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University of Colorado System

Guidance to Keep Newborn Babies Safe and Healthy

University of Colorado System via Coursera


In your previous 2 courses, you learned some medical interventions and skills to keep newborns healthy in the days and weeks after they have been born.  In this course, you will learn some key things that parents will need to do to keep their babies safe and healthy. The Guidance to Keep Newborn Babies Safe and Healthy Course will teach you best practices for how your baby will spend most of their day: eating, sleeping, and sometimes crying. Parents need to understand how to optimize nutrition, how to create a safe and happy sleep environment, how to safely transport their baby in their car, and how to respond to their baby’s crying.

A newborn baby is an amazing beautiful life filled with hope.  There is so much that goes into making sure that babies are born healthy, and so much more to think about after they are born.  Whether you are in the health care field, or even a parent, this course is the perfect educational opportunity for you to keep newborn babies healthy in the days and weeks after they are born!


  • Safe Newborn Sleep
    • In this module, we will talk all things infant sleep. The videos will cover what to expect with regard to infant sleep in the first month of life and ways to support and improve infant sleep. We will also review recommendations for safe sleep in infancy, including how to talk with parents about safe sleep and answer common questions.
    • In this module, we will learn about child passenger safety for infants and young children. This module will cover basic child passenger safety information and provide some tips to educate caregivers on the correct use of car seats, best practice recommendations, and where to find resources in their community to support transporting a child safely.
    • In this module we will learn about temperament which is a way of understanding how a person approaches the world. The module also encourages the learner to consider how different temperamental styles interact and how this can impact the parent-child relationship. The module will review typical infant crying, the importance of coregulation, and strategies for soothing a fussy baby.
    • In this module we will help you learn about how to support and advocate for breastfeeding. Breastfeeding has many benefits for mother and baby but unfortunately mothers experience challenging in the early weeks. Key questions can help you figure out what issues need to be addressed. Sore nipples and worries about low milk are main concerns in terms of breastfeeding the early weeks. We will teach you about how to manage engorgement, sleepy feedings, tongue tie and mastitis. Return to work or school can be another obstacle to breastfeeding duration so we will offer some strategies to help you support mothers.

Taught by

Christine Gold, Mary Kohn, MD and Daniel Nicklas


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4.8 rating at Coursera based on 194 ratings

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  • As a medical student, I learned a lot of uniquely new concepts and recommendations from this course. I think that most of the content of this offering, while extremely important, are not given proper attention for pediatric teaching purposes and, at best, only mentioned in passing. The material is particularly relevant to caregivers as they will face these issues most likely in the physical absence of a medical professional.

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