointment, please contact Donna Roadhouse at 905-522-0053 ext 2224.
Burlington Cooperative – Toy Library
Drop-in Centre and Toy Lending Library for Children aged 0-5 years. Rear basement entrance of St. Stephen United Church, 2258 Parkway Drive Burlington, Ontario. Join the toy library and take home a variety of toys for only $35/year, per family OR visit us for a drop-in play (your first visit is FREE!) For more information and open hours, please contact them at 905-336-7617.
Ontario Early Years Toy Lending Libraries (all areas)
Check with your local Ontario Early Years Centre for your closest Toy Lending Library.
Car Seat Clinics
City of Hamilton area: Call Health Connections (905) 546-3550 to make an appointment. (Appointments preferred, Voluntary clinic)
The New Mummy Company
The New Mummy Company Childcare and Consultancy provides private tailor made services for new moms or moms to be. We offer Prenatal and Parent to be Classes, Sleep Coaching, Consultancy and Troubleshooting Services, Night Nannies, Postpartum Doulas, Breastfeeding Support and Postpartum Depression Support, plus much more. Maria Robertson, the Founder of The New Mummy Company Inc., is an internationally-renowned newborn consultant who has been providing expert babycare advice and practical help to parents of new babies specialising in twins and triplets, for over 14 years.
For more information please visit our website www.newmummycompany.ca
Good Night Sleep Site
Good Night Sleep Site provides you with emotional and educational support to help your baby or toddler with their sleep needs. Our philosophy is that there is no one method approach to sleep training. We don’t choose one over another, we find what works for you and your family. Our goal is to work with you and set up a Sleep Plan that you are comfortable with to help your baby or toddler become a good sleeper. We are committed to helping all families with their baby and toddler sleep needs. Alanna McGinn is also a mother of twins.
Visit our Facebook page, www.facebook.com/goodnightsleepsite, to ask your sleep questions right on our wall.
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Your Canadian source for evidence-based information about the safety or risk of drugs, chemicals and disease during pregnancy and lactation.
Ontario Early Years Centres
Ontario Early Years Centres are places where parents and caregivers can do a variety of things with their children, and get information about programs and services available for young children and their families.
Co-ordinated Access for Child Care research
Co-ordinated Access for Child Care research see website or phone 905-528-0591.
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Register Your Newborn Baby
Links to all the stuff you need to do when you have one or more babies (i.e, registering the birth, OHIP cards, etc).
iVillage: Pregnancy and Parenting
General site about pregnancy and parenting.
Free printable coupons for Canadians.
Hamilton Parenting Programs
The City of Hamilton website lists all their programs related to prenatal and pregnancy resources, and parenting babies, toddlers, preschoolers, and young children in the early years.
Parents’ guide to blood cord banks
A good site to learn more about banking your newborn’s cord blood in Canada (and other countries). Explains and compares different companies.
Twin Stuff Community
According to their website (from USA), “TwinStuff.com is the web’s largest community for twins, triplets-and-higher and their families”.
Caring for Kids
Child health information from Canada’s pediatric experts.
Great Canadian site for parents and kids.
Great magazine for all parents of multiples.
Multiple Births Canada
The Canadian-wide parents of multiples group.
Great way to give away your clutter.
For Baby With Love
Offering new and expecting parents alternatives to disposable diapers. We are your online source for all your diapering needs. We also supply baby carriers and essentials.