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

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

  • safety

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

  • pregnancy

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

  • oral health

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

When kids get stressed

Keeping the peace: helping a toddler reduce their stress

  • preschooler

Loving communication and a clear process for dealing with stress can help prevent things from getting out of control.

Check out my crib safety

Check out my crib

  • safety

​Having a safe place for your baby to sleep is something to take seriously. ​

Supermom is a myth

There’s no such thing as the perfect parent

  • family support

​Eighty percent of millennial moms think it’s important to the be “the perfect mom.” It’s an unrealistic aspiration.

Skin to skin for mother and baby

The golden hour

  • health & nutrition

​Skin-to-skin contact immediately after your child is born can have important benefits for baby and mother.

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