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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[…..]

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[…..]

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[…..]

HOME VISITING: Meet Jenny Roblero Gomez

March 23, 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 Jenny Roblero Gomez of Children & Families First Can you tell us[…..]

HOME VISITING: Meet Tiffani Justice

March 21, 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 Tiffani Justice of Healthy Families Delaware. Can you tell us a[…..]

HOME VISITING: Pregnancy Complications

March 18, 2019

A first time pregnancy is a joyous time. It can also bring many worries. It can be scary to learn that you have pregnancy complications. There can be problems with your health or problems with your baby’s health. At the next appointment, your doctor might share information on what can happen during pregnancy. The information[…..]