How do you know if your child’s development is on the right track?

Are there local resources your family can be using? What resources and support systems are available for new families?

Answers to those questions are available at this weekend’s Cowley County Community-Wide Baby Shower.

This educational event is hosted by Breastfeeding Advocates of Cowley County, a countywide coalition.

The free event will be from 9 a.m. to noon Oct. 13 at Cowley College’s Brown Center, located at 215 S. Second St. in Arkansas City.

All expecting and new families are invited to participate and encouraged to stay for the entire program.

A variety of educational workshops will be available and participants can choose to attend multiple sessions.

Topics include safe sleep, child development, newborn care, postpartum depression and infant CPR.

Additional sessions will be available regarding breastfeeding, doula services, the “magic of the first hour” and Family Life Services.

I will be featuring a session about healthy snacks and finger foods for moms, dads, and little ones with research-based resources from K-State Research and Extension. Here’s a preview of my session:

  • Most eating habits are learned in childhood. Your habits affect food choices and your health throughout your life. To help develop (or reinforce) good eating habits, follow the following tips.
  • Plan regular mealtimes and snack times. Limit eating or drinking in between these times.
  • Serve meals when your child is not tired.
  • Eat family meals together. It provides security for children, and is a time for kids to see what and how you eat.
  • Keep the television off during mealtime.
  • Make mealtime happy.
  • Serve foods with bright colors, mild flavors and a variety of textures.
  • Pay attention to your child when his or her mealtime behavior is desirable. Behavior that is rewarded is repeated.
  • Have healthy foods ready and prepared for quick snacks.
  • Comfort and reward with love and attention, not with food.

Plan to attend this weekend’s event for great educational sessions and a chance to win fun door prizes.

For more information, call K-State Research and Extension at (620) 221-5450.

This information was provided by K-State Research and Extension Agent Becky Reid.