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What the guide covers.
Pregnancy and birth.
You will likely have many feelings while you are pregnant. You may feel excited, nervous, and tired. It is important to take care of yourself. Ask for help from your partner or support system when you need it. You should schedule an appointment with a doctor as soon as you find out that you are pregnant. It is also important to find a doctor for your baby (such as a pediatrician). Do not wait until your baby is born.
Bringing baby home.
Many parents may feel sad or anxious after the birth of their baby. It is typical to feel this way for a few weeks. If you experience strong feelings of anxiety or depression, it is important to seek help. Reach out to your doctor if you need support. Eat a healthy diet and drink extra fluids, especially if you are breastfeeding. Talk to your doctor about whether you should be taking a multivitamin or other supplement.
Routines give your baby a sense of security. When daily schedules are predictable, your baby feels more comfortable in their environment. Until about 18 months, you may find that your baby clings to you when they are put in new situations or are around new people. You may also notice your baby begin to play for a few minutes without you. They will probably look back for you to make sure you are still near them.
Routines help your toddler feel safe and secure in their environment. Toddlers learn about everyday events, procedures, and what is expected of them. Children who have effective routines are more engaged with their environment and the people around them. Your toddler will learn to anticipate changes in routines and will slowly become more independent as they learn what each routine entails.
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Nebraska Department of Education
Department of Early Childhood
P.O. Box 94987
Lincoln, NE 68509-4987