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PARENTING TIPS

PARENTING TIPS

Expecting A Baby

There are things you can to do for your baby before she is even born.

Before Baby Comes:

Moms

When you take good care of yourself, you are helping to take care of your baby. Planning ahead now will make things easier, too.

  • Eat healthy foods. Make sure you get enough protein. Eat lots of different fruits and vegetables.
  • Talk to your doctor to make sure you have the right prenatal vitamins. Some vitamins, like folic acid, can help prevent serious birth defects.

Dads

There’s a lot you can do to help your partner and get ready for your new little one.

  • Help your partner eat healthy foods and get enough protein. Cook her dinner with lots of different fruits and vegetables.
  • Go with your partner to childbirth classes. Be her support!

Together

It’s good to make these important choices together ahead of time. Both parents should be involved in preparing for baby’s arrival.

  • Choose a doctor for your baby (a pediatrician).
  • Choose the hospital where you will have your baby. If you can, go take a tour.
  • Make a birth plan. How do you want your baby’s birth to happen?
  • Make a breastfeeding plan. It’s a gift only you can give your baby.
  • Get an infant car seat. Your baby will not be able to leave the hospital without an infant seat that is correctly installed in your car.
  • Take a baby care class. You will learn how to change diapers, calm a crying baby, and take your baby’s temperature.
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