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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.

SAFE SLEEP: Room-sharing and bed-sharing. What’s the difference?

September 10, 2017

Babies love it when you hold them close. Parents feel most protective when baby is in their arms. When it’s naptime or bedtime most parents think about taking the baby into bed with them. This is known as bed-sharing. Parents are strongly encouraged, by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), to NOT share a bed[…..]

HELP ME GROW: From toothless grin to perfect smile. What to know about your baby’s first teeth

August 28, 2017

If you think your baby’s toothless grin is cute, just wait until their first few teeth make an appearance. Around six to twelve months of age, your baby will start teething. It’s an exciting time as a parent, but it can turn your baby’s smile upside down. Teething can cause him or her some pain,[…..]

HEALTH EQUITY: What are health disparities and what can you do to prevent them?

August 26, 2017

Health disparities can happen to anyone at any time in anyplace. A health disparity is when you experience a disadvantage or difference in access to health facilities and services because of your social, economic or environmental status. Now, what exactly does that mean? Let’s pull an example for each of these categories to better help[…..]

HOME VISITING: Communicating as a team

August 23, 2017

Every day is a new learning experience for new parents. Home visiting provides parents with information, support, and encouragement needed to raise a child in a positive environment. The program gives families the confidence to raise a healthy and smart baby. Your individual home visitor will also be around to guide you through feeding times,[…..]

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[…..]