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Best of Mat Leave Map – 2018/19


Thank you to everyone who shared their favourite mat leave resources, businesses and people! It is very much appreciated! Without further adieu here are the top picks for this year:

Family friendly restaurants

Amsterdam Brewery Barrel House

Lazy Daisy’s

The Peacock


United Dairy Bakery

Via Mercanti

Starving Artist

Souk Tabule

House on Parliament

Hype Food Co.

Rec Room


St James Gate

Via Napoli

The Porch Light

Jack Astors

Stone Lion

Cafe Cocoro

Tori’s Bakeshop

Pizzeria Libretto


Baby music class

Rainbow Songs

Little Rebels

Little Voices Dancing Feet

Gladstone Library

Jill & the Beanstalk

Fun with Music Together

Making Music Together


Best mom and baby fitness

Tribe Fitness

Toronto Yoga Mamas

Jill & the Beanstalk

Belly Bootcamp

Pink Studio


North Movement

Mommy and Baby Fitness Markham/Scarborough

The Belle Method

Baby Mama Fitness


Best place to buy baby gear



August Kinn

Marlene’s Baby

Baby on the Hip

West Coast Kids


Facebook Marketplace


Best drop-in centre for babies

Artscape on Shaw Street

Jump for Joy


Cornell library

Bizzy bee


Pape Public School


Best library to take babies




City Place

Walter Stewart

Trace Manes


Main Street


Best mom group

Brew Babies

Nutmeg Moms

Mom’s Corner

ETYMV on Facebook


Mommy Connections

South Leaside Moms Group

Healthy Moms


Best park to take babies

Christie Pits

CN Tower Indoor Playground

Monarch Park

Gledhill Park

Riverdale Farm

June Rowlands

High Park

Kew Gardens



Best swimming pool for babies

Trinity Bellwoods

Pam McConnell Aquatic Centre



Trinity Bellwoods



Riverdale outdoor

Morningside Olympic Pool


Best baby class you’d recommend to others

Living and Learning with Baby by Toronto Public Health

Your Smart Hands

Mom and baby yoga at Memorial Community Centre

My Gym Markham


Best place to buy maternity/nursing clothes

Value Village

H & M



Ani & Wren

B to B Maternity

Just buy bigger sizes!

Broad Lingerie


The one place other moms should go on mat leave

Distillery District Christmas Market

Evergreen Brickworks

B Side Beauty – Mama Tuesday

Riverdale Farm

Ravine walk to Evergreen Brickworks

Cherry Blossoms at High Park

Toronto museums like ROM, AGO as all have baby programs


Best pediatrician

Dr. Deena Savlov at Kindercare


Dr. Preeti Jain

Dr. Taylor at Clairhurst Pediatrics


Best lactation consultant

Mary Lynn Biener

Sunnybrook Clinic

Shelly Plewes at Victoria Park Breastfeeding clinic

St. Michael’s Hospital lactation clinic

Angela Grant Buechner

Anne-Marie Desjardins

Rose LeBlanc

Taya Griffin

Sasha at Michael Garron


Best baby sleep consultant

Taking Cara Babies

Catherine Wright at MotherHand

Sasha Rennick

My Sleeping Baby


Best postpartum wellness physiotherapist

Sandra Ghaly

Beth Safarian

Melissa Wong at Markham Pelvic Health

Lamiya Zaidi at Toronto Yoga Mamas


Best family financial advisor

Debbie Mendalson

Sheelah McNeil at Investors Group

Kind Wealth


Best family photographer

Neville Park Photography

Alex Wesson

Photos by LAM

Krystal Robson

Camilla Pucholt

Jen Allison

Taleen Pileggi

Paula Barbosa Photography

Scarlet O’Neil

Tori Nichole Photography


Best career coach for moms

Allison Venditti

Lisa Da Rocha



Best local baby food company


Organic Yum Yums


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