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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.

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[…..]

DEVELOPMENTAL SCREENING: Understanding Your Baby’s Milestones

January 30, 2017

Developmental milestones, developmental screenings, developmental delays! You might have heard these words when speaking to another parent or while researching online. You know that they must be important, but what does it all mean for your child? Milestones are achievements that your child will reach at every age. They are the exciting actions you look[…..]

HOME VISITING: Home Visitors, the Sidekick Every Mom (and Dad) Needs!

January 28, 2017

Raising a child, especially a newborn, can be stressful for anyone. Many families struggling with poverty, depression or isolation are worried that they have to take on this life changing task alone. The Home Visitor program, established through Delaware Thrives, is here to help you, and families like yours, by offering guidance and support. Home[…..]

SAFE SLEEP: I’m Having Twins. Do the Rules Change?

January 20, 2017

In preparation for parenthood, you may have read up on what to expect during pregnancy and what to expect as a new parent. Breastfeeding, diaper changing, and immunizations are common topics of interest.  At some point, you have probably came across safe sleeping rules. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, all parents and caregivers[…..]

QT 30: Genius Ways to Get Your Kids to Eat More Fruits and Veggies

January 12, 2017

Do you have a picky eater in your house? Is getting your child to eat their fruits and vegetables a daily battle? Turn lunch, dinner or even snack time into a fun and educational experience for both you and your child. The good news is it isn’t impossible. The bad news is that it requires[…..]

2-1-1 HELP ME GROW: Gestational Diabetes

January 4, 2017

Take care of your body before and during pregnancy. The right diet and enough physical activity are important steps to take for yourself and your baby. During pregnancy, some women develop gestational diabetes. Gestational diabetes can develop even if you did not have diabetes before pregnancy. Women with gestational diabetes can still deliver a healthy,[…..]

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[…..]