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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The Elementary School Years

Changes you will begin to see in your 7 to 10-year-old

You've made it through diapers, through potty training, through preschool and learning to read - now your child is ready for more independence, homework, and friendships.

By age 10, your child is likely to show signs of:

  • Greater independence from parents and family
  • Stronger sense of right and wrong
  • Beginning awareness of the future
  • Growing understanding about one's place in the world
  • More attention to friendships and teamwork
  • Growing desire to be liked and accepted by friends
  • Rapid development of mental skills - continues to improve reading and writing
  • Greater ability to describe experiences and talk about thoughts and feelings
  • Less focus on one's self and more concern for others
  • Stronger, more complex friendships and peer relationships (greater importance on having friends of the same sex)
  • Experiencing more peer pressure
  • Becoming more independent from the family
  • Becoming more aware of his or her body as puberty approaches (be aware that image and eating problems sometimes start around this age)
  • Facing more academic challenges at school