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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: 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[…..]

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[…..]

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. […..]

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[…..]

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[…..]