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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: 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[…..]

DEVELOPMENTAL SCREENING: How to Find Developmental Screenings near You

DEVELOPMENTAL SCREENING: How to Find Developmental Screenings near You

February 13, 2017

Developmental milestones are clues that your child’s growth is on track. The way they listen, talk, move, behave and learn at certain ages are big milestones. Every parent should know, track and ask doctors about developmental milestones. It’s the key to a healthy start in life. Developmental screening is a way for your doctor to[…..]

Quality Time Activity

QT30: The Perfect Heart Art

February 9, 2017

Every day that you spend with your child they learn and grow. The simplest activities can lead to a happy and healthy life for your child. The first 1000 days of your child’s life fly by, but how those days are spent will determine your child’s behavior and success in school. February is the month[…..]

Home Visiting: Special Resources

HOME VISITING: A Special Resource for Mother, Family and Baby

February 5, 2017

If you are pregnant, know that it is alright to ask for support. Becoming a parent can be a rewarding experience as well as an overwhelming one. Home Visiting is a program that can help you learn effective parenting techniques and practices for your child to thrive. Your home visitor will provide an educational experience[…..]

SPREAD LOVE: VALENTINE’S DAY CRAFTS (QT 30 ACTIVITIES)

January 30, 2017

  Make your kids feel extra special this Valentine’s Day. Spend at least 30 minutes of quality time with your little ones on Valentine’s Day and every day. Did you know just 30 minutes of quality time can give your kids a head start in life? The first 1,000 days of a child’s life are[…..]