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.


Checking Baby’s Hearing - S3 E9

7:44 Min. child-health | safety-tips

Explore the vital world of Infant Sensory Screenings with Jessica and Morgan Scadden, Sensory Screening Program Manager with the Arizona Department of Health Services. Learn why early detection is crucial and how families can support their little ones' sensory development from the start.

Car Seats: Good, Better and Best Practices - S3 E8

8:02 Min. safety-tips

In this podcast episode, Yomaira Castillo and host Jessica Stewart-Gonzalez are here to make your life as a parent easier. They break down the car seat dilemma and offer friendly advice on selecting the perfect fit for your child and when to switch to a booster seat.

How to Know If Your Child Has Autism? - S3 E7

10:15 Min. development

Boys are four times more likely to be diagnosed with autism than girls, according to the CDC. Join Jessica and Dr. Christopher J. Smith, Chief Science Officer at the Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center, as they discuss autism in children. Learn about the signs parents should watch for and the steps to take if their child shows signs of autism.

Product Recall: What are they?- S3, E6

7:50 Min. safety-tips

It's important to stay on top of product recalls so you and your family can maintain a safe and healthy home environment. Jessica sits down with Teresa Murray, Consumer Watchdog for the Arizona PIRG Education Fund and author of the Safe At Home Product recalls report, to learn more about how recalls work and tools parents can use to get recall alerts.

Gestational Diabetes: Serious but Treatable - S3 E5

8:39 Min. child-health | pre-and-post-pregnancy

Hearing you have diabetes, especially while pregnant, can be scary. However, it is a very treatable and usually goes away after your child is born. Raquelle Weight, Staff Development Specialist at the Arizona Department of Health Services in the Bureau of Nutrition and Physical Activity, joins our podcast to explain how gestational diabetes impacts pregnancy and ways to stop it from developing.

How to Navigate the Medical System - S3 E4

7:54 Min. child-health

You know routine doctor’s appointments are important to your kid’s health, but knowing how to start that routine is another story. Pediatrician and American Academy of Pediatrics board member Dr. Miran Song sits down with Jessica to help explain how to find the right healthcare provider and how often your children should visit the doctor.

Safe Crib Practices - S3 E3

8:52 Min. safety-tips

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.

Health Plans for Kids - S3 E2

8:00 Min. parenting

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.

Healthy Meals for Kids, Season 3, Episode 1

09:44 Min. nutrition

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.

Potty Training 101 - S2 E14

11:08 Min. development

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.

How to Spot Unsafe Toys - S2 E13

9:49 Min. safety-tips

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.

Safe Haven Laws - S2 E12

11:41 Min. newborn | safety-tips

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.

Household Cleaning Safety Hacks - S2 E11

11:14 Min. safety-tips

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.

Risks of Congenital Syphilis to Babies - S2 E10

9:43 Min. child-health | 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.

The Role of Dads - Part 3 - S2 E9

development | parenting

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.

The Role of Dads – Part 2 – S2 E8

10:10 Min. development | parenting

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.

The Role of Dads - Part 1 - S2 E7

10:19 Min. development | parenting

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.


11:40 Min. safety-tips

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.

At-Home Fire Drills - S2 E5

11:14 Min. safety-tips

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.

Smoke in Carpet Can Make Kids Sick - S2 E4

7:58 Min. child-health | safety-tips

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.

Achoo! Seasonal Allergy Advice - S2 E3

9:37 Min. child-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 and Pregnancy Health - S2 E2

10:01 Min. nutrition | pre-and-post-pregnancy

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!

Goal-Setting Tips for Parents - S2 E1

12:59 Min. parenting

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.

Let’s Make Learning Fun! - S1 E24

11:59 Min. development | parenting

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.

Toy Safety Guide - S1 E23

9:49 Min. safety-tips

‘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.

Picky Eater and Holiday Foods - S1 E22

10:53 Min. nutrition

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.

Traffic Safety Tips for Kids - S1 E21

9:15 Min. safety-tips

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.

All About Childhood Vaccines - S1 E20

12:21 Min. newborn

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.

Well Child Visits - S1 E19

12:06 Min. child-health

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.

Buckle Up! Car Seat Safety - S1 E18

10:59 Min. safety-tips

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 and Stillbirth - S1 E17

11:00 Min. child-health | pre-and-post-pregnancy

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.

Your Postpartum Health - S1 E16

11:35 Min. pre-and-post-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

Back to School Hearing and Vision Screenings - S1 E15

8:33 Min. child-health

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.

Early Intervention for Autism - S1 E14

10:37 Min. child-health | development | newborn

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.

How to Count Your Baby’s Kicks - S1 E13

10:10 Min. pre-and-post-pregnancy

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.

It’s Tummy Time! - S1 E12

10:58 Min. newborn

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.

The 4th Trimester - S1 E11

12:33 Min. pre-and-post-pregnancy

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.

Cool Tips for Summertime Heat - S1 E10

12:17 Min. safety-tips

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.

Sun Safety Checklist - S1 E9

12:01 Min. safety-tips

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: Signs, Risks, and Prevention - S1 E8

13:57 Min. safety-tips

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.

How To Practice Positive Parenting - S1 E7

12:06 Min. pre-and-post-pregnancy

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.

Screen Time Solutions - S1 E6

11:47 Min. development

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.

Time for Table Foods? - S1 E5

11:38 Min. nutrition

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.

Newborn Screenings: What to Expect - S1 E4

12:01 Min. newborn

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.

Baby Talk - S1 E3

12:14 Min. development | parenting

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.

Sleep—Every Parent’s Dream - S1 E2

10:08 Min. child-health | safety-tips

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.

Breastfeeding? Answers! - S1 E1

12:23 Min. newborn

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.