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The blog is a forum for sharing news, opinions and best practices related to maternal and infant health, early child development, healthy families and healthy communities in Delaware.

QT30: Colorific Fun for Five-Year-Olds!

May 18, 2017

The first five years of a child’s life have a huge impact on their future successes and well-being. Children’s experiences during their first years help shape their life later on. What your child learns during their first years depends on what you teach them as you are their first ever teacher. These lessons don’t have[…..]

SAFE SLEEP: Help Your Child Develop Healthy Sleep Habits

May 10, 2017

We all know the challenges that come when you say these 4 little words, “It’s time for bed”, but did you know there are simple steps you can take to make bedtime less of a struggle? One of the easiest ways to develop healthy sleep habits is by keeping a routine. Having a routine means[…..]

Health Equity: What’s Teeth Got To Do With It?

May 6, 2017

Health equity is about making health available to everyone regardless of differences. A healthy life not only makes us feel better, but also allows us to achieve more in life. Where you live, work, learn, and play contributes to your overall health. Everyone deserves good health. And with good health comes good teeth! Healthy teeth[…..]

HEALTH EQUITY: What is Health Equity?

April 29, 2017

Health equity means that everyone has a fair chance to be as healthy as they can be. It means breaking down barriers that “place” and “personal” factors like safety, housing, income, race and sex can create. Health equity means that everyone, at any time and in any place, can work for better health for all.[…..]

QT30: Music Matters

April 20, 2017

Get your baby movin’ and groovin’! Music can be a fun, joyous way to spend quality time with your little one. Sing along to your favorite songs or dance around the living room. Collect pots, pans, plastic bowls, spoons and spatulas from your kitchen. Set up a drum station for your baby. Sing a song,[…..]

SAFE SLEEP: The Best Baby Shower Gift to Receive

April 11, 2017

Baby showers are a time to celebrate mom-to-be and baby! Family and friends gather to share parenting advice and help the new mom prepare for baby. Moms receive baby-welcoming gifts from cute tiny clothes, to soft bath towels and everyday accessories. The best present you can give a new mom is the knowledge of safe sleep.[…..]

2-1-1 HELP ME GROW: Your Baby’s Kicks Count!

April 9, 2017

Did you know your baby’s kicks are telling you something? Counting kicks during every pregnancy is important. It helps you monitor your baby’s health and may help to prevent stillbirth. You should keep track of your baby’s kicks when you hit your 24th week of pregnancy. It’s important to know what times are best to[…..]

HOME VISITING: Are You Experiencing Postpartum Depression? A Home Visitor Can Help!

April 5, 2017

Postpartum depression (PPD) affects 1 out of 7 new moms. It’s a strong feelings of sadness that can last for a long time. This sadness can make it hard for you to take care of your baby. PPD can happen in the weeks following childbirth. The most important thing to remember if you have PPD[…..]

2-1-1 HELP ME GROW: Kick Start Your Baby’s Development by Talking to Them!

2-1-1 HELP ME GROW: Kick Start Your Baby’s Development by Talking to Them!

February 24, 2017

Even before your child’s first words, they will develop their own unique way of communicating with you. As soon as your child is born start talking, singing and rhyming about anything and everything. Even before they walk or talk, babies learn by what they see, hear and feel. According to Zero to Three, most babies[…..]

SAFE SLEEP: Is a Soft or Firm Mattress Better for Babies?

SAFE SLEEP: Is a Soft or Firm Mattress Better for Babies?

February 18, 2017

Your baby will spend most of their time sleeping the first few months after birth. When looking for the best baby mattress, there is no doubt that you will want to choose a soft sleep surface. A soft mattress gives the impression that your baby will sleep better. You might be thinking that a comfortable[…..]