Here’s Why ‘Baby Talk’ Is Good for Your Baby

Research shows that talking, reading, and singing to babies stimulates brain development. As Duke University’s Catherine E. Laing explains, the way we talk makes a difference too.

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Video: Overview of the Welcome Baby Program

First 5 LA recently posted this nice introduction to the Welcome Baby program. Funded by First 5 LA, Welcome Baby provides a personal parent coach and a nurse visit to help families give their kids the best start. Learn more …

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How to Find Affordable Diapers and Close the #DiaperGap in L.A. County

One in three families in the U.S. struggles to afford diapers for their kids. We’ve compiled a list of organizations and services in Southern California that can help right now.

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Video: ‘Welcome Baby’ Connects South Bay Parents With Community Resources

Parenting education, breastfeeding support, information on infant development and bonding and attachment, plus connections to community services and resources — those are some of the key benefits Welcome Baby provides. And, as Silvia and Abraham explain in this video, those are all the things these parents happily received from the program.

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Video: Parents With Older Children and a Baby Talk About Home Visiting

“When my son was this age I didn’t sing or talk to him — I thought that he didn’t need it,” says Maria, who appears in this video with her husband and baby daughter. “But through you and Welcome Baby, I learned that I need to talk to them since they are born. I see how important it is to talk and sing to them at an early age.”

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Closing L.A. County’s Health Screening Gap With ‘Help Me Grow-LA’

Last week we posted a treasure trove of resources for health screening of infants and toddlers. But we would be remiss if we didn’t mention Help Me Grow-LA, an initiative launched in May by First 5 LA and community partners to boost developmental screening rates in L.A. County.

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Handouts and Guides for Health Screening of Infants and Toddlers

Research shows that developmental delays, learning disorders, and behavioral and social-emotional problems affect roughly 1 in every 6 children. But less than 30 percent of children with developmental delays are identified as needing help before school begins. Because early intervention is key, home visitors in the Family Strengthening Network’s free home visiting programs are trained to screen babies before their first birthday and to help families find specialists when necessary. These home visitors also …

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Full Medi-Cal Benefits Now Available to Undocumented Immigrant Children

Full Medi-Cal coverage is now available to all children of low-income families in California, regardless of immigration status. Get resources to help families enroll their kids, and get the latest numbers on health-care coverage since the new law took effect in May.

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Breastfeeding Awareness: Resources and Research

August is all about breastfeeding awareness. Every year the U.S. Breastfeeding Committee declares it National Breastfeeding Month (#NBM16). The first week (August 1-7) is World Breastfeeding Week and August 25-31 is Black Breastfeeding Week. Here are some resources and the latest related research.

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Video: 2nd Annual Family Strengthening Summit: The Power of Home Visiting

LA Best Babies Network and its partner organizations hosted the second annual Family Strengthening Summit on June 1, 2016, in Los Angeles. The event brought together roughly 500 staff members and others affiliated with the Welcome Baby program and its home visiting services. Videos of all presentations are included here.

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