Home with a Newborn — Now What?

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As a mom-to-be, you’re focused on your pregnancy and childbirth which certainly warrant your attention during this special time! But once baby arrives, especially if this is your first, your concentration quickly turns to how to care for your newborn at home.

Sure, much of the handling of a newborn comes naturally. But not everything. Unfortunately, babies don’t come with directions. You might be experienced in caring for siblings or kids you babysat before. But being 100 percent responsible for a tiny infant is a different matter.

Relatives, especially those who help you with the baby when you come home, are an excellent resource for learning. But if they cared for a baby, say, 20 or 30 years ago, they may not know newer techniques and information about infant care.

Home WIth A Newborn? Classes on Caring for newborns - In Content

Pregnancy is a good time to build your skills and taking a class is an excellent way to learn many of the basics of newborn care. In fact, the Office on Women’s Health (U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services), says taking a newborn care class during your pregnancy can prepare you for the real thing.

Many area hospitals have “Caring for Your Amazing Newborn” classes for first-time parents — and even for grandparents and other caregivers. In a relaxed and comfortable setting, you’ll learn basic infant care and parenting skills for navigating the first weeks and months of new parenting.

Taking a class is an excellent way to learn many of the basics of newborn care.

Content includes:

  • Tips and tricks for feeding
  • Diapering, including information about cloth diapers
  • Bathing
  • Basic CPR and choking instructions for infants (note: this is not a certification class)
  • Infant safety
  • Childproofing your home
  • Environmentally safe baby care product and cleaners
  • Lots more!

Check these Premier Health locations for the times and fees for “Caring for Your Amazing Newborn” classes:

In Middletown: Atrium Medical Center

In Dayton: Miami Valley Hospital

In Troy: Upper Valley Medical Center

It's easy to get the care you need.

See a Premier Physician Network provider near you.

Small Steps: Baby Bling.
To remember which side you last fed your baby from, wear an elastic bracelet and move it from wrist to wrist at each feeding