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

Fun food names for kids

Fun names can get your child to eat more vegetables

  • health & 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 & 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 & 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 & 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.

A father of three boys

A father’s reflections on the first year with three boys

  • parenting

​The best advice for the challenges of parenting newborn twins and a toddler? Patience.

Oral Health Podcast Oral Health Podcast

Podcast: Caring for your child’s teeth

  • health & nutrition

​A conversation with pediatric dentist Dr. Jeanette MacLean about what parents of young kids should know about preventing tooth decay.

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