strongbabies ohio

Have a healthy pregnancy and a healthy, strong baby. 

Keeping your baby safe and healthy

Real Stories from Real Moms

The following is a video of moms sharing their experiences with safe sleep, breast feeding and community support groups. Click on this link to watch this informative video:

http://powerhost.powerstream.net/008/00153/StrongBabiesOhio_webvideo.wmv

Helping Your Baby Sleep Safer

Babies are safer sleeping alone, on their backs, in a crib. This article explores frequently asked questions about safe sleep:

http://www.cribsforkids.org/ask-the-pediatrician-faqs/.

Baby Sleep Safety and Suffocation Prevention

A link for more information on sleep safety by Safe Kids Worldwide: http://www.safekids.org/safetytips/field_age/babies-0%E2%80%9312-months/field_risks/sleep-safety

Safe sleep for baby videos http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0zoQ7n3omqQ

http://www.firstcandle.org/flash/safe-sleep.html http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yBBiG6e4xRw&feature=player_embedded

Kangaroo Care

Kangaroo Care is a special way to hold your baby for skin-to-skin contact. Your
baby is placed on your bare chest wearing only a diaper and hat and will be
covered with a warm blanket. The baby snuggles on your chest covered with a
blanket, just like a kangaroo’s pouch. That’s why it’s called Kangaroo Care or
KC. Doctors say that holding a baby skin-to-skin is the “best care” for your baby.
Why is Kangaroo Care the “best care” for Mom and Baby?
Helps your baby move to the outside world easier because he can hear your heartbeat and feel
your warmth.
Helps to keep your baby warm.
Helps baby maintain a good heart rate and breathing rate.
Your baby will cry less and sleep more.
Your baby can be held skin-to-skin during procedures.
Your baby will have better brain development.
Your baby may take the first feeding at your breast, which is
the best care you can provide for your baby.
You will have more milk and more success with breastfeeding.
You will have better bonding and feelings of closeness.
You will feel more confident caring for your baby.
How do I do Kangaroo Care at birth?
Immediately after birth, your baby will be dried off and placed on your chest.
Both you and the baby will be covered with warm blankets.
Your baby may take the first feeding at the breast.
You and your baby may remain skin-to-skin for up to 2 hours.
Do not hand the baby to family members or friends during this time as your baby will get cold.
Questions about Kangaroo Care
Can dad hold baby skin-to-skin?
Yes. Kangaroo Care is a great way for dad to bond with the new baby. Mom is the best person to
provide Kangaroo Care immediately after birth to promote breastfeeding. After the first time, dad
can Kangaroo while you shower or sleep or to help calm a fussy baby.
Can I Kangaroo at home?
Yes. Kangaroo Care is good for your baby when you return home. You can Kangaroo at home
holding your baby skin-to-skin as often as you like. You and your baby continue to get all of the
benefits that you had in the hospital.
Is there any reason I can’t hold my baby skin-to-skin immediately after
birth?
Sometimes there are medical reasons that keep you from holding your baby in Kangaroo right
after delivery. If this is the case, your health care provider will help you start as soon as possible.
Can I hold my baby skin-to-skin if I am not planning on breastfeeding?
Yes. Even if you do not plan to breastfeed, you can hold your baby in Kangaroo Care. Babies and
mom benefit from Kangaroo Care. Babies are born wanting to breastfeed, so don’t be surprised if
the baby tries to latch on to the breast all by himself. You might change your mind about breastfeeding.
Can I hold my baby in Kangaroo if I have twins?
Yes. You can hold both babies skin-to-skin, together or separately.
Can I hold my premature baby skin-to-skin?
Premature babies benefit from being held skin-to-skin. It promotes growth and helps baby
regulate temperature, breathing, and heart rate. Your health care provider will work with you when
your baby is ready to be held skin-to-skin.
Photos provided by the University of Louisville Hospital Center for
Women and Infants.
For more information on breastfeeding,
talk with your Nutritionist, Nurse,
Lactation Consultant or Breastfeeding
Peer Counselor and the Lactation
Consultant at the hospital where you
had your baby.

Car Seat Safety: 10 Common Mistakes to Avoid
The Mayo Clinic has recommendations for parents for safe car seat use. Click on the link to get information about buying and using a car seat that’s safe for your baby.
http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/car-seat-safety/MY00824

Immunization schedule for children ages birth through 6 years of age:
immunzations birth through 6 years of age

Keep Your Cool – Never, Ever Shake a Baby! This video helps remind you to step away when you’re about to lose your cool:

http://safesoundbabies.com/media/video2.html

BREASTFEEDING

A little about breastfeeding. Go to the how to breastfeed page for much more information.

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