A podcast for parents featuring tips from fellow parents and the latest insights from childhood experts. Addresses expecting parents and families of kids 0-5 and hosted by mom and early childhood development expert, Jessica Stewart-Gonzalez. You got this!
The gift-giving season is here! For little ones, receiving a new toy is exciting. But it’s up to us parents to make sure that our children are playing with toys that are safe. That involves reviewing age recommendations, keeping small parts out of reach, and storing “big kid” toys safely away from toddlers and infants.
Emily Samuel of Safe Kids Worldwide joins host Jessica Stewart-Gonzalez to walk parents through a toy safety checklist. Find out what to look out for when in the toy aisle, and how to ensure that playtime with toys is both fun and safe.
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We cover topics that new and seasoned parents face to help you make intentional decisions in your journey as a parent.
You know how important a good night’s sleep is for you to function the next day – it’s the same for your little ones, too! A safe sleep environment is vital to help them get the rest they need, and for you to get peace of mind. YomairaCastillo joins Jessica to discuss crib safety, how to access safe cribs and more.
You’re always worried about your children’s health. You’re also worried about how health insurance fits into your family’s budget. Mark Schafer, the Program Support Administrator at the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System, stops by to discuss coverage options in the low-cost Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and how you can enroll.
You know your kids should eat healthy, but what does that mean exactly? If you’re looking to build nutritious family meals on a budget, listen now to discover helpful tools from registered dietician Alan Brown, WIC Training Manager at the Arizona Department of Health Services in the Bureau of Nutrition and Physical Activity.
How do you know when your child is ready for potty training? What if they resist? What if they can’t hold it? Erica Desper, founder of Confident Parenting, chats with Jessica about her potty training expertise and shares some tips to make the process easier for both kids and caregivers.
What makes a toy something fun and what makes it a hazard for everyone? Host Jessica sits down the Teresa Murray, Consumer Watchdog for Public Interest Group and author of the Trouble in Toyland 2022 report to get safety tips and advice on how to avoid buying counterfeit and recalled toys.
Sometimes expectant parents find themselves in an unexpected position where they are unable to care for a baby. Fortunately, designated Safe Haven providers allow parents to safely surrender a newborn. Heather Burner, Executive Director of the National Safe Haven Alliance, teaches Jessica about Safe Haven laws and available resources for Arizona families.
Cleaning is a chore that never ends. And with a baby or toddler in the mix, all those cleaning chemicals and supplies can become safety hazards. Jessica talks to Adam Rodriguez, manager of the Emergency Medical Services for Children at the Bureau of Emergency Medical Services and Trauma System at the Arizona Department of Health Services, to learn cleaning hacks and safety tips.
Syphilis, which can lead to health issues and even death in newborns, is on the rise in Arizona. What can you do to protect yourself and your little ones? Jessica sits down with CDC epidemiologist Bree Anderson to learn how to keep parents and babies safe and healthy.
Involved dads aren’t just good for families, they’re good for communities too. In the third and final episode on dads, Allan Stockellburg returns yet again to share research and explain how father figures help kids make better decisions and set them up for success later in life.
Kids’ relationships with their dads are important, but the relationship between mom and dad also impacts your little ones. Allan Stockellburg returns talk about positive communication between parents, plus the benefits of children learning different approaches to life from both mom and dad.
Multiple positive role models help children explore and see the world in different ways. And dads can help kids learn about things from a new perspective. Jessica is joined by Parent Aid Executive Director and “Dad Guru” Allan Stockellburg to chat about fatherhood, what makes a “dad” and how role models can help your little ones learn and grow.
As we dive into the hot summer months, it means a lot more time in the pool. It also means swim safety should be top of mind for both parents and kids. Melissa Sutton, President of the Drowning Prevention Coalition of Arizona, gives Jessica tips on how to keep pool time safe and how to communicate the importance of pool safety to your children.
Do you and your kids have an evacuation plan in case of fire or other emergency? Learn how to plan an at-home fire drill and keep your little ones safe as Jessica seeks advice from Adam Rodriguez, former firefighter and current manager of the Emergency Medical Services for Children Program at the Bureau of Emergency Medical Services and Trauma System.
We’ve been told about the dangerous effects secondhand smoke has on children. But did you know thirdhand smoke is harmful, too? Executive Director of Arizonans Concerned About Smoking Philip Carpenter stops by the podcast to explain how smoke in car seats, clothes and even the carpet impact kids’ health.
Sneezing and runny noses are no fun for anyone, including your child. What’s the best way to treat seasonal allergies? Pediatrician and allergy-specialist Dr. Dave Stukus joins this episode to explain the difference between allergies and a cold and offers ways for parents to keep allergens out of their homes.
Vitamins play a vital role in a healthy pregnancy and the health of your future baby, even before you become pregnant. How? Susie Leo, MPH RDN from Power Me A2Z at the Arizona Department of Health Services explains the benefits of folic acid to Jessica, plus how to get a free 3-month supply of multivitamins!
Sticking to goals can be a challenge, especially when you’re busy taking care of little ones. That’s why Olivia DeLong, fellow mom and senior health editor at BabyCenter, joins host Jessica to discuss time management tips and how to keep your goals on track.
Playtime and learning go hand in hand. But which toys are fun, educational and developmentally appropriate? Keri Wilmot, a pediatric occupational therapist and toy blogger, stops by the podcast to offer advice and tips on toys that fit your child’s development.
