- Childbirth Class, check.
- Infant Care Class, check.
- Infant CPR Class, coming soon.
- On Wednesday night we attended an “Infant Care” class at Cedars-Sinai Hospital, where we’ll be delivering Zoe, if all goes as planned. And yes, it was another interesting experience. There were 25 or so couples in this class, in varying stages of pregnancy, and all with some quite interesting views on caring for an infant.
The liveliest topic was sleep – not IF newborns will sleep, but HOW they should sleep, and in what, to keep them safe. Did you know that swaddling in a blanket is “no longer recommended”? Apparently babies move around a lot and are likely to get out of it, leaving them with a loose (and dangerous) blankie in the crib. They now recommend swaddle blankets with velcro or sleep sacks that babies can’t get out of, and no more sleep wedges (those foam baby positioners) either.
Sounds like a contradiction to me since 1) the first danger is that they MOVE in the night to dislodge the blanket and 2) without a positioner, they can really move and are likely to end up on their stomachs where they can’t breathe. Good news = they do NOT expect parents to stay awake watching their babies sleep (this was an actual, serious question by a concerned mother – she had “heard” that this was recommended).
Anyway, any real world advice on baby sleep you have would be much appreciated :)
We also learned that diaper wipes are bad?! They have antibacterial stuff on them which is not great for babies, supposedly. The instructor literally recommended a spray bottle filled with water and PAPER TOWELS. Um, no thanks.
So maybe we won’t be the “perfect parents” when it comes to care, but we did a pretty good job diapering our “baby” and could actually get its shirt both on AND off. As long as Zoe remains perfectly still and allows us to work our newly-acquired parental magic, we should ROCK those tasks ;)