Parenting Essentials


Do you know how to change a diaper or start a sleep schedule? This newborn care lesson gives you the info needed for an optimal start to parenthood and your baby's life. We've included pertinent breastfeeding information to help you plan for the weeks that follow your baby's birthday.
 

 
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We will share our parenting tips, tricks and a wealth of knowledge with you. Topics include:


Basic Newborn Care: How to thrive during the first 12 weeks

  • How to set up and stock your changing station
  • Bathing baby safely and easily
  • Keeping baby’s sensitive skin healthy
  • Knowing when to call the pediatrician
  • Circumcision/vaginal and cord care
  • Pros and cons of cloth and disposable diapers
  • Avoiding hip dysplasia and flat-head syndrome: Safe babywearing, carriers, and tummy-time

Breastfeeding, Bottles, Pumping and Formula

  • Safe preparation, storage, and sterilization of bottles made easy
  • Positioning for comfort and to minimize acid reflux
  • Scheduling nighttime feedings: Following your baby’s circadian rhythm to promote productive sleep
  • Setting up your breastfeeding sanctuary
  • Learning the warning signs of infant dehydration
  • How and when to arrange a lactation consultation

The Happiest Baby on the Block: The simple solution to colic in one minute or less!

  • How to stop baby's crying with The Cuddle Cure
  • Swaddling tricks and methods to prevent hip dysplasia
  • Safety points and hands-on practice
  • SIDS: Reduce your baby's risk

The Ultimate Sleep Atmosphere: Bed Sharing, Rooming In and Nursery Design

  • Checklist for co-sleeping safety, products and solutions
  • Pros and cons of the family bed
  • Sleep Schedules: How and when to start a routine
  • Feeding tips to get through the night
  • Correcting day and night confusion

     


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If you need doula support too, consider our Premium or Deluxe Birth Support & Prenatal Package - we include a private lesson for two people!