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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[…..]

HOME VISITING – Sleep. What’s That?

August 6, 2019

“Tired” takes on a completely new meaning as a new parent. You want to take care of your baby and do what is best for your baby. However, there will be many restless nights ahead. The stress as a new mom or parent could be more than you can handle when you are on little[…..]

SAFE SLEEP – Safe Sleep Crib

July 30, 2019

Seasons change. From sun to snowy weather, but the rules of safe sleep will always remain the same. Your baby’s safety should be top priority!  Safe sleep environments help families reduce the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). Where your baby sleeps is important to know before you bring the little one out for[…..]

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.[…..]

SAFE SLEEP – Sharing The Safe Sleep Message

June 15, 2019

Safe sleep starts with you! Every parent has the responsibility to share the safe sleep message. Share it with a friend. Share it with your neighbor. Share it with a stranger. The rules of safe sleep could save a baby’s life. When you log onto Instagram or Facebook, you might see a picture of your[…..]

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[…..]

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[…..]

SAFE SLEEP: Soothing a Fussy Baby

April 23, 2019

You and your baby have built a routine. However right now, your baby is fussy. Their happiness starts with you. When it is time for a nap, you should know what to do to keep them safe. You can help them sleep safely. You can create a safe sleeping environment by following simple safe sleep[…..]

HOME VISITING: Meet Helen Shallow

March 27, 2019

Many families in Delaware now have home visitors. Home visiting programs helps new families who are expecting or have an infant at home succeed! Home visitors are the force behind the program. Home visitors have transformed the lives of babies, parents, and families.  Meet Helen Shallow, MSW, LCSW of New Directions Early Head Start. Can you tell[…..]

HOME VISITING: Meet Juanita Hopkins

March 25, 2019

Many families in Delaware now have home visitors. Home visiting programs helps new families who are expecting or have an infant at home succeed! Home visitors are the force behind the program. Home visitors have transformed the lives of babies, parents, and families.  Meet Juanita Hopkins of Children and Families First Can you tell us a little[…..]