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Home Safe Home

Home safe home

  • toddlers

Childproofing tips to provide a safe place for your little one to explore and learn.

TV time and language

TV and videos don’t help very young children learn new words

  • language & literacy

Babies and toddlers develop language skills by listening and interacting with caring adults – real talk with real people.

How to swaddle a baby

How to swaddle your baby

  • infants

​M​ost newborns love being swaddled. It calms them down and can help them sleep better. Here’s a step-by-step on the art of the swaddle.

Childcare podcast

Podcast: What to look for in quality child care

  • early learning

​Choosing a child care setting for your infant, toddler or preschooler is a big decision. Learn about the elements of a quality setting so you can make a…

Your baby can read your mood

Babies sense parents’ emotions to help understand their world

  • infants

When can babies start to pick up on their parents’ emotions? From birth.

Is your child drinking too much juice?

Is your child drinking too much juice?

  • health & nutrition

​The American Academy of Pediatrics has new recommendations on fruit juice for children. Less is better, and none for children under 1.

Car seat safety

Be good to your backseat drivers

  • safety

Know Arizona’s ca​r seat safety laws to protect your little ones. Use the right car seat for their age and size, and make sure it’s properly…

Do your bestfeeding

Do your bestfeeding

  • health & 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.

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