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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.

HOME VISITING: Breastfeeding to Solid Foods

July 18, 2017

There are so many firsts when it comes to having a baby! First time changing a diaper, first time breastfeeding, first smile. Eventually, it will be the first time for your baby to eat solid foods. Your baby will start to show signs that they are ready to eat solid foods.  Usually your baby will[…..]

HELP ME GROW: Summer Sun Safety

July 15, 2017

Summer is an exciting time for families! Adventures in the park. Playgrounds. A walk around the block. You and your little ones will spend a lot more time outdoors. No matter the type of quality time activity, being safe in the sun and staying healthy is important!  While a little vitamin D is good for[…..]

HEALTH EQUITY: Food Access

July 7, 2017

We all know that eating the right kinds of food helps maintain a healthy weight. It helps improve our mental health, makes us feel good, and gives us energy. Where we work, live, and play explains why some individuals are healthier than others. These conditions, known as the social determinants of health, address why some[…..]

HOME VISITING: All babies cry. Get to know your baby and how to soothe him/her

June 24, 2017

All babies cry. They cry when they’re hungry. They cry when they’re scared. They cry when they’re tired and they cry when they want to be held.  Crying is one of the few ways your baby can tell you what he or she is feeling. If they cry a lot it doesn’t mean you are[…..]

HEALTH EQUITY: Why should you care about Health Equity?

June 20, 2017

Why should you care about health equity? Well, for starters, health equity affects everyone! It means that everyone has a fair chance to be as healthy as they can be. It means breaking down barriers that “personal” factors like safety, housing, income, race and sex can create. Maintaining health equity means making sure everyone has[…..]

QT 30: Summer Splash: Water Fun

June 15, 2017

It’s time to take the fun outdoors!  Slather your baby in sunscreen, strap on a hat, and dress them up in light colored clothing. This summer, take advantage of the warm weather and spend quality time outside. Quality time, like outdoor play, contributes to healthy growth! Here are three easy outdoor activities to help your[…..]

SAFE SLEEP: Dads on Nap-time Duty

June 9, 2017

Dads – parenting will not be easy but your involvement is extremely important! One of the best things you can do as a father is follow the safe sleep rules. No, this is not just any other house rule. These rules are important to follow. These rules are simple steps to lower the risk of[…..]

Help Me Grow: I Want to Improve My Child’s Literacy Skills

May 30, 2017

You are your baby’s first teacher. Every day, your baby is watching your movements. They are watching what you do and copying it. You smile. They smile. Your baby is growing with your support. Everyday interactions help shape a smart child. Early introduction to language helps build reading and writing skills important for a successful[…..]

Home Visiting: Keep Your Baby Safe from Medications

May 26, 2017

Your baby is beginning to crawl. Look at them go! It is that special time when your little one is becoming more curious. He or she is ready to explore a whole new world. It could only take a few seconds for your child to get into a purse or a nightstand that stores medication.[…..]

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[…..]