Bundles of knowledge given to parents-to-be

CANNON AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. -- Approximately 50 moms-to-be and a handful of dads-to-be attended Bundles for Babies at the Airman and Family Readiness Center Jan. 18. Many are looking forward to the birth of their first baby, some are expecting twins and a few are second time parents. Most are due around March.

All were ready to participate in the two-and-a-half hour class which teaches how to swaddle a baby, how to quiet a crying baby and gives information about resources on base to help parents with their newborn. Participants also receive a bundle pack filled with towels, washcloths, receiving blankets, burp cloths and more. These packs, worth about $75, are purchased and then donated by the Air Force Aid Society. Drawings for door-prizes including handmade quilts, embroidered burp cloths and padded fabric books add to the fun.
Working with Bundles for Babies and helping families during their pregnancy and the newborn stage are some of the things Kayla Peel, 27th Medical Group, enjoys about her job. During a home visit, Mrs. Peel can look at the equipment and layette for the baby and give direction toward best choices in purchasing the needed items. She also has videos and Cds for loan to new parents.
Mrs. Peel said that classes like Bundles for Babies are important for Air Force families, because they are often away from family members who can help them with the new baby. She said many moms are looking to receive the imaginary "Mother of the Year" award, but feel they don't qualify if they must ask for help. In base classes, new parents meet other new parents and can gain a support system through these relationships.

Upcoming classes for parents-to-be:

Caring for baby's umbilical cord -- today;
Dad's class -- Feb. 9 (dads receive a four day pass for attending this class);
Breastfeeding class -- March 13