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Video for New Parents Advises: Begin with Love

6/1/2001:   Babies donít come with instruction manuals, but the video Begin with Love, narrated by Oprah Winfrey and featuring Dr. Kyle Pruett, can help new parents cope and babies thrive. A Spanish version, Empieza con Amor," is also available. Based on the latest research in early childhood development, the video focuses on the importance of the parent-infant relationship during the first three months of life and highlights five guidelines to help all new parents create a responsive and enriching environment for their babies:

  • Take care of yourself so you can care for your baby.

  • Provide a warm and loving environment.

  • Talk, sing, and read to your baby.

  • Create a predictable world for your baby.

  • Understand and respond to your babyís needs.

Over 3.6 million new parents have received the video through the Parenting Group. Other sponsors include Ronald McDonald House Charities, drugstore.com, Zero to Three, and The Harris Foundation. The video was produced by the Civitas Initiative, a nonprofit communication group that develops educational tools for the community of adults who care for children.

Harpo Entertainment Group, chaired by Oprah Winfrey, is providing production expertise and facilities for this and later videos and other materials for grandparents, fathers of children ages 0 to 6, and child development in the first three years of life.

For additional information on the experts, families in the video, and sponsors; a quiz on knowledge about infant development; and how to order the video, go to http://www.beginwithlove.com or to http://www.empiezaconamor.com for the Spanish version.

For additional resources on parenting, visit http://www.cwla.org/positiveparenting/

Content contributed by Heather Banks, Editor

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