You want to be a great parent – to love and care for your baby.
Our BabyTime booklet
will help get you, your family and your baby off to a great start.
Use our Live, Love, Grow and Learn booklets
to guide you as your baby grows and develops.
Our Ready in Stages checklists
help you monitor your baby’s progress.
Read to your baby every day. Our Read to Your Newborn
and Tips on How to Read to Your Baby in the NICU
bookmarks provide helpful tips.
If your baby stays in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
– NICU, he still needs you. Parents are an important part of the NICU team. Find tips and answers to some of your questions on our Caring for Your NICU Baby
Having a baby is a life-changing event. Many mothers experience the “baby blues” for a few weeks. Some mothers, however, experience a Postpartum Mood Disorder
which can be treated. Seek help and treatment early.
Motherhood is a learning process. Not all women feel the same after giving birth. Having a support system
helps. Meet with other moms who feel stressed
— whether it is struggling with feedings or trying to adjust to a new schedule.
Breast milk provides important nutrients for your newborn. Find valuable resources with breastfeeding
at HSHS St. John’s Hospital Birth Center
. For a listing of breastfeeding support services and resources in central Illinois, download
our Breastfeeding Support card
Our tip sheets for parents of babies answer parenting questions. You can also call 217-544-5808 or 1-888-727-5889. We do not give medical, legal or spiritual advice.
Parent Help Line might help you.
Growth and Development
Family Life with Baby
Charts and Checklists
Make your baby’s first foods healthy. Early foods contribute to a life-long eating habits. Baby’s First Food
Baby's First Foods
Baby's First Food - A Healthy Start
Do Babies Need to Drink Water?
Healthy and Flavorful Food for Your Baby
Lose Weight Safely After the Birth of Your Baby
Prepare Infant Formula Safely
Babies need loving touches, smiling faces, soft words, cuddles and play time.
Babies Learn from Reading Faces
Baby Sign Language
Parents Help Babies Reach Their Full Potential
Read to Your Newborn
Teach Skills to Be Resilient
The Parent Child Bond
– Resiliency skills will help you thrive and survive as you face new challenges with parenthood.
Growth and Development
Help your child develop and reach full potential.
Baby’s First Steps
Babies Need Loving Touch and Cuddles
Confront Adversity with a Positive Attitude
Get to Know Your Newborn
Sleep Solutions for Babies
Tummy Time for Babies
What Makes a Family Strong
What We Can Learn from Caveman Parenting
Keep your baby safe – at home and away from home.
Crying Linked to Injury of Children
Kids Are Not Safe Alone in Cars
Make Your Infant’s Sleep Space Safe
New Car Seat Guidelines
Prevent Medication Errors
Stay in Control When Your Child Cries
Stay Safe During Tornado Season
Swaddle Your Infant Safely
Winter-Time Car Seat Safety
Fatherhood is a mix of joys and challenges. Take an active role in caring for your newborn – feeding, bathing, diapering, cuddling and playing. Your loving presence and actions give your child the confidence to meet life’s challenges.
Dads of Newborns Need More Sleep
Dads Report Postnatal Depression
Dads Support is Critical to Breastfeeding Success
Dads Take on a New Hands-On-Approach to Parenting
Dads Your Baby Needs You
Wives Can Help New Dads Gain Confidence
Make and keep regular visits to your baby’s primary doctor.
Are Infant Sleep Machines Safe?
Create Your Family Plan for Health and Well-Being
Moms Need More Sleep
Tips for Flu Season
Retinopathy of Prematurity
Family Life with a Baby
Learn what it takes to make your unique family strong and successful.
A Healthy Lifestyle Increases Resiliency
Avoid Common Mistakes When Caring For Your Newborn
Babies Need Resilient Parents
Focus on the Positive
New Baby Basics
Newborns Who Confuse Night and Day
Parent Infant Bonding
Positive Parent-Child Time
Reduce Household Waste
Resiliency - A Needed Family Trait
Working Parents Must Share Household Chores
Grandparents play a vital role in raising a happy and healthy family. The new family needs your love, wisdom, patience and support.
Grandparents Provide Needed Support for New Parents
– Find tips to support the new family.
Charts and Checklists
My Plate USDA Food Recommendations
Immunizations Birth to Age 6
Health History and Information
Look What Your Baby Can Do Checklist
The Road to Resiliency Chart
American Academy of Pediatrics
Building Blocks for Healthy Development
Tips for Breastfeeding
Women, Infants and Children