Your Child at Birth
Welcome to the wonderful world of parenthood!
Learning begins at birth, and in the first six months an infant will learn a lot! You and your baby have likely learned a great deal about each other already.
As you grow in your new role as a parent, you may have many questions about your newborn. Check out the Born Learning for information about your child's development and every day ways that you can support your baby.
Your child's doctor will provide information regarding your child's health and development, and can support you in your new role as a parent in many ways. Choosing the right medical doctor for your family can be a challenge though. Click here for more information about what to look for in a pediatrician or family practice doctor to care for your child.
By 4-6 months your child should be able to:
If you have concerns about your child's development,contact Early On
1-800-Early On (327-5966)
Baby Brain Power
How can I help my baby to learn? What games should I be playing?
During the first months and years of your baby’s life his brain is developing at a very rapid rate. There are many activities you can do to provide stimulation that will promote brain development, foster trust and security, and provide a safe environment for your baby to grow.
Click the links below for practical tips on boosting your baby’s brain power:
There are many benefits to breastfeeding for you and your baby. It is a cost effective and convenient way to promote bonding and provide good nutrition. Human milk has all the nutrients needed to support a stronger immune system, promote easier digestion, and reduce the likelihood of obesity.
Several agencies in Washtenaw County provide support for breastfeeding mothers to make your experience successful and enjoyable. Visit our Parent Resource Directory for resources and support.
Check out these websites for information that can help make breastfeeding a success for both mom and baby:
Taking care of a baby can sometimes be as overwhelming as it is joyful. As parents, we want to keep our babies healthy and safe. The state of Michigan has several programs aimed at helping to protect our children. Many of these programs can be accessed through the State’s Early On website at www.1800earlyon.org.
Finding a quality child care provider is essential for the healthy development of your baby and also for your peace of mind.
How do you know if a provider is right for your family? For a checklist of questions you might want to ask a provider, and a list of things you should look for when evaluating prospective childcare providers, visit the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services or kidshealth.org
For help finding quality child care near you, visit Great Start to Quality.
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