The Issue: Babies at Their Natural Crying Peak
When babies reach 4–6 weeks of age, they hit their natural peak of crying. For some parents, the constant stress of a crying baby in the home is associated with symptoms of depression and lowered confidence in parenting. These issues can escalate, and in extreme cases, lead to shaking or harming the baby. To create a healthy home environment for the infant and to decrease family stress, parents may need support to face these new challenges.
The Campaign: Funding Visits to Families with Fussy Babies
If 15 people donate $10, then Fussy Baby Network can provide four home visits to families who have babies coping with crying, sleeping, and feeding challenges, thanks to matching donations from Kolcraft. Donations will be matched up to $1,500. Families who are visited by Fussy Baby Specialists often report a decrease in stress and maternal depression and an increase in their self-esteem as parents, leading to a healthy home environment for both parents and the new baby. Each additional $75 raised will fund another home visit.
All donations will be matched up to a $1,500 total by Kolcraft.
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Fussy Baby Network
Linda Gilkerson, a professor at Erikson Institute, founded the Fussy Baby Network to support families who were having difficulty with the crying, sleeping, and feeding challenges that a new baby can present. The innovative home-visit program supports any parent feeling stressed and depressed during the first months of the infant's life. To that end, she gathered social workers, counselors, psychologists, child-development specialists, and pediatricians to work together to ensure families have the most up-to-date knowledge for caring for a new baby.
Today, Fussy Baby Network, a program of the Erikson Institute, has helped more than 6,000 families in Cook County, responding to requests from parents having concerns with their infant’s excessive crying, sleeping, or feeding difficulties. A specialist will travel to parents’ homes and assist them in overcoming their specific challenges, including colic, feeding problems, and disrupted sleeping schedules. Specialists help to determine sleep schedules, reassure parents, and teach them how to communicate with their new children. Fussy Baby Network also provides mental-health and development screenings to detect if family members could benefit from additional therapy; it can then offer referrals to other professionals.
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