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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.

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DEVELOPMENTAL SCREENING: A Healthy Lifestyle for a Healthy Baby

December 26, 2016

Nutrition before pregnancy is important for mom and baby. It is essential that you are getting all the right nutrients and maintaining a healthy weight prior to pregnancy. It might be hard to ignore those delicious, but unhealthy, foods. Taking care of your body now is important to the health and well-being of your future[…..]

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SAFE SLEEP: Should I Be Concerned If My Baby Flips From Back to Stomach during Sleep

December 21, 2016

Sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) is the sudden death of an infant less than one year old that cannot be explained after medical examination. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that infants should always be placed in the back sleeping position to sleep. The exact cause of SIDS is unknown. Yet, there are safe sleep practices that[…..]

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QT-30: An Activity per Day Keeps the Doctor Away

December 15, 2016

Every day should be a quality time day. Quality time activities can range from reading as a family, to nature walks, to arts and crafts. Parents that interact with a child from birth promotes positive development. Build skills that your baby needs to reach specific milestones. Delaware Thrives recommends at least 30 minutes per day. […..]

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HELP ME GROW: How to find the right response when dealing with aggressive toddlers

December 6, 2016

Biting is becoming a common behavior among toddlers and it has a lot of parents worried. Where does this act of aggression come from? According to Zero to Three, many toddlers resort to biting to express strong feelings like anger or use this action as a way to tell someone they need space. As a[…..]

Spend 30 Minutes of Quality Time with Kids a Day

FROZEN FUN: Wintertime Outdoor Activities!

December 5, 2016

Do you spend at least 30 minutes of quality time with your kids a day? Focus on the quality of the time you spend with your kids. Not the quantity! Designate 30 minutes each day to spending quality time with your little ones. Your full attention should be on them! Give the gift of quality[…..]

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HOME VISITING: Get the Help You Need During the Journey through Parenthood

December 2, 2016

Who says parenting has to be hard? Sure, there is a lot to learn about parenting. The path you take during and after pregnancy will directly influence the future of your child. When you enroll in Delaware’s Home Visiting programs, you and your family will get the help you need during the journey through parenthood.[…..]

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DEVELOPMENTAL SCREENING: Three Year Developmental Milestones

November 28, 2016

Where has time gone? Your child is now three years old! At this age, your child should be talking, walking, responding, and playing. They have sprouted from a tiny infant into a talkative toddler. At three years old, your child should reach certain milestones that measure healthy growth and development. Important milestone areas to evaluate[…..]

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SAFE SLEEP: Setting Up Your Baby’s Crib

November 22, 2016

As a new parent, you may be extremely excited to design a space in your home for your new son or daughter. Stuffed animals, tiny pacifiers, soft blankets (to get you through the summer and winter) and other baby products consume a corner in the room. You may want the area to be comfortable and[…..]

How to Spend Quality Time AND Get Your Work Done

QT-30: How to Spend Quality Time AND Get Your Work Done

November 17, 2016

Spend at least 30 minutes with your child a day. Easy to say, but sometimes hard to do. The list of “To-Dos” never end. There is always a repeated cycle of laundry folding, dish cleaning, or other household chores to complete. Let’s face it— time is precious when you are a parent. Well, did you[…..]

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HOME VISITING: Get Baby Ready – Tips for a happy & healthy pregnancy

November 6, 2016

Are you expecting a little one? If yes, you might want to familiarize yourself with the Home Visiting program. It’s a free service that ensures a happy, healthy life transition by sending a home visitor to your home (or public space of choice) weekly or biweekly. The goal of these meetings are to help prepare[…..]