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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: 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[…..]

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: 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[…..]

HELP ME GROW: A Curious Baby is a Healthy Baby

October 15, 2018

  A curious baby is a healthy baby. Curiosity means your baby is trying to learn how things work. Your baby will learn new things right away. Sitting, walking, or crawling to name a few! Your baby will also start to develop problem-solving skills.  This is the way a child thinks and makes decisions. It[…..]

HOME VISITING: More Than a Nurse

October 11, 2018

  Parenting can have many ups and downs. There are the good things, like seeing your baby smile for the first time. There are also the frustrations, like the potential of your baby not latching during breastfeeding. No one said caring for a baby was easy—even if you have a team of family or friends[…..]

HOME VISITING: Breastfeeding and Marijuana Use

September 19, 2018

Just once or on occasion is a big NO when it comes to marijuana use. No amount of marijuana is safe to use during pregnancy or after breastfeeding. You can still pass the harmful substance to your baby through breast milk.  Although the use of medical marijuana is legal in Delaware, marijuana use in any[…..]

HELP ME GROW: Outdoor Summer Fun With Your Child

September 16, 2018

  Summer is a great chance to keep your kids active. Show them how great it is to be outside by using our QT30 activities! QT30 is quality time you spend with your kids for 30 minutes a day. These 30 minutes can be filled with activities that are fun, educational, and help engage their[…..]

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[…..]

DEVELOPMENTAL SCREENING: Signs of Emotional Development in Your Child

May 21, 2018

It’s important to keep track of your child’s development as they grow. Staying aware of their developmental stages makes it easier to tell if there is a health problem. Tracking emotional development is important too. Here are a few healthy signs of emotional development to look for as your child gets older. At about 2[…..]