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Information and inspiration for parents and caregivers of babies, toddlers and preschoolers

Your baby can read your mood

Babies sense parents’ emotions to help understand their world

  • brain development

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?

  • oral health

​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

  • feeding

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

  • preschooler

​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

  • social-emotional development

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 & nutrition

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

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