Dolly Parton's Imagination Library will help you read with your child. It sounds almost too simple ot be true, but by reading regularly with your children during their preschool years, you are giving them the biggest boost toward a successful education they will ever get. If you are not sure you can afford books for your child, the Imagination Library and Lenawee Community Foundation will make it happen, every month! Sign up and each month a new, carefully selcect book will be mailed in your child's name directly to your home. LenaweeImaginationLibraryFormEnglish.pdf and get started on your reading adventure!
Great Resources for New Parents
The American Academy of Pediatrics has a great website with tips on your new baby, including how to deal with bathing & skin care, feeding & nutrition, colic & crying,and much more. Visit the Baby page on the Healthy Children Website.
Similarly, if you are a first-time parent and worried about how to hold or burp your baby, visit the KidsHealth website for some guidance on all things newborn.
The National Institue of Health has a website explaining the importance of Well Child visits and what to expect at these visits to your child's pediatrician.
Wondering about safety issues? There are some helpful guides on child, home, and neighborhood safety available at the ACLS website.
Safer Spaces for Baby
Effective June 2011, federal regulators have banned the sale and use of drop-side cribs. These cribs have reportedly caused more than 30 infant deaths in 10 years, USA Today reports. Three cribs make it easier to get babies in and out, but have trapped and caused serious injury and death to infants, particularly, when the cribs have broken pieces.
For more information about the new crib standards and the drop-side crib ban, visit the Consumer Product Safety Commission Crib Information Center.
To learn how to create safer spaces for your babies, take a look at this flyer.
Safe to Sleep
If you just had a baby, are expecting, or are taking care of a young infant it's important to create a safe sleep environment for your baby. Because babies spend much of their time sleeping, the nursery should be the safest room in the house. Take a few moments to learn about safe sleep.
With any crib, bassinet or play yard, follow a few simple rules to keep babies sleeping safely. Bare is Best!
• To prevent suffocation, never place pillows or thick quilts in a baby's sleep environment.
• Make sure there are no gaps larger than two fingers between the sides of the crib and the mattress.
• Proper assembly of cribs is paramount - Follow the instructions provided and make sure that every part is installed correctly. If you are not sure, call the manufacturer for assistance.
• Do not use cribs older than 10 years or broken or modified cribs. Infants can strangle to death if their bodies pass through gaps between loose components or broken slats while their heads remain entrapped.
• Set up play yards properly according to manufacturers' directions. Only use the mattress pad provided with the play yard; do not add extra padding.
• Never place a crib near a window with blind, curtain cords or baby monitor cords; babies can strangle on cords.
The Safe to Sleep® campaign, formerly known as the Back to Sleep campaign, focuses on actions you and others can take to help your baby sleep safely and to reduce your baby’s risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and other sleep-related causes of infant death.
For more information please visit the Safe to Sleep® public education campaign led by The Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and in collaboration with other organizations.
Establishing the importance of dental care early on with your child will help prevent future dental issues such as cavities and gum disease. Parents should ensure their child is bruising at least twice a day. Make sure your child is up to date with their dental visits.
Check out these local resources for tips and to schedule a dental visit for your child.