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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: Encourage your child to get up and get moving!

August 17, 2017

Hey parents, grandparents, babysitters and friends, help the children in your life get up and move! Did you know that only 1 in 3 children are physically active? Let’s change that! Not being physically active is not an option. Research shows that children and teens spend more than 7 hours per day on devices like[…..]

SAFE SLEEP: Make sure you and your family know the rules of Safe Sleep

August 13, 2017

One of the most important rules to follow when you have a new baby is safe sleep. There are plenty of ways to make sure your baby sleeps safe. They are easy to follow and will help you and your baby sleep well at night!   Your baby should always sleep alone in a safe[…..]

QT 30: The importance of quality time with your child

July 27, 2017

There is a lot you can do to make sure your child gets a healthy start on life. It’s all about starting early. The first 1,000 days of a child’s life are a period of super-fast changes in their bodies, brains and emotions. A child’s growth in a short period of time is amazing. Even[…..]

SAFE SLEEP: Getting your baby’s crib ready

July 22, 2017

When you’re expecting there’s a long list of things to do. One of the exciting things to get ready for is setting up your baby’s crib! It’s important that your baby has a safe space to sleep in. Make sure you do your research in getting the right crib and setting up the room properly.[…..]

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[…..]