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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.

Safe Sleep: Supervised Awake Tummy Time

November 27, 2013

Your baby can benefit from a little supervised tummy time each day to support healthy muscle development. Place a blanket on the floor and put your baby on top of the blanket on her stomach. Encourage her to lift her head and look around the room or at toys that you hold out for her[…..]

2-1-1 Help Me Grow: Communicating Wants and Needs

November 20, 2013

If your baby is hungry or their diaper is wet, they will cry to get your attention. Over time, they learn to listen and understand your words, and begin to form words of their own.  Communication is not only verbal; it is physical as well. Eye contact and motions can often indicate if your child[…..]

Safe Sleep: Back To Sleep for Every Sleep

November 13, 2013

For many years, there was a great deal of debate among experts about whether babies should sleep on their backs or their stomachs. In the past two decades or so, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends babies be placed back to sleep for every sleep. In fact, since the landmark “Back to Sleep” campaign started[…..]

Safe Sleep: Safe Cribs

November 7, 2013

In addition to following the Safe Sleep guidelines, you should make sure that you have a crib, bassinet or pack and play that meets current safety standards. Outdated or unapproved cribs can create a dangerous environment for a baby. Only purchase a crib that has been approved by the Consumer Product Safety Commission. Then, follow[…..]

Safe Sleep: Rules for Caregivers

November 6, 2013

If you are fortunate to have a relative, trusted babysitter or child care provider who looks after your baby while you’re not there, make sure they know exactly how to create a safe sleeping environment for your baby. If these people are putting your baby to bed for the night or even just for a[…..]