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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.

HELP ME GROW: Benefits of Unstructured Playtime

November 14, 2018

  Playtime. It is the source of laughter, excitement and good old fun. Yet, playtime is more than that. It is an important time for your growing child. Unstructured playtime gives your child the chance to learn through play. Every day your baby will learn something new. Playtime is the perfect time for them to[…..]

SAFE SLEEP POPULAR PRODUCT 3: Baby Sleeper

November 10, 2018

  It is always fun to get outside with your little one. You might be planning a trip to a barbecue. You could meet friends at the local park. Yet, the long day can wear your little one out. Before heading out, think about where you will be and how your baby can rest safely.[…..]

HELP ME GROW: A Curious Baby is a Healthy Baby

October 15, 2018

  A curious baby is a healthy baby. Curiosity means your baby is trying to learn how things work. Your baby will learn new things right away. Sitting, walking, or crawling to name a few! Your baby will also start to develop problem-solving skills.  This is the way a child thinks and makes decisions. It[…..]

HOME VISITING: More Than a Nurse

October 11, 2018

  Parenting can have many ups and downs. There are the good things, like seeing your baby smile for the first time. There are also the frustrations, like the potential of your baby not latching during breastfeeding. No one said caring for a baby was easy—even if you have a team of family or friends[…..]

HEALTH EQUITY: Create Healthy Communities

October 6, 2018

Where we live can greatly affect our health. It can increase our risk of health problems. It can make our health problems worse. People diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes face challenges when managing their disease. This is partially because of health inequities.  You might think that the only barrier to being healthy is not having[…..]

SAFE SLEEP POPULAR PRODUCT 2: Baby Sleeper

September 27, 2018

Convenience is key when you are a new parent. You have a lot to get done when you have a baby, while balancing your work and home life. That’s why sleeping products like baby sleepers that help keep your child happy are popular. Products like these often allow your little one to play with a[…..]

HOME VISITING: Breastfeeding and Marijuana Use

September 19, 2018

Just once or on occasion is a big NO when it comes to marijuana use. No amount of marijuana is safe to use during pregnancy or after breastfeeding. You can still pass the harmful substance to your baby through breast milk.  Although the use of medical marijuana is legal in Delaware, marijuana use in any[…..]

HELP ME GROW: Outdoor Summer Fun With Your Child

September 16, 2018

  Summer is a great chance to keep your kids active. Show them how great it is to be outside by using our QT30 activities! QT30 is quality time you spend with your kids for 30 minutes a day. These 30 minutes can be filled with activities that are fun, educational, and help engage their[…..]

HEALTH EQUITY: How Health Equity Benefits Our Communities

September 7, 2018

  Health equity means that everyone has a fair and just opportunity to be as healthy as possible, and is something we should strive for as a society. We all want to live our healthiest and happiest lives. We all want access to good food, health care, and safe spaces to live. That’s why it’s[…..]

SAFE SLEEP: Popular Sleeping Products Review

August 25, 2018

Being a new parent is an exciting time. It can also be overwhelming. Seeing different kinds of products like strollers, toys, and sleeping products for your baby can be confusing. While some products may look nice and comfortable, you should always consider the safety factor. The most popular items on the market are not always[…..]