Do you know a new or soon to be parent of a baby born in 2014?
Partnership Park & St John’s United Church of Christ is hosting its 8th annual Community Baby Shower on June 28 from 1 to 4p.m. at St John’s at 801 S. Mechanic St. in Jackson.
The Baby Shower will feature:
- A Baby Expo where parents can learn about community resources and programs including free parenting classes at the Child and Parent Center
- A Baby Clothing Shop where parents can choose a new outfit for their baby
- A presentation on Safe Sleep Practices and the Period of PURPLE Crying a shaken baby prevention program and information on the Early On program
- A mini-lunch
- Raffle drawing of items such as strollers, Pac n Plays, Bouncers, Swings and diapers
- Limited childcare is available for older siblings
Registration is limited to the first 100 new parents who register so stop by St John’s or call the church at (517) 784-7580 to register today!
Being a new parent is hard work, but one of the many rewards throughout your day is nap time. Use the same loving precautions you practice while your baby is awake when you put them down to sleep.
Unfortunately more than 500 babies have died in Michigan since 2010 due to unsafe sleep practices. There are many preventative steps to take to ensure that your child sleeps safe and sound.
According to the American Academy of Pediatrics following these Safe Sleep practices will protect your baby:
- Always place infants on their backs
- Never share a bed with your baby
- Remove soft objects and loose bedding from the crib (no pillows, quilts, comforters, stuffed toys, bumper pads, or other soft objects).
- Use a firm mattress covered only with a fitted sheet
- Avoid overheating your baby by dressing him/her with too many clothes
- Encourage “Tummy Time;” it’s important to practice supervised tummy time while your baby is awake to build strong neck and shoulder muscles
- Make sure everyone caring for your baby knows these guidelines
When you follow these practices you will have a well rested baby and the peace of mind knowing your baby is safe when asleep.