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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: My Baby Rolled Over During Sleep. Is That Safe?

August 28, 2019

There will be times when parenting is hard. There is a lot of information on baby care. There are many different opinions on how to care for an infant. Babies need you to care for them. Trusted sources and home visitors know best.  You should always follow the most up to date recommendations by trusted[…..]

SAFE SLEEP – Safe Sleep Safety

March 25, 2019

New babies are fussy. It is a struggle to get them to sleep. You want to make sure they are as comfortable as possible. You become tempted to put them in your bed. This is not what is best for you or your baby. Sleep well and sleep safe when you follow the safe sleep[…..]

SAFE SLEEP – KEEP YOUR GRANDBABY SAFE

January 28, 2019

Let us face the truth! Grandparents love their grandchild — probably just as much as you do. They love their little toes and fingers. They love their smiles. A relationship between a grandparent and a grandchild is special. They will do anything to keep the little one safe. That is why it is important for[…..]

SAFE SLEEP: Choosing the Best Sleep Surface for Your Baby

April 16, 2018

Your baby will spend most of their time sleeping the first few months after birth. When looking for the best baby mattress, there is no doubt that you will want to choose a soft sleep surface. A soft mattress gives the impression that your baby will sleep better. You might be thinking that a comfortable[…..]

HOME VISITING: Preparing for your new baby

January 29, 2018

Getting ready to welcome a new baby is very exciting! You are preparing to get to know your little one. When it comes to preparation, there is a lot to think about. All the information you read can get overwhelming. That’s why a home visitor can be a great help. Home visiting is a free[…..]

SAFE SLEEP: Substance abuse and your baby’s safety

January 26, 2018

You may think drugs are something you will never struggle with, but addiction has no boundaries. According to the CDC, opioid addiction is on the rise. Opioids are often given as a prescription pain killer, but they are very addictive, especially when taken for long periods of time.  Long-term treatment with opioids may increase the[…..]

SAFE SLEEP: Bedtime routine

October 23, 2017

When your baby is crying at night, figuring out what is wrong is the only thing you want to do as a parent. Help your baby feel more comfortable by creating a bedtime routine. As an infant, your baby will need a lot of sleep. Their sleep schedule might be unpredictable — sleeping short hours[…..]

SAFE SLEEP: Help Your Child Develop Healthy Sleep Habits

May 10, 2017

We all know the challenges that come when you say these 4 little words, “It’s time for bed”, but did you know there are simple steps you can take to make bedtime less of a struggle? One of the easiest ways to develop healthy sleep habits is by keeping a routine. Having a routine means[…..]

SAFE SLEEP: Setting Up Your Baby’s Crib

November 22, 2016

As a new parent, you may be extremely excited to design a space in your home for your new son or daughter. Stuffed animals, tiny pacifiers, soft blankets (to get you through the summer and winter) and other baby products consume a corner in the room. You may want the area to be comfortable and[…..]

SAFE SLEEP: THE SAFE WAY TO CO-SLEEP AND BREASTFEED

September 7, 2016

Every year families are impacted by SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome) in the state of Delaware and throughout the country. SIDS is the sudden, unexplained death of a baby younger than one year of age that doesn’t have a known cause even after an investigation. We can help more babies celebrate their first birthday, by[…..]