The arrival of your little one probably has been the most rewarding, exhilarating and exhausting time in your life. Now you are faced with so many important decisions about your baby's care. There is a wealth of information at your fingertips, but how do you know which choices are right for you and your family?
Winchester Hospital's maternity services staff members have compiled the list below of websites that you may consider helpful as you navigate through the next year as a family. These online references are meant to provide you with helpful guidance, but only you can decide what is best for your child and family.
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Health and Wellness of Baby
Women's Health - Information on SIDS, newborn care and safety, babysitters, product safety, listing of American Academy of Pediatricians, etc.
Source: Office on Women’s Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Baby Proofing - This is one topic in a series of YouTube videos on “Welcome to Parenthood.” Source: Pampers.
Parents Helping Parents - Based in Watertown, Mass., this website offers information about the stress help line parents can all to ask anonymous questions and/or participate in local support groups. Source: Parents Helping Parents of Massachusetts.
Parenting Resources - With links on breastfeeding, autism, vaccines, child care, tips on successful parenting, etc. It also contains material for the grandparents as well. Some information also offered in Spanish. Source: U.S. General Services Administration, Office of Citizen Services and Innovative Technologies.
Safe Sleep for Your Baby
There are simple steps you can take to make sure your baby is sleeping safety to reduce the risk of SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome). This information sheet, produced by a task force of the Middlesex District Attorney that includes four Winchester Hospital staff members, tells you the best ways to put your baby to sleep. You can also get more information from the Safe to Sleep® Public Education Campaign led by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development.
Breastfeeding Classes at Winchester Hospital - We offer a variety of classes and support groups for parents. Find a list of our resources here.
ZipMilk - Offers a list of breastfeeding resources in your area sorted by zip code. Source: Massachusetts Breastfeeding Coalition, Inc.
First 48 Hours of Breastfeeding - In addition to breastfeeding support, Baby Zone covers many other topics such as baby names, life with your baby, buying for baby, books to read to your toddler, etc. Source: Baby Zone is offered online courtesy of Disney.
Work and Pump - Website dedicated to providing breastfeeding support to working women. Source: Kirsten Berggren, PhD, CLC and author of: "Working without Weaning: A working mother's guide to breastfeeding."
Breastfeeding Online - Educational website that focuses on the importance and benefits of breastfeeding. Source: Cindy Curtis, RNC, IBCLC, CCE, CD.
Massachusetts Breastfeeding - State website dedicated to sharing local breastfeeding resources to Massachusetts women. Source: Massachusetts Breastfeeding Coalition