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Just in Time Parenting Newsletters

Just In Time Parenting Just In Time Parenting newsletters are FREE, age-paced newsletters that deliver trusted information to parents with the information they need to support and guide the growth of their child. 

This monthly, commercial-free, unbiased newsletter series begins at the early prenatal stage when you first find out you’re pregnant and continues throughout your baby’s first 60 months. These newsletters are available in English and Spanish.

 

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Ages & Stages

Infants Newborn to 4 weeks

Your baby is learning to adjust to life in the outside world. Most of your baby’s time will be spent sleeping, crying, or eating. Your baby is totally dependent on you to meet his or her basic needs. Most of your time will be spent figuring out the best ways to do this.

Infants 1 to 4 months old Ages and Stages 1 to 4 months

Your baby will be spending more time awake than before. Babies now start to take more notice of things around them. Your baby will be busy looking, listening, and learning. During this time your baby begins to develop trust and an emotional attachment to you. Feeling safe and cared for is important for helping your baby grow strong and healthy.

Infants 5 to 8 months

Your infant is gaining more body control and is eager to move around and explore. Babies at this age are no longer happy to just sit quietly and look around. They are generally cheerful and energetic and interested in everything. Sitting up, playing, babbling, touching things, and moving around help your baby learn about the world.

Infants 9 to 12 months

Your infant is curious, mobile, active, and capable, but definitely not concerned with safety or with being neat. Babies at this age are explorers. They don’t realize they are making a mess. You need to be understanding and keep a sharp eye out for dangerous situations. Your baby is just doing what comes naturally—not trying to annoy you.

Infants 12 to 18 monthsMother and baby

This is a very active time in your growing baby’s life. Your 1-year-old is practicing all kinds of new skills. Your child uses crawling, walking, running, climbing, throwing, and kicking to learn about things. Children at this age love to explore and try to do things on their own. They are very busy and curious, and they need adults who are understanding and who have a good sense of humor.

Toddlers & 2 yr old

Toddlers and 2-year-olds are full of energy and curiosity. They are becoming much more independent and aware of themselves as individuals. Children at this age may seem selfish and self-centered. This is because they don’t have the ability yet to think about how others feel or consider what others want. Toddlers and 2- year-olds need grown-ups who are understanding, alert, flexible, and creative.

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Baby Basics

Baby, Be Calm Baby, Be Calm

Babies have good days and bad days. Learn what to understand about infant crying and what to do about it in “Baby, Be Calm!” Find out what your baby’s emotions are telling you and how to create feelings of love and self-confidence. This easy-to-read, colorfully illustrated publication is part of the series “Parenting Hot Spots: Connecting with Your Baby” adapted from the Just in Time Parenting newsletters.

Baby, Be Good

Trust is the most important lesson to teach your baby in the first year. “Baby, Be Good!” explores behavior issues and how to deal with them. Included are suggestions for building your discipline (teaching) tool kit and handling your baby’s angry behavior and your own angry feelings. This easy-to-read, colorfully illustrated publication is part of the series “Parenting Hot Spots: Connecting with Your Baby” adapted from the Just in Time Parenting newsletters.

Baby, Let's Eat

Baby, Let's sleep You can help your baby develop good eating habits early and have a good attitude about food. Learn tips for when, what, and how to feed your baby during the first six months in “Baby, Let’s Eat.” This easy-to-read, colorfully illustrated publication is part of the series “Parenting Hot Spots: Connecting with Your Baby” adapted from the Just in Time Parenting newsletters.

Baby, Let's Sleep

Good sleep habits lead to a healthier, well-rested baby. Find out what is needed for safe sleep and get tips for getting baby to sleep and keeping baby asleep, what to do with an active baby, and how you can get the rest you need too. This easy-to-read, colorfully illustrated publication is part of the series “Parenting Hot Spots: Connecting with Your Baby” adapted from the Just in Time Parenting newsletters.

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Principles of ParentingBaby Crying

Infant Crying: "I'm Trying to Tell You Something!"

