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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False flat feet – give it time.

False flat feet – give it time.
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Shake, Bang, Drop, and Throw

Last month's crawling and other fun tricks were impressive. Month nine has even more changes in store. Find out what to expect this month, as we discuss:

  • Helping your 9-month-old develop a strong mind and body
  • Baby security blankets and teddy bears
  • Baby separation anxiety
  • Flat feet
  • How to say "no" to your baby

By the end of this month, you should see tricks including a fun little routine with objects called "shake, bang, drop, and throw," and the lobster claw "pincer grasp."

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From peek-a-boo to pat-a-cake – play creates strong minds and bodies

While you've been guiding your baby along his road to development, the types of skills your baby develops, and the rate at which he develops them at this point, will be largely dependent on his own abilities.

Here are some things you can do to inspire and stimulate him:

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Turning to Teddy Bear – the importance of comforting objects

Stuffed animals, toys, or blankets can be a big part of your baby's emotional support system.

In your baby's psyche,  these objects have the power to:

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Separation anxiety – waking for reassurance

Just when you thought your baby was sleeping through the night for good, he's up again. Now, he's struggling with separation anxiety. He wakes up looking for you and for reassurance.

For a restful night sleep, try the following:

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How saying "no" today will help you tomorrow

Your baby has a great need to explore - that means touching, tasting, and throwing everything in sight.

While these types of behaviors can be entertaining at times, discipline for negative behaviors will teach your baby self-control that will last well into her later years.