Parents & Caregivers

Parenting How do I get my baby to settle down for sleep? When should I call my pediatrician? when do I start my baby on solids? Check out these resources for how to take care of your baby.

 The Family Tree has a  free statewide HelpLine available for parents who need support. Simply call 1-800-243-7337.   

+ The Maryland Family Network 

+ Child Development: Caroline Co. Infants & Toddlers Program   

+ Bring your baby to a library near you for stories, songs, and free activities

+ For information on baby's health and parenting: or  

+ The Midshore WIC program provide food benefits and help with breastfeeding, nutrition for your family and much more.

+ Visit Safe Kids Worldwide for general safety tips and infant safety information.

Prenatal Care

HealthCare Access Maryland (HCAM) can help you find the prenatal and family health care you need, even if you don't have health insurance.

HCAM can connect you with people and programs to help with other problems, too. HCAM can help you find support to deal with:

  • Serious health problems

  • Children in foster care

  • Homelessness

  • Substance abuse addiction

  • Immigration issues.. and other issues, as well.

 + Call 410-649-0526 today to talk to an experienced advocate who can help you find the services and support you need.

+ Sign up for food benefits and education on nutrition, breastfeeding and more. Call 410-479-8060 (WIC) or click here.

+ If you need counseling about alcohol, medications, and other exposures during pregnancy and breastfeeding, call 1-866-626-6847 for free expert

   advice or visit

+ Find information and answers about pregnancy, your baby, folic acid, genetic disorders, prematurity, birth defects and much more


+ Find information on pregnancy, children's health, parenting and more at  or

Coping with an Infant Death Whether a miscarriage, stillborn death, or the loss of a baby after birth, the death of a child is devastating. If you have suffered the death of a child, please be assured that there are many people who are trained to help you cope with the grieving process

+ The Pregnancy & Infant Loss Partnership of the Mid-Shore Region (Brochure)

+ Compass Regional Hospice Center

+ First Candle

+ National Sudden and Unexpected Infant/Child Death & Pregnancy Loss Resource Center:

+ March of Dimes: Loss & Grief :

Baby Sleep Safe Infant sleep-related deaths are one of the leading causes of infant death in Baltimore City, and they are overwhelmingly preventable.

Families and caregivers can keep babies safe by following these rules:

+ Alone. Babies should never sleep with anyone else. Share a room, but not a bed with your baby.

Back.  Babies should always sleep on their backs. Babies are less likely to choke when on their backs.

+ Crib.   Babies should always sleep in a crib – every night and every nap. The crib should be clean and clear. There should be no toys or blankets 

               in the crib.

+ Don’t Smoke. Never smoke cigarettes or marijuana in a home with babies, young children, or pregnant women. Smoke in the home makes it

               harder for babies to breathe well.

+  When the cold weather approaches, be careful not to overheat your baby. When inside, dress your baby in the same number of layers that you are wearing. If you are comfortable in a room, your baby is too. 

Video: Safe-Sleep,

Dad Version

Smoking Smoking is not only bad for you, it’s harmful to those around you – especially if you’re pregnant or have a baby. Babies exposed to cigarette smoke in the womb and after birth are at increased risk of low birth-weight and SIDS. Research has found that babies who were exposed to smoke in the womb were five times more likely to die from SIDS than babies not exposed to cigarette smoke.

If you’re pregnant and don’t smoke or already quit:

Every day that you do not smoke, you are doing something great for yourself and your baby so you should be proud of yourself. To fully protect your baby, your baby’s daycare center or caregiver’s home should smoke-free as well.


If you’re pregnant and smoke:

If you quit during pregnancy, your baby is more likely to:

  • Be born healthy

  • Have strong lungs that work well

  • Be less fussy and develop fewer earaches

  • Get sick less.

And you will:

  • Have more energy and breathe more easily

  • Save money that you can spend on other things

  • Have better smelling hair and clothes

  • Enjoy the taste of your food more

  • Feel good knowing you’ve done something great for yourself and your baby.     

Maryland 1-800-QUITNOW Line:

+ CDC's Tips from Former Smokers:

+ Become an Ex:

+ You Quit Two Quit:

+ Smokefree:

General Health & Wellness: Please visit our other Health Department pages to find a wealth of information. We have many programs that serve to improve the overall health and wellness of our residents. Our Wellness or WIC programs are a great place to start!

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