Family and friends can make all the difference to a pregnant mom or new mother. This video from Women 2 Women for Healthy Babies talks about the importance of having a support system.

Have your tools handy

Sign up for text4baby – Simply text “BABY” or “BEBE” to 511411. Then follow the instructions. When asked, identify yourself as a father, grandparent, friend, etc.

You’ll be asked questions about your loved one’s due date, your ZIP code and your language preference. After that, you’ll start getting 2-3 free messages a week. Each message is timed to your loved one’s due date or the baby’s birthday. Learn more at the text4baby site.

Safe to sleep

It’s so important that the new baby sleep safely – alone, on his back and in a crib. Too many babies die from SIDS because they were sleeping with an adult or another child or on a sofa or on a soft mattress.

The safest way for babies to sleep is on their backs. When they sleep on their bellies they can suffocate.

Babies do not control their breathing the way older children do. They also don’t wake themselves up when they stop breathing. When they sleep in cribs with baby bumpers, blankets or toys, their noses can get covered and they can stop breathing.

Learn more about how to make a safe place to sleep when the baby stays with you at www.roomtobreathe.org.

Build a barrier of protection

New babies need protection from illnesses like whooping cough and the flu. But they’re too little to get shots for a lot of things. So it’s important to ask everyone who will be around the baby to get vaccinated. If everyone the baby contacts is protected, the baby will be too.

Support that hardworking mom

Share breastfeeding tips with your loved one by telling them about Every Ounce Counts – the Texas breastfeeding campaign. Moms can get help with breastfeeding positions and personal birth announcements. They’ll also get great info about the benefits of breastfeeding for mom and baby. There’s even a section for dads!

Resources

More than 2.5 million grandparents are raising grandchildren. The challenges in this important role can be different the second or third time around. Learn about how grandparents are doing in Texas with the GrandFacts fact sheets.

You can also find specific resources for grandparents developed by AARP, Brookdale Foundation Group, Casey Family Programs, Child Welfare League of America, Children’s Defense Fund and Generations United.

Visit the March of Dimes website to learn more about how to support your loved one’s healthy pregnancy. There you’ll find great videos and advice to share with the new family.