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Car Seat Concerns?

Babies don’t come with an instruction manual—but car seats sure do, and even then, we, as parents, still question whether we are using the right type of car seat (infant seat, convertible car seat, booster, high-back booster?) and installing it correctly (rear-facing, forward-facing, back seat, front seat?). If you too have had these questions, you …

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Social Support Reduces Risk of Isolation

Families socializing and having fun in the Children’s Play Room at Parenting Now. Between feedings, diaper changes, holding, swaying, and rocking, it can be easy to get caught up in the demands of parenthood—leaving little time to attend to your own individual needs. It’s not uncommon for new parents to feel sad, anxious, overwhelmed, or …

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Picking a Pediatrician: Where to start and what to ask

Being pregnant can be such an exciting time. There’s baby clothes to pick out, potential baby names to gush over, and lots of decisions to make, including who your child’s pediatrician will be. But where do you start? And how do you know if a pediatrician is the right fit for your family? Pediatrician Anita …

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Surviving Summer Pregnancy

When you’re pregnant, it doesn’t take much time in the sun to feel overheated, but there are some things you can do to stay cool (or at least comfortable) during the summer months as the temperatures start to spike.  Did someone turn up the thermostat? No, it’s not an illusion. Your internal body temperature is …

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Squish Into Summer

As a parent, you are your child’s first teacher—and wonderful learning can take place when you play together. You don’t need expensive toys or gadgets to entertain and engage your child. In fact, the best learning and play comes from items you can find around the home and your imagination! For this reason, Parenting Now’s …

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Volunteer Spotlight: Christy Rigopoulos

This spring, Parenting Now was lucky to have Christy Rigopoulos as one of our stellar interns. Christy, a senior at the UO, worked hard to support our local, deserving families by coordinating a Healthy Families Care Package fundraiser. She raised over $850 dollars in a few weeks to provide care packages for the families that …

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Playtime and Quiet Time for Baby

As a new parent, you may feel inundated with information about stimulating your baby’s budding brain with interactive toys, books, things to look at, etc. But just as important as stimulating playtime is quiet time for your baby to reflect and recharge. Learning how to balance the two is something all families can benefit from …

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Parenting Stress: Ways to support your emotional health

Stress, we all handle it differently. And we all do better when we know some ways to deal with it. Parenting Now’s Make Parenting A Pleasure program helps support parents who are experiencing high levels of stress by helping them identify ways to manage stressful moments during the day.  What is stress? Stress can affect …

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Calming Methods for Preschoolers

    Children are going through a range of experiences and emotions right now. Distance learning, hybrid learning, COVID-19 precautions, time away from family and friends—are all having an emotional impact on us. Preschoolers, in particular, need additional support from their parents during challenging times. One way you can support your preschooler is by teaching …

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What Is Your Baby Telling You?

Each baby is unique and special. Yet, all babies have a lot in common—they all have basic needs, like the need to eat and sleep. Infants also need to feel connected and this will contribute to a strong bond with their parents. Lastly, babies need to learn and master new skills such as making sounds …

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