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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.

HOME VISITING: Childhood Obesity Awareness Month

August 28, 2019

  Obesity is a primary concern in many states. While any child is at risk, children who live in poorer areas are at a greater risk for being overweight. In fact, obesity now affects one in five children across the United States. This can put your child at risk for various health problems. The good[…..]

HELP ME GROW: What’s In Your Lunch Box?

August 28, 2019

September means it is back to school for many of our kids! Help your child start this new school year, happy and healthy. Nutrition is a big part of development. Healthy foods make students better learners. A child who has a well-balanced meal is more alert in the classroom. They score better on tests. They[…..]

HELP ME GROW – Crawl Baby, Crawl!

August 5, 2019

Your baby is on the move! It takes time but eventually your baby will start to crawl. This is an exciting time for you and your little one. Crawling is part of growing up. It is one major milestone for your baby. Crawling is not easy! It takes muscle strength, coordination, and determination. You will[…..]

HELP ME GROW – Bonding With Your Baby

July 23, 2019

Hold your baby close—it helps. The urge to hug and kiss your child and to care for your child is a form of bonding. A bond is a strong connection between a child and parent. You should interact with your child as much as possible. It is an important part of a child’s growth process.[…..]

HOME VISITING – Dads Make A Difference

June 10, 2019

The thought of becoming a new parent brings many emotions. You are excited about all the good moments you are going to have with little one. You are anxious about the arrival. You are scared. No one ever taught you how to care for a baby. You are worried about providing for your child and[…..]

HOME VISITING: Safe Environment, Bright Futures

April 24, 2019

Babies absorb what they see and hear around them. From an early age, babies can sense the feelings or moods of their parent. When you argue, your baby can feel the stress. What happens in the home can have an effect on a child’s development. Negative reactions like sadness or anger can cause your baby[…..]

HELP ME GROW: Finding Fun in Food

April 23, 2019

Every moment is a teaching moment. You can help your child grow by creating learning moments. Talking is teaching. The words you say or the songs you sing help. It might seem like a small task — yet, your words matter. The words you say to your baby are helping them develop their own language[…..]

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[…..]

DEVELOPMENTAL SCREENING: BABY TALK!

July 30, 2018

Pretty soon your little one is going to be babbling like never before! Celebrate and thank yourself. The special moments spent with your child helped them grow. Learning starts earlier than we might think. From birth, a baby is learning how to move, talk, and understand. They learn from their surroundings. That is why it’s[…..]

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[…..]