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Published November 2004

Toronto Families

What's New, What's Different?

Andrea Howick and Lianne Castelio sure know how to appeal to the mothers of newborns. That's the target audience of their highly informative video Bringing Baby Home. Maybe it's because these mompreneurs have five children between them. They saw a need for a video that addressed the multitude of concerns mothers have about their newborns. The video tackles the most common questions, touching on everything from breastfeeding to the umbilical cord to sleep patterns, colds, fever, colic and vaccinations. Health care professionals led by Dr. Denis Leduc of the Canadian Paediatric Society provide the core information. Also available in French.

Published October 27, 2004

Bringing Baby Home: From Birth to Six Months
A How-To Guide for New Parents.
Liandrea Productions

This Canadian 2004 production is a wonderful, reassuring and empowering guide for new parents. With 60 minutes of hints, tips and demonstrations from medical experts and childcare specialists plus answers to frequently asked questions, Bringing Baby Home includes:

  • Getting to Know Your Baby

  • Understanding Baby's Language

  • Helping Baby Sleep Better

  • Bathing Newborns

  • Recognizing Baby's Hunger Signals

  • Breastfeeding

  • Infant Massage

  • Changing Relationships

Bringing Baby Home can be ordered online.

Published Winter 2004

Today's Parent

Bringing Baby Home
Author: Krista Wadden

In Bringing Baby Home, Montreal-based Lianne Castelino and Andrea Howick, who are both mothers and journalists, have produced film that is an excellent first look into the world of baby care. They’ve obviously done their research. The advice – from a paediatrician, lactation consultants, a family counselor and a number of very warm and experienced postpartum nurses – is consistent with current Canadian recommendations. Equally important, it reflects a gentle parenting style that is responsive to a baby’s needs. There’s also the voice of experience here: compelling interviews with new parents who are quite candid about the ups and downs of new parenthood.

But the most valuable information in this film is contained in the tutorials on such aspects of baby care as breastfeeding, bathing a baby and using a car seat properly. A picture really is worth a thousand words sometimes. The opportunity to see a newborn receive a sponge bath with careful, detailed commentary or a car seat properly installed, is invaluable. In another sequence, we watch a baby’s first check-up and hear McGill University paediatrician Denis Leduc explain what he’s looking for as he examines the baby.

The film would have benefited from more careful structuring in places. There are a few awkward moments when advice is abruptly introduced in an odd place or repeated needlessly. But these are minor quibbles. This I an excellent primer that, ideally, parents will watch before their baby arrives. To order, visit the website: or call 1-866-483-0045.