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Day One Video Series - It Takes a Village to Raise a Child

Day One Video Series - It Takes a Village to Raise a Child

As you prepare to welcome a baby into your home, remember that you don’t have to travel alone on this wonderful parenting journey. As parents, we treasure our children and their futures, but many times, we need outside support to help us provide a predictable, loving environment where our children feel safe and can develop to their full potential. Think about your “village”, the people who are there to support you and who you can ask for help. It may be hard, when you are overwhelmed, sleep deprived, even depressed, to believe that there are people who very much want you to feel supported – there are! Your village may start with a family member, neighbor, friend, church member, or home visitor; it may be your doctor or a staff member in your doctor’s office, or even your favorite check-out clerk at the grocery store. The important thing is to be able to talk to someone you trust; you will find that many people want to help you be the best parent you can be and give your baby a great start in life.

As your baby grows, your village will grow too. You may join a mom or dad’s group, discover a stimulating program at the library, take an exercise class that keeps you healthy, and meet other new parents at the park. Remember that you are your baby’s champion, but even superheroes sometimes need help. It’s OK to ask!

Ladybird Johnson once said, “Where flowers bloom, so does hope”. Just talking with someone we trust can be an important step in building communities where children are valued, and a nation where children can be the priority of all. How special to have a country filled with beautiful, multi-colored flowers that fill us all with joy. We are all in this together.

Day One

From day one the little things you do can make a big difference in a baby's life. Holding, touching, talking, playing and reading are activites that are fun and very important for your baby's development. This kind of close one on one attention helps your baby's brain and all your baby's senses to develop. The more communication you have with your baby from day one, the stronger your baby's foundation will be for learning and loving.


Bonding with Baby

You are about to embark on a relationship like no other, and it should be treated as special. Take time to tune into your child. Even though your baby cannot talk, you will get to know him (her) best when slowing down and listening to him (her). Your child is unique and requires your love and patience.

Vinculación Con Bebé

Estás a punto de embarcarse en una relación como ningún otro, y debe ser considerada como especial. Tómese tiempo para sintonizar con su hijo. A pesar de que su bebé no puede hablar, se llega a él (ella) sabe mejor cuando ralentizar y escuchando a él. Su hijo es único y requiere su amor y paciencia.


Taking Care of Yourself

The new little person will need your care and attention, but just like learning to ask for help, you have to learn to put yourself first at times. This requires support from others. If you have a partner, live like a team in encouragement and shared responsibilities; this will lead to the support of baby.

Cuidarse

Tener un hijo va a cambiar todo en tu mundo. A veces puede sentir como si usted es el único que está luchando o simplemente sobrevivir en poco para no dormir. En este video, nuevos padres enfatizan la importancia de aprender a pedir ayuda y rodearse de otros para animarte y ayudarte en el camino.


Things Are Different, Get Support

Having a child will change everything in your world. At times it can feel as if you are the only one who is struggling or merely surviving on little to no sleep. In this video, new parents emphasize the importance of learning to ask for help and surrounding yourself with other to encourage and help you along the way.

Las Cosas Son Diferentes, Obtenga Soporte

La nueva personita tendrá su cuidado y atención, pero al igual que aprender a pedir ayuda, tienes que aprender a ponerse primero a veces. Esto requiere del apoyo de otros. Si tienes una pareja, vivir como un equipo en motivación y responsabilidad compartida; Esto nos conducirá a la ayuda del bebé.


Documents

These resources can help you track milestones in your baby's development, discover fun activities for you and your baby, make connections with programs, and help you take care of yourself, as well as connect you with the latest happenings in the world of research on babies.


National Resources


State Resources


Other Resources