Parenting can be a tough hands-on learning experience; one that can be too much for some first-time moms and dads.
In order to make sure infants are safe and well-cared for home advisers with the Healthy Start Program are again taking their help where it is needed most.
Bridgette Olsen's life changed just over three months ago.
"My life has changed a lot. At first it was just me and my boyfriend. Now I have these two bundles of joy," said Olsen.
One baby can be a handful, especially for new parents, so with two on her hands Bridgette enrolled in the Healthy Start Program called Hanalike.
"We work with families that are dealing with some stressers, which could be related to single parents, mental health issues or housing, finances," said Gracie Suaglar of Hanalike Home Advisory.
For Bridgette, her biggest challenge is just finding time to also take care of herself.
"Always watching out for their cleanliness and food and happiness, and then taking care of mom so I can be the best mother I can be," said Olsen.
Other parents may have difficulty dealing with babies that are sick or may simply become overwhelmed because they don't know what resources are available to them.
With all the feedings and diaper changes, it can be easy for new parents to miss out on an important aspect of their infant's development: communication.
"Sometimes parents don't understand a baby's cries, so what happens is they tend to neglect or it becomes very stressful in those situations," said Suaglar
Through home visits home advisers help answer questions from moms and dads to help them be a good parent and prevent future problems.
"By giving these skills and knowledge and skills to parents, we find it reduces the risk of child abuse and child neglect," said Suaglar.
Funding for the Healthy Start Program had been cut nearly five years ago, but was restarted in January. That's just in time to make sure Malakai and his sister, Patsy Jane, get the best care they can from their mom.
"She's got all the skills to teach me to be that good mom I want to be," said Olsen.
The program works with parents of newborns and up.
The Hanalike program is free through Parents and Children Together to families that need it.