My sister just had her first baby and that makes me an AUNTIE. I wear my title with so much pride and this precious little girl is my niece, Lily.
Do you remember how frightening it is to be sent home from the hospital with a brand new baby though? Exciting, but very scary at the same time.
If you have kids, you know just how stressful being a new parent can be. All of it is unknown. Even if you’ve been around babies or worked in a daycare, there is so much more to parenting. There is also so much that you feel that should just come natural, but oh, so much, does not. Like, when you have changed them, they have eaten and you just have no idea why they won’t stop crying? And you have no idea how to get them to stop?!
Once again, the amazing experts over at Children’s Hospital Colorado are back on December 16th with a fabulous Just Ask Children’s BABIES 101 Q&A from 9 am – 4 pm MST. They will answer all of your questions live right here. Topics will cover a wide range of Babies 101 and the following:
Infant Sleep Safety
Babies should sleep alone in a bed made for babies, not with another child or an adult. Babies should always sleep on their back. Propping babies on pillows is high risk; lay them flat on the back.
How to Calm a Crying Baby
Comforting a crying baby at night by patting, rocking, and quietly reassuring them to let them know that you are there are helpful strategies for getting babies to go back to sleep on their own. Never shake a crying baby. Shaken Baby Syndrome (SBS) is a leading cause of trauma death for children under the age of two in Colorado.
Children using or watching electronics should turn them off at least one hour before bedtime. Put your baby to bed when drowsy but still awake to help him or her learn to fall asleep on her own. Wait a few minutes before responding to your baby’s fussing to see if he/she can fall back to sleep on his/her own.
Guidelines for safe storage including the following tips and much more: Freshly expressed milk can remain at room temperature for up to 4 hours and refrigerated milk must be used within 24 hours. Breastfeeding provides a protective effect against respiratory illnesses, ear infections, gastrointestinal diseases, and allergies including asthma, eczema and atopic dermatitis. The rate of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) is reduced by over a third in breastfed babies, and there is a 15 percent to 30% reduction in adolescent and adult obesity in breastfed vs. non-breastfed infants.
The vaccination schedule is evaluated each year based on the most recent scientific data available and is approved by the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the American Academy of Family Physicians. Not immunizing children puts them at risk to catch a disease that is dangerous or deadly. They will discuss whooping cough, hepatitis B, the flu shot among other immunizations.
Be sure to check out their live Online Q&A, December 16th, from 9 am – 4 pm MST, where their experts will be answering your and other parents’ questions about your baby.
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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Children’s Hospital Colorado. The opinions and text are all mine.