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UNL Extension's BeefWatch

Check out the latest issue of UNL BeefWatch Newsletter. newsletter, designed to assist Beef producers and professionals. You may subscribe to receive this newsletter in your email and view the latest summaries on beef industry issues at http://Beef.UNL.edu 

CropWatch Newslettercropwatchlogo

UNL Extension cropping system experts discuss the latest updates on cropping issues in Nebraska such as appearance of Pythium in corn and soybeans, wheat disease updates, and a new UNL climate app. During the growing season, each weeks CropWatch newsletter is posted on Fridays at http://cropwatch.unl.edu/

Acreage Insights e-News


The Acreage Insights e-News, published by UNL Extension Acreage team, is a monthly electronic newsletter providing acreage owners with timely information to better manage their rural living environment. Click here to subscribe to this newsletter or check out the team's Acreage Insight web resources (http://acreage.unl.edu/).

UNL Extension's Hort Update

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An email newsletter designed to assist horticulture professionals and Extension staff with seasonal environmental topics for lawns, trees and shrubs, landscape ornamentals, fruits and vegetables, and miscellaneous items.  Share with your colleagues and friends Hort Update,  Visit our web site for archived issues .

Educational Program Resources for Communities (Free)Community1

As a leader in your community, often you are asked to present a program to club meetings, civic groups or professional organizations. Finding information for such a program and then organizing it can be challenging and time consuming. Look no further!

Faculty from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension are providing you research-based, educational program resources free-of-charge. Information in each program is based on research from educational institutions around the world. The programs listed reflect the variety of topics which our clientele cite as issues within their communities. Congratulations on leading your organization to a greater understanding of these priorities!  For lessons....


The ABC's of Baby Zzzzs!

Did you know that sleep is the primary activity of the brain during early development? As a matter of fact, sleep is a critical part of a baby's healthy growth and development; especially a baby's mental and physical health. So what are the healthy sleep patterns for infants? How long should your baby be sleeping?
Typically newborns will sleep between 10.5-18 hours a day. Their sleep cycle is irregular and usually depends upon their need to be nurtured, changed or fed. By six months of age, nighttime feedings are usually not needed and therefore infants sleep through the night (9-12 hours). The following are a few sleep tips all parents should consider as your baby catches his or her daytime or nighttime ZZZs.

Sleep Tips for Newborns
• Put baby in crib when sleepy NOT asleep. They'll eventually learn how to get themselves to sleep
• Encourage nighttime sleep by playing with baby and introducing them to light and noise during the day while they are awake
• Take note of baby's sleep patterns and signs of sleepiness (rubbing eyes, crying, fussing)
• Always place baby on back to sleep. Be sure baby's head is clear of blankets or other soft objects to help prevent Sudden Unexpected Infant Death (SUID)

Sleep tips for Infants (3-11 months)
• Create an enjoyable and consistent bedtime routine (song, bath, pajamas, book reading)
• Develop a 'sleep friendly' environment free of noise, toys and other distractions (grandmothers included!)
• Try to avoid irregular daytime and bedtime schedules
• Put baby down to sleep when drowsy to encourage baby to become a 'self soother' and to fall asleep independently.

The most important sleep tip for parents is to explore the following resources to learn more about healthy sleep and its benefits for you and your baby:
American Academy of Pediatrics
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
National Sleep Foundation

Heraghty, J. L., Hilliard, T. N., Henderson, A. J., & Fleming, P. J. (2008). The
physiology of sleep in in¬fants. Arch Dis Child, 93, 982-985.
National Sleep Foundation (2013). Children and Sleep.

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Author:  Dr. Tonia Durden, Nebraska Extension - The Learning Child


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Extension Webcasts

Market Journal logoMarket Journal
Provides current grain/livestock market commentary and analysis; weather, climate, and soil moisture updates; practical advice from seasoned, working producers; and more.

BYF logo Backyard Farmer
View entire episodes or search for answers to your plant, yard, and insect problems. Watch Backyard Farmer live on NET1 April to mid September (Thursday, 7:00 pm CT). 

Ag Almanac logo Ag Almanac
Audio and video interviews with University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension specialists and educators on topics ranging from crop and livestock production to health and nutrition to lawn and garden care, and more.