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Expectant and New Parent Resources

Milestones during pregnancy

Pregnancy may only last nine months but it can be a long and confusing time for some. Learn what exactly is happening in your baby's developing life, week by week. Also, find out what you should be eating, what medications to avoid, and what those fluctuating emotions mean.

Separation Anxiety and Transition Back to Work

It's common to experience the joy of welcoming a new child into your life and then suddenly experience anxiety as you consider the reality of your new responsibility. Many first-time parents can’t imagine leaving their babies in the care of another person, whether to catch up on sleep or transition back to the work force. The following resources will assist you in understanding and working through separation anxiety.

Bottle Feeding vs Breast Feeding

Making the decision between breast feeding and bottle feeding your newborn is a very personal and important decision. Below are some resources to help you understand the benefits of both feeding options and confidently make your decision.

Intro to Solid Foods

Is your baby ready to take on solid foods? Solid foods should be introduced slowly so that your child has a chance to adjust to new tastes and textures. The following resources will help you develop a healthy solid food diet for your child.

Sleep

Is your child up all night? Is your child having a hard time falling or staying asleep? What is the latest perspective on co-sleeping or best sleep positions? The following resources will provide tips and techniques on helping you and your baby get a good night's sleep.

Developmental Milestones

Developmental milestones are a set of functional skills or age-specific tasks that most children accomplish within a certain age range. Your pediatrician uses milestones to help check how your child is developing. Although each milestone has an age level, the actual age when a normally developing child reaches that milestone can vary quite a bit. Every child is unique! The following resources will let you know what to expect at each important stage of your child's development.

Child Care Options

Finding proper child care can be one of the most stressful challenges a new parent will face. The following links will help you get a better understanding of how to find the best child care to meet your particular needs. Resources below will also contain contact information for local child care options.

Shedding Baby Weight

Many women wonder how long it takes to lose baby weight and bounce back to a pre-baby body. Get the real facts about how the body holds on to pounds after birth.

First Aid and Child Proofing Home

Use these resources to help secure your knowledge and ability when it comes to providing first aid to your newborn. In addition, it is crucial to make sure your home is baby proofed before letting your little one have free range.

List of Community Resources and Free Activities

Use this list of resources to find out community resources available to you, some at little to no cost. Also included are resources the University of Rochester provides to their employees and their families.

Family Dynamics after Baby Arrives

In a loving home, the minute that a new person is brought into the world, everything begins to revolve around him or her. Your family life enters a new era, where family dynamics undergo tremendous changes. These changes directly affect you, your partner and any other family members. The following resources will help you identify and adjust to the changes in your growing family.

Best New Baby Books

Here are resources to help you stay up to date on the latest "New Baby/How-to Books".

  • What to Expect When you are Expecting by Heidi Murkoff, Sharon Mazel
  • The Happiest Baby on the Block by Dr. Harvey Karp
  • The No-Cry Sleep Solution by Elizabeth Pantley
  • Q&A: Best Parenting Books?

Best Baby Toys

Use these resources to help you choose the safest and most effective toys for your new baby to enjoy.

Newborn/Infant Wellness and Doctor's Visits

From your child's birth to young adulthood, you'll be visiting the doctor regularly to make sure that your son or daughter is healthy and developing well. It can be tough to remember what each visit will entail or which topics you want to discuss with the doctor. The following resources will give insight into what you can expect and what questions to ask from your medical provider.

Car Seats and Safe Transportation Guidelines

Acclimating Pets to Newborns

Differences in Parenting Styles

When your parenting style differs from your partner, tensions can run high. Many couples differ on the best way to raise children and are often surprised at how strongly they feel about the matter. Use the following resources to learn about different parenting styles and suggestions on how to compromise and blend ideas.

Stranger Danger

Children will encounter strangers all throughout their lives. Help them learn how to identify safe strangers and keep themselves out of harm's way by teaching about stranger danger.