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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: 

2014: November 9, 9a-4pm at Baystate Education Center and November 16, 9a-4p at Baystate Mary Lane Hospital.

2015: January 2, 9a-4p at Baystate Education Center.

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:
2014/2015: : 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

2014: July 28, Aug 6, Sept 17, Oct 8, Nov 12, Dec 10

2015: Jan 21, Feb 11, Mar 18, Apr 8, 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:

2014: Thursday, October 26 (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.
 
The Fascination and Frustration with Toddlerhood

Have you ever found yourself wondering…

Where did my cuddly, sweet baby go and who is this crazy toddler?
Where are these temper tantrums coming from?
How do I handle this change in behavior?
When should I potty train?
How do I get my child to eat new foods?
How do I keep my child safe at home and in the world as s/he explores?
Are we normal??
This class, ideal for parents of children 12-36 months, offers an introduction to toddlerhood and the many ways to embrace this amazing, joyous, fascinating yet crazy time in your child’s life. Join us to discover the how’s and why’s of parenting a toddler.

During our time together you will:

  • Discover insightful and important information about this exceptional phase of development.
  • Learn why this time of life can be so challenging for parents and tough on toddlers, and how you can decrease frustration for both.
  • Gather practical tips and effective tools for navigating toddler development, behavior and discipline, nutrition, safety, potty training, and socialization.

To allow for focused learning and great discussion, please plan on getting a sitter for your toddler.

Schedule: 

2014: TBD

 Location: Baystate Health Education Center, 361 Whitney Ave, 1st Floor, BRL Conference Room, Holyoke
Cost: $35 per couple
Registration: Call 413-794-BABY (794-2229), 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.