“Happiest Baby” and “Happiest Toddler” classes, co-sponsored by the HSHS St. Joseph Breese Women & Infants Center and Community Link’s First Step Program in Breese, have been announced for spring, 2017.

Sessions are scheduled on Tuesday evenings from 6 to 8 p.m. on alternating months at St. Joseph Hospital’s HealthPlex, which is north of the hospital on Jamestown Road. This building also houses the Clinton County YMCA.

The material in these courses is from books written by pediatrician and child development specialist Harvey Karp, MD. Techniques taught, when performed correctly, almost instantly comfort and soothe children, and save adults from frustration and lost sleep.

“Happiest Baby” gives parents and caregivers a framework for understanding newborn behavior and provides proven and immediate strategies for soothing fussing infants from 1 to 3 months of age. This class is for soon-to-be parents, new parents, grandparents and caregivers. Parents are invited to bring infants to class. The next session will be held Tuesday, May 2, and registration is due April 26.

“Happiest Toddler” offers techniques to help parents and caregivers improve communication and reduce tantrums in toddlers 8 months to 4 years of age. Imagine avoiding the “terrible twos” altogether! Learn to help children feel loved and respected, which is then reflected in their relationship with adults. Happy kids become happier with boosted patience, confidence and cooperation. The next session is Tuesday, June 6, and registration is required by May 31. Children should not attend.

For more information and to register, call 526-3961 at least one week before the class you plan to attend.

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