Sleep Regression After a Diabetes Diagnosis

by Jen M., Real Moms Talk Type 1

My son had been a very independent sleeper before. But when he first came back from the hospital, he was different. Looking back, I’m grateful for the way we handled it. read Sleep Regression After a Diabetes Diagnosis


These No-Bake Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies from More Dishing It Up Disney Style: A Cookbook for Families with Type 1 Diabetes are quick and easy and made of household staples that you just might have on hand already.

Digital Books

Disney and Lilly Diabetes have joined forces to bring you these great reads for families of children with type 1 diabetes. Ask your healthcare provider for free copies or read select titles here. Click above to see the full list.


Every type 1 family has a unique story. Get inspired by real families as they tell their stories about living with type 1 diabetes.

T1 Everyday Magic
This Month

Lilly Diabetes and Disney have come together to create special resources for families like yours, to help you and your child feel inspired and empowered to live a full, active life with type 1 diabetes!

Programs and Initiatives

Learn more about the type 1 diabetes partners and resources that are available to you and your family.

Fresh Fruit Frozen Pops

For super easy zero-carb frozen pops, freeze sugar-free sports drink in ice pop molds. Or, if you don’t mind a few carbs, make this gorgeous fresh-fruit version with just a couple more steps. read Fresh Fruit Frozen Pops


  • The Low-Carb Question

    Some families have found blood sugar benefits to adopting a low-carb diet, while others advocate that children with type 1 diabetes can eat the same foods as anyone else. How do you navigate the debate — and the parental judgment zone around what has become a heated topic in the diabetes community?

  • Finding Our Way Off the Blood Sugar Roller Coaster

    Are roller-coaster blood sugar levels “just the way it is” with type 1 diabetes — tolerating highs to avoid the dreaded lows? It doesn’t have to be that way, says veteran D-dad Scott Benner, who found a way to conquer the fear that was holding him back from optimal care.

  • Keeping Them All in the Air

    by Kim M., Real Moms Talk Type 1

    I’ve got so many different balloons in the air, it’s impossible to keep more than a few of them from falling. The one that dropped most recently: my daughter’s diabetes care.

  • James

    Sleep Regression After a Diabetes Diagnosis

    by Jen M., Real Moms Talk Type 1

    My son had been a very independent sleeper before. But when he first came back from the hospital, he was different. Looking back, I’m grateful for the way we handled it.

  • Kaitlyn

    Over-treating Lows

    by Kim M., Real Moms Talk Type 1

    She knows exactly how many carb-grams’ worth of sugar to take when she’s low, but somehow, she usually ends up eating more. So we came up with a solution.

  • Jen and James

    ADHD and Type 1 Diabetes

    by Jen M., Real Moms Talk Type 1

    Rather than practice makes perfect, our mantra is lots of practice, paired with lots of peace.

Newly Diagnosed

  • Starter Guide to Carb-Counting

    Starter Guide to Carb-Counting

    When your child is first diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, suddenly having to track and count everything they eat in order to calculate insulin doses can feel overwhelming. But you will get the hang of it! Here are some new and time-honored tricks to get you started.

  • The Year of Firsts

    by Amy Drauschke

    With type 1 diabetes, the learning doesn’t end when you leave the hospital.

  • Does This Have Carbs?

    Cough syrup, chewable vitamins, gum…pet food?? Find out if you need to cover the carbs in these and other (semi) edibles.

  • Yes, You Will Make Mistakes

    Yes, You Will Make Mistakes

    Rather than constantly worry, it may help some parents to realize a certain T1D truth: No matter how careful you are, everyone makes the occasional mistake. Just ask the following amazing (and courageous) parents, who agreed to share some of their more human moments.

8 & Younger

9 to 12

  • James

    You’re Allowed to Be Rude

    by Jen M., Real Moms Talk Type 1

    When being well-behaved could land you in the hospital, the right to be impolite should be part of your 504 plan.

  • Figuring Out Physical Activity With T1D

    by Kim M., Real Moms Talk Type 1

    You finally get the basal rates and bolus ratios figured out, and then you throw exercise into the mix and everything changes! Here are some strategies we’ve learned.

  • People in the Know: Diabetes and Her First Period

    Q: “Our daughter is entering puberty, and we want to help her be prepared, especially when it comes to how menstruation could affect her blood sugar management. What should we know?” Find an expert answer here.

  • People in the Know: Growth Spurts

    Q: “Our 12-year-old daughter is going through a growth spurt, and no matter how carefully we monitor her blood glucose, her numbers seem like they’re all over the place. Are these two things connected?”

13 to 17

  • How to Prevent Eye-Rolling in Teens

    A behavioral scientist for adolescents with type 1 diabetes shares some better ways to broach blood-sugar-related requests that are less likely to incur storming off and door-slamming in those under 18.

  • Getting Your First Job (+ T1D)

    by Leighann Calentine, guest blogger, D-mom.com

    Swimming and diabetes had always been a challenging combination. So I had to put my faith in my daughter when she decided to get her first job… as a swim lesson instructor.

  • Kaitlyn

    4 Nag-Free Ways to Keep T1D Teens on Track

    by Kim M., Real Moms Talk Type 1

    Having diabetes has become so much a part of Kaitlyn’s life that she’s almost become desensitized to how important daily management tasks really are. Here’s what we’re doing to help her remember.

  • Choose Your Own Diabetes Device

    by Jen M., Real Moms Talk Type 1

    In about six months’ time, James will be called upon to make a big decision that will affect the next four years of his life. (No, this isn’t about college!)

18 & Older

  • The One Thing I Never Expected About College

    Even the most well-prepared students can be in for some eye-opening experiences their first year away from home. So we asked freshmen College Diabetes Network members to suggest a few more things to plan ahead for.

  • Giving the Lowdown on Lows

    As you pass the torch of T1D care to your teen, it’s the final leg of the relay: Handing off your supportive safety-net role to her new college community.

  • The Best Way My Parents Helped Me Prep for College

    What works best for college-bound teens making the giant leap into adult life with T1D? We asked members of the College Diabetes Network™ and other college freshmen with type 1 to share what their parents did the summer before school that made all the difference.