Newborn and Toddler
Your newborn or toddler will keep you busy from morning to night! Keeping them happy, healthy and occupied is a full-time job. We want to help with that, so we have listed some resources that we think are great.
Your Child's Growth and Development
Babies grow and develop at different rates, but it is helpful to know what is typical for each stage, so that you can observe your baby for any areas where he might be lagging and address them with your pediatrician.
The Family Development Guide is a booklet available in English, Creole and Spanish from the Florida Department of Children and Families. It provides up to date information on child development, parenting and safety for children from birth through the teen years. It also includes a directory of national and statewide resources for family support. You can download a copy for yourself using the link above. You may also download a copy for electronic devices.
If you have concerns about your child's development, who can you call for assistance?
Child Find, from the Florida Diagnostic and Resources System (FDLRS), conducts screenings for children from birth to age 5. They have screenings in the areas of communication, motor development, visions, hearing, and school readiness skills. There is NO CHARGE for their services.
FDLRS Child Find, in coordination with school districts, locates children who are potentially eligible for services under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and links them with needed services.
FDLRS-South, Main Campus
6521 SW 62nd Ave
Miami, Fl, 33143
305.274.3501 - Main Line
305.598.7752 - Fax
FDLRS-South Monroe County
255 Crane Boulevard
Sugarloaf, FL 33042
305.293.1646 - Main Line
305.293.1485 - Fax
Childhood immunizations prevent diseases that can have lifelong consequences. The CDC immunization schedule (below) includes information about vaccine-preventable diseases and the symptoms and possible complications if you choose not to vaccinate your children. In addition to putting your own children at risk for preventable diseases, choosing not to immunize them puts at risk immune-deficient children with whom your children have contact. For these reasons, FKHSC and Florida Health of Monroe County recommend immunizing your children.
The Florida Health web site has quite a bit of information regarding immunizations, including requirements of schools and day cares, information about baby shots in English, Spanish and Creole, and a printable form to track your child's immunizations.
Click on the links below to find recommended immunizations schedules. Visit the CDC web site for information on immunizations for everyone and lots more information about childhood immunizations, including information in Spanish.
American Association of Pediatrics
Click here to go to the American Association of Pediatrics' web site. There you will find lots of information, resources, tools and tips about your children, from conception through age 18.
La Asociación Americana de Pediatría ofrece un sitio de Internet en español. Aquí, encontrará información sobre variados temas, recursos, herramientas y consejos para asistir a sus hijos, desde la concepción hasta los 18 años.
Lower Keys Medical Center Childbirth Education Programs
The birth of a baby is an exciting and life-changing experience. Lower Keys Medical Center is committed to helping you during this special time through quality maternity care, and special programs and support. Their family-centered approach helps you understand as much as possible about the physical and emotional changes that occur during pregnancy, birth, and parenthood. The labor support partner is strongly encouraged to attend.
You must register to attend this class. This is an intense class and one of the most important of the educational series...click here to go the LKMC web site for this class.
Newborn Support Class
Lower Keys Medical Center offers Newborn Support classes. They will offer dolls to practice on. This is very informal...click here to go to the LKMC web site for this class.
Language and Speech Development
FIRST WORDS Project is a research investigation in the Florida State University Autism Institute. Their major goal is to identify early signs of developmental language disorders, autism spectrum disorder, and other communication delays in children from 9 to 24 months of age. Their website has resources to help families support their child’s development and aid in the early detection of communication problems, so families can access intervention services sooner.
Safe to Sleep Campaign
Nearly 4,000 infants die suddenly and unexpectedly each year in the United States. Most of these deaths result from sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) and other sleep-related causes of infant death, such as accidental suffocation.
The mission of the national Safe to Sleep® campaign is to educate parents, caregivers, and health care providers about ways to reduce the risk of SIDS and other sleep-related causes of infant death.
Keyways to reduce the risk of SIDS and other sleep-related causes of infant death include:
Always place your baby on his or her back to sleep, for naps and at night.
Use a firm sleep surface with a fitted sheet, free from soft objects such as pillows, toys, blankets, and crib bumpers.
Room share—keep the baby’s sleep area separate, but in the same room where parents sleep.
Since the Safe to Sleep® campaign began in 1994 (then known as Back to Sleep) the overall U.S. SIDS rate has declined by 50% across all racial/ethnic groups!
Help us spread the word about safe infant sleep so that these rates continue to decline. Please visit the web site of The Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) for more information and resources.
Playgroups & Activities
Looking for something fun to do for you and your baby? There are quite a few activities available for you. Please check our Playgroups and Activities page for details. You can also check our Upcoming Events Calendar on our News and Events page.
Most of the Monroe County Libraries have summer programs for children. Their events are listed on the county library website; simply click on your library at the top and view their events. Key West events are listed here.