Baby Care Class

This page is for those who are taking our Babycare PLUS class and/or our Breastfeeding Class. Please look at the links below for class handouts and more information on topics covered in these classes.

Babycare PLUS Class

Our Babycare PLUS Classes are either held on a Saturday from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. or on a weeknight 6:30-9:30 pm x 2 consecutive weeks (2 Tuesdays, 2 Wednesdays, or 2 Thursdays).  If you have already purchased a car seat, please bring it to the Saturday class or on the second night of weeknight classes, so that you can practice buckling in a baby correctly in YOUR seat.  However, you do not need to purchase your car seat prior to this class--we have several seats for practice if you have not yet purchased one.

Class Outline:  We will cover newborn procedures in the hospital, correctly holding a baby, normal stools and diapering, bathing, dressing & laundry, comforting a fussy baby, well-baby and sick-baby doctor visits, Sudden-Infant-Death Syndrome (SIDS), Shaken-Baby Syndrome, safety for your baby, Infant CPR (with take-home kit), and car seat safety for a newborn.

Handouts and links for more information:

Newborn appearance, conditions, & tests: 

Newborn care:

Safety issues:

Car Seat Safety:

  • What is the Best Car Seat to buy for Baby? (article by Kim Wilschek, Safety-Squad) 
  • Car Seat Safety Guide (American Academy of Pediatrics)
  • Car Seat Safety articles by
  • Car Seat Installation videos (Children's Hospital of Philadelphia)
  • To search for a Car Seat Safety Inspection Station near you, click here.  For a list of car seat safety checkup events, click here or call Michelle Kistulinec at the Illinois State Police 630-241-6800 (extension 5009) and leave a message.
  • For printable carseat Emergency ID labels, click here.

Preterm Infant:


Breastfeeding Class

Breast Pumps:  The type of breast pump you need will depend on the amount of pumping you plan to do.  If you are a stay-at-home mom and only want to pump to be able to give an occasional bottle, a hand pump or battery operated pump may be sufficient for your needs.  If you plan to return to work and pump while at work to keep up your supply of breastmilk, you will need a personal electric pump or a hospital-grade breast pump.  You'll learn more about pumping in our Breastfeeding Class.  You can also make an appointment with our Breastfeeding Center (630-527-3238) to discuss breastfeeding and pumping. [Check with your insurance company to see how the purchase or rental of breastpumps and breastfeeding supplies are covered.  Your insurance company should also cover consultations with lactation consultants, but check to see if there are certain requirements such as a doctor's order.]

  • Ameda Hospital-grade breast pumps can be rented by the day from our Breastfeeding Center (630-527-3238) or call the Mother/Baby unit at 630-527-6920.
  • Personal-use electric breast pumps (Ameda Purely Yours) can be purchased (comparably priced to local stores) from our Essentials gift shop.  Look for a 10% off coupon in your Breastfeeding class.  For more information and a description of the pumps and supplies available, click here.

Did you miss a class?  If you missed a class that you had signed up for (due to illness or bad weather), please email me ( to see if we can get you into a make-up class.  Susan Bard