OCEA June Newsletter

June 17, 2022, 10:25 a.m.

Did you know that June was most likely named for the goddess Juno, the patroness of marriage and childbirth? It's one of our busiest months welcoming many families to classes and supporting families with their newborns.

Summer Safety

With the hot weather at the other end of this rainy week, we have a few reminders for sun safety and newborns. Ottawa Public Health reminds families to refrain from using sun lotion until babies are six months old. When it is hot outside, tenting the car seat or stroller results in a temperature that is 5 degrees warmers, with reduced air circulation and less ability to check in on your newborns. For this reason, do not drape blankets on the car seat/stroller for children.

A caregiver pushing a stroller that is covered by a receiving blanket


Community Resource Profile

Do you know about the Western Ottawa Community Resource Centre? The WOCRC offers programming to parents in Ottawa west, including Carp, Fitzroy Harbour, Stittsville, Kanata, Constance Bay and South March. They have an incredible roster of programming including a toy lending bus that travels within their encachment. A free workshop with First Words will be running at the centre on Tuesday, August 9th, from 7-8:30 pm to answer questions on speech and language development (birth to 5 years old). This bilingual workshop will include how to access speech services in English or French.


Register and bring a friend, partner, mother or another person in your life with whom you would like to develop new and supportive dialogue

If you missed the first communication workshop, you can still join Lilly Bianchi on Monday, June 20 & 27 for a workshop on communication strategies. Being a parent is a test of patience due to fatigue, new family roles, and world events which impact our ability to take the time to respond kindly and effectively. 



Baby at the Table, a class for parents whose babies are getting ready to start solids, join us to create new family traditions around the table, understand the changing recommendations around solids, and feel confident offering your favourite meals to your baby. Classes start Monday, July 25-August 24 or Thursday, September 8-September 29, 2022.

Infant massage has been shown to reduce crying, help with gassy bellies, encourage sleep, and support parents in learning how to read their baby’s body language. Join Brandie starting Monday, July 25-August 4th, 2022 or September 6-September 27, 2022.

Classes continue to run in the summer to refresh old skills and learn new ones. Join us on June 29, July 6th, July 25 or August 3rd, 2022


Did you know? 

We will be welcoming back Michelle Morra as a teacher with OCEA! Michelle was a teacher between 2012-2017 and took a 4 year posting to the UK for work. She is returning to Ottawa this summer and we can't wait!