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Giving your baby a good beginning is important in helping them mature and develop properly. Through the LSU AgCenter's Healthy Beginnings program, you can learn new parental skills and techniques that are specifically developed for the early stages of your child's life.

Healthy Beginnings for Your Baby is a six-part series of classes provided for pregnant women or parents of infants. It is offered through LSU AgCenter Cooperative Extension Healthybeginningspregnantwomanpngoffices across Louisiana.

Targeted to participants in the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program, the Healthy Beginnings educational effort is designed to increase the potential for future success for low-income mothers and their infants. It aims to strengthen parents’ understanding and skills in areas that are important not only for their personal success but also the future success of their young children.

Skills stressed in the Healthy Beginnings program include improved decision-making skills, constructive coping skills and positive parenting skills. Participants learn about and develop those skills through a variety of educational sessions, such as:

  • Decision Making
  • Your Family Budget
  • Cash Crisis: Money Traps that Keep You Broke
  • Meeting Your Transportation and Child Care Needs
  • Coping
  • Making It on Your Own
  • Building Family Strengths
  • Parenting
  • Nurturing and Caring for Your Baby
  • Keeping Your Baby Safe
  • Understanding Your Baby’s Development
  • Preparing Your Baby for Success
  • Nutrition and Development

Goals of the Healthy Beginnings for Your Baby project are for pregnant women and parents of young children to:

  • Gain knowledge and/or skills of effective parenting practices so they can create the most healthful and nurturing environments for their children.
  • Improve knowledge of effective money management to meet their family financial obligations.

*The Healthy Beginnings program is targeted to pregnant women and parents of children under the age of one applying for or receiving Temporary Assistance for Needy Families funds.

Helpful Links

Are you an expecting mother?

Calories need change while you are expecting or breastfeeding. Visit the MyPlate Plan to learn more about your calorie allowance and what foods are healthy for you and your little one.

MyPlate Plan

Read to your baby

It is important for you to read to your baby early and often. The more stories you read aloud, the more words your baby will hear and try to mimic.

Tips for reading to a baby

Introducing Solid Foods

We know that breastmilk is the best milk for babies. But soon, baby will begin to eat solid foods. Learn more about when and how to introduce your little one to solid foods.

When, What, and How to Introduce Solid Foods | Nutrition | CDC

Choosing a Daycare

Selecting a new daycare center can be a bit overwhelming. There are plenty of questions for new parents to ask to feel comfortable as they leave their babies with staff. See our list of questions that you should ask new providers as you seek childcare center providers.

Questions To Ask A Potential Childcare Provider

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