Infancy is full of a lot of “firsts” – not just for baby, but for mom as well. Even women who apparently had a lot of experience with babies – maybe they spent their teen years babysitting, had much younger siblings, studied child development, or worked in daycare centers – still might find that they go into motherhood knowing less than they thought they did.
For example, not many childcare providers have to deal with any of the parenting challenges covered in disc 2 of Surviving Infancy (postpartum depression is kind of a moms-only thing, as is breastfeeding and postpartum sexuality! Many highly educated women hit motherhood and find themselves surprised by the challenges they face in these areas).
For myself, in my third year of motherhood, I was very familiar with many of these topics – I know how to safely bathe a baby, how to treat an ear infection, and how big objects need to be to keep them from being choking hazards. However, a lot of these things I didn't find out until I'd already been “doing it wrong” for quite a few months!
For example, this DVD has a section on car seat safety. I thought I knew what that meant – I had my car seat installed correctly, five-point harness, always fully fastened, etc – but I didn't realize the chest clip of my daughter's car seat needed to be at armpit level for it to be safe until she was over a year old! (Thankfully we were never in an accident during that time, but I still regret it).
This DVD is very thorough – it covers 36 topics (categories include Infant Safety, Toddler Safety, Routine Illnesses, Pediatric Emergencies, Immunizations and Parenting Challenges), ranging from the things moms run into every day (like electrical safety and crib safety) to the special situations not everyone runs into (like pool safety and CPR).
With a run time over 3 hours, each topic is able to have enough time for a complete presentation. 3 hours might seem a little too long for watching in a single sitting – although if I'd received it as a baby shower gift during my first pregnancy, I probably would have just powered through – but I found this was easy enough to get through just by watching a section or two at a time.
A lot of it is also stuff you might not even watch until the situation came up (like “Inconsolable crying.” I already got through that stage with my oldest, and it didn't happen with my new little guy. I skipped it).
The Surviving Infancy program would be a great informative DVD set for any mama – and might be even better to watch with the ladies from your Lamaze class or mommy group!
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