‘Tis the season for gifts! While new toys are exciting for kids, parents want to make sure playtime is both fun and safe. Emily Samuel of Safe Kids Worldwide gives Jessica tips on how to store "big kid" toys away from younger children and how to keep small parts out of reach.
Holidays mean making memories over meals. But for your toddler, holidays can mean strange foods they refuse to eat. Alan Brown, the Women, Infant’s and Children’s Training Manager in Arizona’s Department of Health Services Bureau of Nutrition and Physical Activity, shares tips on how to appease picky eaters and keep the holidays a joyful experience for all.
When it’s the perfect outside play weather, it’s also the perfect time to review traffic safety. Jessica sits down with Nadji Kirby of Safe Kids Worldwide to pass on some safety tips for parents of young children, from holding hands in parking lots to boarding public transportation to safely cross the street.
Roll up your sleeves as Jessica welcomes Dr. Andrea Houfek, a retired pediatrician and Board President of The Arizona Partnership for Immunization (TAPI), to discuss vaccines. From protecting against illness to allowing kids to attend school safely, learn about why vaccines are an important part of your child’s healthcare and the recommended vaccine schedule.
Did you know doctor’s appointments are just as important for healthy children as they are for sick kids? Pediatrician Dr. Jason Vargas stops by the podcast to explain what exactly doctors look for during these well child visits, how they can catch early health concerns and what parents should ask the pediatrician.
Worried about going down the wrong path when choosing a car seat? Jessica is joined by Yomaira Castillo, Injury Prevention Manager at Arizona Department of Health Services, to explain what to look for in a car seat and proper installation.
Health disparities put Black mothers at a higher risk of stillbirth and other pregnancy complications. Stephaney Moody, Health Equity Coordinator at Healthy Birth Day, stops by the podcast to discuss these inequities and helps explain some of the ways moms can advocate for themselves and their unborn children in the doctor’s office and throughout their pregnancy.
You focus a lot on your baby’s well-being, but what about your own mental and physical health? Heidi Christensen, the Maternal Health Innovation Program Manager at the Arizona Department of Health Services, explains why it’s important to take care of yourself too after giving birth, the warning signs to look out for and when to call the doctor
As school starts again, you might hear about hearing and vision screenings for your preschoolers or kindergarteners. Why do they matter? Ashley Neves, Sensory Screening Program Manager at the Arizona Department of Health Services, breaks things down for Jessica.
Knowing and catching signs of autism early on can help children get the care they need to develop properly. Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center chief science officer Christopher Smith, Ph.D. sits down with Jessica to explain the importance of early detection and what to watch for young children.
One, two, three, podcast! Jessica talks to Emily Price, executive director of Healthy Birth Day Inc., about the importance of counting your baby’s kicks while pregnant and how to make it a fun part of your pregnancy routine.
Tummy time helps babies develop vital motor skills and build up their muscle strength. It’s also not very fun for a lot of babies. Jessica talks to Rebecca Parlakian of ZERO TO THREE to get tummy time tips on how to make the important activity less stressful for both you and your little one.
You know what to expect during pregnancy, but what happens in the weeks immediately after birth? Jessica welcomes 4th trimester planning expert Elizabeth Wood to discuss how to take care of your baby and yourself – physically and emotionally – during this life-changing period.
Jessica chats with Matt Roach, Epidemiology Program Manager for the Climate and Health, Drinking Water, and Environmental Public Health Tracking Programs at ADHS about the danger of hot temperatures, the signs of heat exhaustion, and how to prepare your kids for hot weather.
As we get ready for summer fun, skin protection is top of mind. To help you prepare your children for outdoor adventures, Jessica chats with Sergio Perez, SunWise Program Manager at ADHS. They give you a checklist of sun safety measures to help you protect your kid from the sun’s rays.
Lead poisoning and exposure through everyday household items is a serious problem for children and can impact their development. Jessica welcomes Ginny De La Cruz, a lead poisoning prevention expert, to discuss how to create a safe household environment for your kids.
Conflict with your kids is inevitable—from bedtime, to tantrums, to healthy habits. Resolving that conflict in a proactive and positive way is a skill, and sometimes an art. Jessica welcomes Dr. Randy Ahn, Implementation Consultant at the Positive Parenting Program (Triple P) to discuss how to practice this skill as a parent.
Jessica and media expert Dr. Michael Robb offer advice on managing screen time for toddlers, from setting limits to avoiding tantrums. Screen time doesn’t have to be an all-or-nothing solution to entertaining your kid. Learn how to incorporate it in a healthy and thoughtful way.
Jessica is joined by nutrition expert Alan Brown to discuss introducing table foods into your baby’s diet. Get step-by-step tips to help you introduce solid foods safely, and learn how to spot possible allergies and food sensitivities.
Jessica takes her audience through the newborn screening process step by step with Fran Altamaire, case management coordinator for the Office of Newborn Screening-Follow up at the Arizona Department of Health Services.
Jessica is joined by Kat Willard, Senior Director of Family Support and Literacy at First Things First, who shares creative ways to have intentional conversations with your little one.
Jessica covers tips and tricks for implementing the ABCs of safe sleep with Yomaira Diaz Castillo, Injury Prevention Manager at the Arizona Department of Health.
Host, expert, and mom Jessica Stewart-Gonzalez gets some advice for breastfeeding moms from Anne Whitmire, WIC Breastfeeding and Training Administrator at the Arizona Department of Health Services.