Additional resources from Healthy Families New York ( https://www.healthyfamiliesnewyork.org/Resources/parenting.htm )
The following links provide you with information about various areas and stages of parenting from birth to the teen years.
- Welcome to Parenthood Family Guide
- This guide provides some useful tips for you if you are welcoming a new baby and points you to helpful resources available across New York State. This publication was developed by the New York State Department of Health.
- New York State Parent Guide
- A web site dedicated to helping new and expectant parents through the first five years of their child's life. It provides detailed information and resources around children's growth and development, along with assisting in nurturing the family unit and offering parenting tips. The web site was developed by the Council on Children and Families in conjunction with New York State.
Adventures in Parenting
- This guide provides you with developmentally-appropriate guidelines (birth through age 14) for responding to, monitoring, and mentoring your child; preventing risky behaviors; and modeling your own behavior in order to be a positive influence. This publication was developed by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development.
Parenting Tips Sheets
- Here you will find a collection of tip sheets providing guidance around the many surprises and challenges you may face as a parent, such as internet safety, bullying prevention, and discipline. These tip sheets were developed by Prevent Child Abuse New York.
The Parent Help line (1-800-Children)
- The Parent Help line is a free, confidential information and referral service for anyone who has questions or concerns about a child or family. Services are provided in many languages and specialists are available every day from 9 a.m. - 10 p.m. The help line is sponsored by Prevent Child Abuse New York.
Child Development and Health:
We know that your baby's well-being, including their health and development, is a priority in your day-to-day life. Below you will find information and suggestions to a number of questions you may have about your child's health and development.
The following information will provide you with answers to any number of questions or concerns you may have about keeping your child safe.
- General Safety (American Academy of Pediatrics)
- First Aid Guide (American Academy of Pediatrics)
- The Safe Nursery (U.S. Consumer Product and Safety Commission)
- Shaken Baby Syndrome Brochure and Video (New York State Department of Health)
- Traumatic Brain Injury (New York State Office of Children & Family Services)
- ABC's of Safe Sleep (NYS Office of Children and Family Services)
- Safe Sleep Environment (Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development)
- Safe Sleep Video (Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development)
Car and Car Seat Safety
- Keep Kids Out of Hot Cars Brochure and Video (New York State Department of Health)
- Car Seats: Information for Families (American Academy of Pediatrics)
- Good Toys for Young Children (National Association for the Education of Young Children)
- Toy Safety Tips (New York City Health Department)
- Search Tool for Recalls and Reports (Consumer Product Safety Commission)
The following links provide you with information about the important role fathers have in enabling their child’s healthy development.
A Driver’s Manual for New Dads (New York State Office of Temporary Disability Assistance)
- This guide will help you navigate the twists and turns of parenting. In this manual you will find advice from parenting professionals and dads as well as a number of helpful resources throughout New York State.
Becoming a Father (Kid’s Health)
- Find answers to the questions you have about becoming a father at Kid’s Health. You will find information on many topics focusing on the health and development of your child and family.
The Daddy Factor: The Crucial Impact of Fathers on Young Children’s Development (Zero to Three)
- As a father you are a key factor in your child’s long-term development. Read the many ways fathers have a powerful impact on the lives of their children.
Parenting Tips for New Fathers (Prevent Child Abuse New York)
- Congratulations on your bundle of joy! Click on this tip sheet to learn what you can do to soothe your baby when she starts to fuss and cry.
How Dad can Help with Breastfeeding (Prevent Child Abuse New York)
- Did you know fathers can help with breastfeeding? Learn how your support can help and encourage Mom to breast feed your baby.
Dad’s Guide to Bonding with Baby (Prevent Child Abuse New York)
- Create a lasting bond with your child by using the tips and suggestions found on this tip sheet.
For Dads (National Responsible Fatherhood Clearinghouse – NRFC)
- Want to be more involved in your child’s life? Check out the Clearinghouse’s tips and activities and find out everything you and your child can do together from games to activities of the week! You can also connect with fatherhood programs around the U.S. or learn how you can become a mentor.
Programs to Support Strengthening Families: New York Profile (National Responsible Fatherhood Clearinghouse– NRFC)
- This New York State fact sheet lists several programs aimed at promoting parenting and responsible fatherhood. Check to see if any programs exist within your community.
The following links provide you with information about a variety of health topics that may be of interest to you if you are pregnant or newly parenting
Get Ready, Get Set to Have a Healthy Baby
Do you want to know what pregnancy is like? Are you curious about the choices you may have about giving birth? If these are questions you have, then this web site from the NYS Department of Health provides you with those answers and a lot more information about pregnancy, delivery, and the postpartum period.
Special Considerations during Pregnancy
Along with general questions about pregnancy and delivery, you may have specific questions regarding your health and safety during pregnancy. Below is a list of topics that may be of interest to you but always remember that this information should not serve as a substitute for the professional recommendations made by your family’s obstetrician.
- High Blood Pressure During Pregnancy (ACOG)
- Pregnancy during the Teenage Years (ACOG)
- Tobacco, Alcohol and Drugs during pregnancy (ACOG)
- Multiple Birth (ACOG)
- Domestic Violence (NYSDOH)
We know that breastfeeding is your best option for nourishing your child but it is not an easy process. Below you will find some helpful resources that answer questions you may have about breastfeeding.
- NYS Department of Health Breastfeeding your baby
- NYS Department of Health Breastfeeding mothers’ bill of rights
- Office of Women’s Health Breastfeeding Advice Videos—Overcoming Challenges
Contraception and Birth Control
Below you will find some helpful resources that answer questions you may have about types of birth control and availability to you.
- Office of Women’s Health Birth Control Methods Fact Sheet
- NYS Department of Health Comprehensive Family Planning and Reproductive Health Program
Having a baby can be a very stressful experience for many parents. Below you will find information and resources to explore if you have questions about how you have been feeling since having your baby.
- NYS Department of Health You Are Not Alone
- NYS Department of Health Perinatal Depression
- Postpartum Support International New York Resource Guide
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