Yesterday we went to a newborn care class. I think that we have both read enough that we were familiar with a number of things that they went over, but there were a few new things. One thing they mentioned is that all newborns have a startle reflex called the Moro reflex and they basically bring their arms up all of a sudden. I guess many parents have mistaken this startle for their newborn having a seizure.
The other thing is they give you a DVD of "The Happiest Baby on the Block", which covers some good soothing techniques to calm a newborn. It also demonstrates how to swaddle a baby so they feel secure. All good things to know.
We were hopeful that we might meet some expectant parents, but the other couples in the class were extremely quiet. Maybe the husbands were all just hoping to get home in time to see the championship football games.