Newborn Care and Safety
Bringing home a newborn baby can be both exciting and overwhelming. This tiny person will change your life completely from your normal routines. Be patient and give yourselves time as you become more confident in your parenting skills and as you begin forming a new routine.
Many new and experienced parents may feel worried as they adjust to a new baby’s habits, needs, and personality. It is important to remember that most of the common physical problems that occur during a given 24 hours with a baby are normal situations or problems with simple answers. We hope you will refer to your Gift of Motherhood book to help you prepare for life with baby. Please continue to use this valuable tool afterwards to answer questions you may have.
During Your Hospital Stay
Everyone at the hospital is working to keep you and your family as safe as possible. Our staff is trained on the numerous security layers already in place to protect you and your family. If you need more information or have questions, please notify your nursing staff.
Click here for newborn safety tips during your hospital stay.
Preparing for Home and Beyond
It is important to do all you can to ensure the safety of your baby. Carle offers a variety of classes to help you care for and protect your baby, including classes in infant CPR and safety, newborn care, and choosing a car seat.
For a list of safety tips for Expectant Parents, visit National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) website. The NCMEC provides resources to families to help keep their children safer. Their website focuses on preventing abduction as well as Internet safety.
No one should smoke around your baby. Learn how to protect your newborn from cigarette smoke. If you or a loved one would like to quit smoking, learn more about smoking cessation.
Follow this link for more information on Help at Home.