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Information for Parents of Infants (Birth - 12 Months)

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Information for Parents of Infants (Birth - 12 Months)

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When a baby comes into your life, a lot of things change. During the first year of life a baby changes a lot, too. This is also an important time of development for your baby and a time of learning for parents. 

On this page, you will find information and resources to help you understand what your baby is going through at each stage of development. You’ll also find answers to many of your questions with tips, learning resources, and more for baby’s first year.

Child Care

During this first year, finding quality child care you can trust is very important. What do you do when your maternity or paternity leaves runs out and you must go back to work? Great Start to Quality can help you find qualified, licensed child care options in your area. Once you choose a child care provider, there will be many positive experiences. You may also have some concerns. Our Concerns in Child Care page has resources for those special situations.

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Infant Development and Milestones

Babies grow very fast in these first 12 months. There are a lot of development stages and milestone during this time. Find checklists and information for what you can expect your child’s development milestones to be by 2 months, 4 months, 6 months, 9 months and 12 months.

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Infant Social and Emotional Development

Just as important as the physical milestones, your baby goes through a lot of social and emotional milestones as they learn how to deal with the world around them. Learning to trust others, to comfort themselves, to play, to smile – these are all social and emotional developments.  Learn some of the things you can do with your baby to help them develop good social and emotional skills.

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Infant Physical Health and Safety

Keeping your baby safe and healthy is among a parent or caregivers top priorities. There is so much to remember and do to make sure everything is as it should be. We have tips and resources to give you everything you need – from safe sleep to healthy eating.

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Programs for Infants

There are a number of State and Federal programs designed to help families with babies – from finding child care to extra help with developmental delays.

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Infant Parenting Tips

Helpful tips, resources and ideas for parents with babies. Whether this is your first child or you have been through this before, there are always new things to learn. We put together a list of helpful tips for parents.
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