It can seem like so much has changed since your children were little, or that your grandchild's parents are doing things very differently from how you did it. Keeping the new baby safe puts a lot of trust--and responsibility--on you.
When it comes to sleep, all you need to remember is in this 30-second video and in 3 words: Alone-Back-Crib.
Alone-Back-Crib. Wonder why these are the recommendations, or why they're so different from how you raised your children? You're not alone. Watch as this grandmother-to-be exchanges wisdom with her daughter.
There's a lot to know, and you and the baby's family have support you can turn to. For more resources available day and night that you can use yourself or share with new parents you care about, check out the links below.
For new parents in South Phoenix, this free program offers parents support before and during pregnancy, and after baby is born. They have classes, home visits, connections to other resources, and more.
For babies who spent at least 120 hours (5 days) in the NICU (newborn intensive care unit), NICP provides help once the baby comes home. This helps parents continue to receive care as they transition from hospital care to home.
You have questions. The Pediatric Sleep Council has answers. Get expert tips on everything from developing bedtime routines to safe sleep to how dads and other caregivers can help if baby only wants mom. They even have age-specific advice so you can see what’s expected at any age and what might be coming next.
Being around smoke is one risk factor that makes babies more likely to suffer from dangerous sleep issues. Quit smoking to protect your baby. ASHLine is a free online and phone-based service that can help.