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Infant and Child Care Classes

Babysitting Academy

Babysitting training program for young adults ages 11 1/2  to 16 & covers topics such as:

  • Baby care
  • First aid
  • Fire safety
  • Home security
  • Accident prevention
  • Child behavior
  • CPR (cardio-pulmonary resuscitation).
  • Participants who attend receive a babysitter's handbook, safety booklet, and graduation certificate.

Schedule: 

2015: Feb 16, 9a-4p at Baystate Education Center.

            April 23 at Baystate Mary Lane Hospital, Ware

Location: Baystate Health Education Center, 361 Whitney Avenue, 1st Floor, BRL Conference Room, Holyoke    directions
Cost: $30.00
Registration and More Information: Call 413-794-BABY (794-2229), 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.
 

Infant Care Class

This class is for parents who are not taking a Childbirth program ( 7wk, 4wk or 1 day express), but want to know how to take care of their new baby.  Participants will learn:

  • Creating and maintaining a loving bond with your baby
  • Diapering and bathing your baby
  • Taking your baby's temperature
  • Ways of comforting your baby
  • What is normal in appearance and behavior for a newborn.
Schedule:
2015: : See schedule under Before Baby is Born or Call for dates
Location: Wesson Women and Infants' Unit, Lundy Boardroom, 759 Chestnut Street, Springfield
Cost: $25.00
Registration and More Information: Call 413-794-BABY (794-2229), 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. 
 

Keeping Baby Safe

Parents learn how to provide a safe environment for baby, including:

  • How to use CPR techniques to save your baby's life, if necessary
  • Ways to keep your baby safe while traveling 
  • Simple first aid techniques for emergencies.

Schedule: One three-hour class offered every month

2015: Jan 21, Feb 11, Mar 18, Apr 8, Apr 22, May 20, June 17, July 15, Aug. 19, Sept 16, Oct 14, Nov 18, Dec 9.

Location: Baystate Health Education Center, 361 Whitney Ave, 1st Floor, BRL Conference Room, Holyoke
Cost: $35.00 per couple, additional family members $15.00 per person
Registration and More Information: Call 413-794-BABY (794-2229), 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. 
 
Keeping Toddler Safe

This class will discuss the hidden dangers around your home and ways to keep your child safe. Topics safe:

  • fire safety
  • burn hazards
  • drowning
  • falls
  • bites/stings
  • sever allergies
  • poison prevention
  • temperature related emergencies
  • choking
  • traveling safely

You will also learn American Heart Association child CPR. This class is ideal for anyone who spends time with a toddler or young child.

Schedule:

2015: June 8, Oct 5 (6-8:30pm)

Location: Baystate Health Education Center, 361 Whitney Av, 1st Floor, BRL Conference Room, Holyoke
Cost: $35.00 per couple
Registration: Call 413-794-BABY (794-2229), 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.