Breast milk is best for your baby

The World Health Organisation recommends exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of life. Unnecessary introduction of bottle feeding or other food and drinks will have a negative impact on breastfeeding. After six months of age, infants should receive age appropriate foods while breastfeeding continues for up to two years of age or beyond. Consult your doctor before deciding to use infant formula or if you have difficulty breastfeeding.

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Celebrating a Year of Milestones

As hard as it is to believe, it has been a year since you brought your tiny infant home and now he is developing a personality all his own
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The power of hugs, and other ways to engage your 12-month-old's mind

This month, help him continue to develop by:

  • Hugging and cuddling him often
  • Soothing and calming him when he's fussy
  • Smiling and talking to him as much as possible
  • Rocking and loving him
  • Playing games such as "pat-a-cake"

New activities to try:

  • Sit baby at or near the table during family meals
  • Show him how to pull a pull toy. (To prevent choking, keep toys with long strings put away when you can't watch your baby play)
  • "Read" a picture book with him and identifying what you see on each page

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Safety first – graduating to the next level of precautions

If you haven't already, now is a good time to make sure you've taken all the baby safety measures you can.

Safety Checklist:

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Tips for weaning baby off his bottle

Around 12 months of age, many babies are happy to abandon the bottle for a sippy cup. If your baby can't quite take that step yet,

Here are some things to try: