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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: HOW TO CO-SLEEP WITH YOUR BABY WITHOUT BED-SHARING

June 3, 2016

Are you on the fence about whether or not you should bed-share with your baby? According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the safest place for your baby to sleep is in the same room with you, but not in the same bed. In 2014, a study was published in the journal Pediatrics that[…..]

SIDS Awareness Month: Lower Your Baby’s Risk of SIDS

October 27, 2014

October is SIDS Awareness Month. In 2010, Sudden Infant Death Syndrome accounted for 12.5% of black infant deaths and 8.8% of white infant deaths in Delaware. While SIDS cannot be 100% prevented, there are four easy steps you can take to lower your baby’s risk. They are The Four Rules of Safe Sleep: SLEEP ALONE:[…..]

Safe Sleep: Tell Your Babysitter about Safe Sleep

October 8, 2014

Babysitters are lifesavers when you’re looking to unwind and have a night out without your child. They watch over your baby, and should do everything they can to be sure your baby is safe and sound when you return. You can help them with this by making sure they know about the 4 Rules of[…..]

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: 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[…..]