We’re all in this thing they call “parenting” together—through life’s many ages and stages. And while children might not come with written manuals, the team of pediatric experts at Connecticut Children’s is here for you through it all.

Turn to them for guidance from infant motor milestones to advice for young adult athletes—and all the things in between. Plus, don’t forget to subscribe to Growing Healthy to get the latest parenting tips and pediatric healthcare news delivered right to your inbox. 

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What to Expect When Your Child is in the Womb


How to Cope With a High-Risk Pregnancy

If your pregnancy is high-risk, it’s natural to have a mix of emotions. Even though every woman’s high-risk pregnancy is different, you’re not alone. Connecticut Children’s fetal care expert shares high-risk pregnancy do’s, don’t—and resources for support.

Why NICU Levels are Important if You're Expecting a NICU Stay

Not all NICUs are the same. There are four main NICU levels that offer simple to complex newborn care depending on your baby’s needs. If you’re wondering about the difference in care at each NICU level, Connecticut Children’s neonatology expert explains.

What to Expect if You Have a Newborn or Infant

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What Happens at Your Baby's First Pediatrician Visit?

Your baby will see their pediatrician a lot during their first year of life – and that begins with their very first well-baby visit, just a few days after coming home from the hospital. How should you prepare and what else should you know?

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Is Your Baby On Track for Their Motor Milestones?

Babies are changing by the day, and every new “motor milestone” is a thrill – like the first time they hold a toy, roll, sit up alone, and crawl. Wondering if your baby is on track for meeting their motor milestones? Our pediatric physical therapy expert shares guidance.

What to Expect When Raising a Toddler

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4 Things to Know About Ear Tube Surgery

Ear tube surgery can help prevent ear infections and hearing loss in kids. If your child has three or more ear infections within six months, or hearing loss due to fluid build-up over several months, they may benefit from ear tubes.

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Feeding Littles: What, and How Much, is Appropriate?

How much food is healthy for your child’s age? Some days, figuring out what—and how much—to offer your child is challenging! Our pediatric nutrition experts came up with this guide to understanding healthy food portions for kids.

What to Expect in the “child” Years

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What to Know About Childhood Asthma

Asthma is the most common chronic illness in kids. 370,000 people in Connecticut have it—71,900 of which are children. That’s 1 in every 8 kids in the state. Many of us have a basic understanding of asthma, but what else should parents know?

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How to Prepare Your Child for Surgery

If your child has a surgery or procedure scheduled, you can count on us to keep them safe and sound every step of the way. But you’ll probably want to prep them at home, too. Here are some tried-and-true ways to do so.

What to Expect if You Have Tweens or Teens


When is it Safe for Kids to Start Using Deodorant?

Puberty comes with all sorts of changes to your child’s body, and sooner or later, that probably includes some new odors. When it comes to deodorant, there are a dizzying array of products to choose from. When is your child old enough to start? What’s safe? What’s not?

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Helping Your Teen Decide What to Do After High School

At the end of high school, teens suddenly have to decide for themselves what happens next – whether that’s more school, entering the work force, or something else. Here’s how you can help your teen navigate this major life decision.

What to Expect When Raising Young Adults

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Sports and the Pressure to Win: What to Know

While we can’t deny their many benefits, sports can all too easily switch from a source of joy to a source of stress. How can you make sure your child gets all the benefits of their sport while managing all the pressures? Here are tips.

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Helping Your Child be an Ally for Gender Diversity

The pronouns we use are only one piece of the complex and beautiful puzzle of human identity. Yet, gender pronouns matter so much. Our pediatric mental health expert shares tips on how to help your child navigate the world of gender and pronoun diversity—and be an ally.

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