One of the first challenges new parents face is how to deal with a crying baby. This Principles of Parenting series publication offers suggestions for identifying why your child is crying and what he or she is trying to communicate.

Talking so Young Children Understand

Parents need to understand how they can be most effective in talking with their young children. This Principles of Parenting series publication offers suggestions for successul communication with young children.

Coping with Your Todddler & Toilet Training

Toilet Training and your Toddler This Principles of Parenting series publication offers guidance for encouraging toddlers in their early struggles to develop independence. Helps caregivers recognize a child's readiness to move from diapers to training pants; includes strategies for setbacks. Offers guidance on the limits and flexibility that help toddlers begin to take charge of their bodies and their emotions.

Am I Spoiling My Child?

One big worry parents often have is whether they are spoiling their child. But, what does it mean to be spoiled? In this publication, we will talk about the kinds of things young children do that make parents wonder if they are raising spoiled children. We will also talk about how you can encourage your children to behave in ways that are self-confident rather than self-centered, cooperative rather than controlling, and considerate rather than demanding. 


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Nutrition & Health

Taking Good Care of Baby

This publication discusses bacteria and the effect it can have on an infant. It contains information on the proper handling, storage, and preparation of formula and baby food, and it includes instructions on safely heating formula and baby food in microwaves. Bacteria and the proper care of a child's changing table are also addressed.

Nutrition For a Healthy Pregnancy & a Healthy Baby Taking Good Care of Baby

Healthy eating during pregnancy is discussed in this publication. Suggestions for wise food choices are included as well as information on weight gain during pregnancy, vitamin and mineral supplements, things to avoid, cravings, and easing discomforts of pregnancy.

Nutrition for the Nusing Mother

What you eat while you nurse your baby is very important. You'll need the foods for your own body plus extra food to make milk for your baby. At this special time in your life, you probably have many questions. This handout will provide answers to some of the common concerns of nursing (lactating) mothers. 

Baby Formula & Baby Food

Everything you wanted to know about baby formula and baby food. Topics covered include bottle feeding, selecting formula, cup training, starting solid foods, starting new foods, buying baby food, and preparing baby food at home. Mother Nursing Child

Breast-Feeding or Bottle Feeding

A major decision you will make as a new mother is how to feed your baby. Although breast milk is the perfect food for a newborn, good store-bought formulas are available. Infant formula can be used in two ways: instead of breast milk or as a supplement to breast milk. How you feed your baby is your decision, although family support is important to make breastfeeding successful. This 14-page publication discusses benefits to the infant, such as nutritional benefits, protection against illness and allergies, establishment of good eating patterns, proper tooth and jaw development, as well as benefits to you, the mother, such as health benefits and emotional benefits. Lists other factors to consider such as economic factors and convenience, with guidelines on how to prepare for breastfeeding and a list of additional reference materials.

Hello, Baby

Pregnancy is a great time. It is a time of change. It is a time of adventure. It is a time to welcome a new member into your family, even when your baby is still inside you. Healthy moms have healthy babies. To make a healthy baby, follow the Ten Commandments For A Healthy Pregnancy that are outlined in this publication. Also included is the Food Guide Pyramid and a list of serving sizes. 

Feeding Baby Food Baby's First Twelve Months: A Guide to Infant Feeding

Your baby must be ready before he or she can eat foods. This guide will help you know when your baby is ready for certain types of foods.

Feeding Baby & You

This publication discusses the nutrients a pregnant woman needs and the effect of the nutrients. It also contains recipes for sources of particular nutrients. For fun while learning, it includes word search, crossword puzzle, and unscramble games. 

How My Habits Affect My Baby

Once you have a child, it is important to know how some bad habits, such as smoking and Alcohol use can affect your baby.

Dangerous Look-Alikes

Product packages and sometimes actual products can look so much alike that young children or adults with poor or failing eyesight may be unable to tell the difference. This brochure illustrates many common product look-alikes and offers tips for poison-proofing your home.

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