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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- Copy Kitten: Following a Parent’s Lead

October 30, 2013

As your child grows and develops, you should notice that they start to follow your lead. As an infant, this may be as simple as breastfeeding. When your baby is older, they will begin to mimic small actions, such as using utensils to eat. Problem solving skills evolve with time, from imitation as a toddler,[…..]

Safe Sleep: Smoke Free Environment

October 23, 2013

If you have a new baby and you or someone in your home smokes, there’s no better time than to quit right now. There should be no smoking around your baby. Ever. Babies exposed to secondhand smoke are two to three times more likely to die from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and other sleep related[…..]

Safe Sleep: Pacifiers

October 16, 2013

There’s a lot of information on both sides of the pacifier. But, most doctors and nurses agree that babies who comfort themselves by sucking can find a pacifier very soothing at bedtime. Moms who are breastfeeding should wait until their babies are at least a month old and they know that the breastfeeding is taking[…..]

Help Me Grow: The Roots of Help Me Grow

October 9, 2013

Help Me Grow originated in Hartford, Connecticut in 1998 and became a statewide program in 2002 due to its efficiency. Since the program’s founding, it has spread nationwide to 18 affiliate states. Help Me Grow was founded on the assumption that children who were at risk for developmental and behavioral problems were escaping early detection.[…..]

Help Me Grow: Four Core COMPONENTS of the Help Me Grow Program

October 2, 2013

 Four Core COMPONENTS of the Help Me Grow Program What makes the Help Me Grow system so effective that it has been replicated in 17 states? The ingredients for success are its four core components, physician outreach, community outreach, a centralized call center, and data collection. These are critical in order for the Help Me[…..]