Parent leadership and engagement is a strong component of all aspects of DULCE design and implementation. For each of the five DULCE visits, there is a corresponding parent handout. These handouts provide: 1) developmental information specific to the age of the newborn at the time of the well-child visit, 2) information about the importance of parental self care, 3) resources to help families meet basic needs like food and shelter, and 4) developmental milestones for the next well-child visit.
ABOUT EACH VISIT:
The first weeks of life are all about sleeping and eating. Parents learn what to expect and how to cope with their newborn. Additionally, there is a lot of crying going on! The brochure offers general ideas on how to deal with crying presented in this handout, and encourages parents to figure out what works for their own child.
One Month Old
At this age, new family routines are starting to develop along with some of the worries that come with these changes. This handout addresses common parental concerns and gives many helpful hints. Along with letting parents know the importance of understanding how a baby’s brain develops, there are practical tips on how to help a baby stop crying.
Two Months Old
Babies start to learn new things the day they are born. At this age, babies learn how to smile – something to be celebrated! Ideas and suggestions to help babies continue to learn are offered. Parents may also be returning to work or school at this time. It is important that families have a good social network. Parents are asked: Who helps with your baby?
Four Months Old
With the fact that babies are learning so much, this handout stresses the importance of parents as teachers. Learning about the parts of one’s body, the ABC’s and other factual things are important, as is learning how to express feelings.
Six Months Old
Playing and exploring is how babies learn. Teaching and exploring with a baby is fun. Parents are encouraged to focus on what what is unique about this new member of the family. This is the last or transition visit for a family and the Family Specialist. Parents are reminded to use their health care provider and local resources to help them with their young children.