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Do your bestfeeding

Do your bestfeeding

  • health and nutrition

Breast milk is considered the best food for babies, but breastfeeding can be difficult for some babies and moms. No matter how it goes for you, doing the best…

Don't forget the sunblock

Throwin’ shade at the sun: protecting your kids outdoors

  • safety

​All it takes is a few simple steps to help protect your child from the sun.

Fun food names for kids

Fun names can get your child to eat more vegetables

  • health and nutrition

​Children should eat a variety of colorful vegetables, but with most toddlers and preschoolers, that can feel like a hopeless challenge.​ Here’s some…

What your caregiver should know

Mom’s night out? Leave a list for your caregiver

  • parenting

Time apart from your baby can be stressful. Use these tips to help you and your caregiver feel more at ease while you’re away.

Is my baby crying a normal amount?

For crying out loud

  • infants

A teary​-eyed baby doesn’t make you a ba​d parent. In fact, two to three hours of crying a day is normal.

Pregnant woman dreams of sushi

Pregnant woman dreams of sushi

  • health and nutrition

​​Good nutrition during pregnancy is one of the best gifts you can give your baby.

Check up on your child's health

Regular check-ups help keep your child healthy

  • health and nutrition

​Well-child visits with your healthcare provider are important for your child’s healthy development.

Pool safety for young kids

Keeping young kids safe around pools

  • health and nutrition

The Drowning Prevention Coalition of Arizona has three main safety tips for parents and caretakers of kids under 5: block, watch and learn.​

Have a flexible birth plan

Have a birth plan? Stay flexible

  • infants

Things may not always go as you envision, and that’s okay.

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