Information for New Parents

What you can do to get your baby off to a healthy start

Breastfeed your baby

Request a Home Visit

Keep your home lead-safe

Create a Safe Sleep Environment

Make sure the people who contact your baby are immunized

Doctors recommend that adults and adolescents who will be around infants be vaccinated with a single dose of Tdap. This could include parents, siblings, grandparents, babysitters, and other child care providers. Tdap protects against, among other diseases, pertussis. Infants are too young to be fully immunized against pertussis, but an infant's exposure to the illness can be reduced if he or she only comes into contact with people who are vaccinated. This practice is called cocooning.