The baby Care Study: Online Support for New Parents
This study is recruiting first-time parents and will focus on caring for a new baby. The study will test whether an online program promoting infant sleep can improve the sleep of young infants. It will also look at other effects such as infant feeding and parent well-being.
All study activities take place online and involve completing 4 online surveys over 6 months. Surveys will include questions about parental and baby health, well-being, and daily activities. Participating families will also receive baby care tips in a social media support group (for example: videos, tip sheets, opportunities to interact with other parents), baby products, and a parenting e-book.
The objective of this study is to provide pilot data on the feasibility and effectiveness of a web-based social networking intervention designed to promote sleep early in infancy and to explore the potential for this approach to promote healthy feeding routines, eating behaviors, and weight outcomes in subsequent larger-scale intervention research. First-time parents will be recruited (n=66) and randomized to an 8-week web-based social networking sleep intervention or general baby care control group with interventions beginning at infant age 8 weeks. Parents will complete online surveys, with research questions including: 1) whether the sleep intervention leads to longer nighttime and total sleep duration and decreased night waking among infants and 2) longer infant sleep bouts and improved parent sleep duration, stress, parenting efficacy, and parenting satisfaction. We will also examine infants routines, feeding and eating behaviors, and emotion regulation to inform the application of this approach for childhood obesity prevention. The pilot research will provide insights into intervention feasibility, effects on infant sleep, and potential impacts on feeding and eating outcomes, informing our next steps.
Compensation may include cash, checks, gift cards, debit cards, or incentives like gift baskets, technology items, or merchandise.
-Must be 18 or more years old
-First-time parent of a newborn under 4 weeks old (or expecting first baby soon)
-Must have online access (i.e. able to complete online surveys and access social media)
-Must be fluent in English
-Must be interested in receiving support and tips about aspects of caring for your new baby
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