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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All the Things They Can Do by Age Two

Two-year olds – twice as delightful, twice as difficult

Parenting your little one through their second year of life takes lots of patience, support from family and friends, and a good sense of humor. Here are some highlights of the time between 12 and 24 months:

  • 18 month milestones
  • 24 month milestones

By the end of 18 months, your toddler can:

  • Listen to stories and looks at pictures
  • Experience a reduced appetite as the growth rate slows
  • Run, but may be uncoordinated, and may fall frequently
  • Walk up stairs, holding on with one hand
  • Take off some clothing items, such as socks or gloves
  • Feed him or herself

By the end of the 24 months, your toddler will most likely:

  • Have about 16 teeth (there is a wide variation)
  • Be psychologically ready for toilet training
  • Walk on his or her own
  • Start to run
  • Kick a ball
  • Have a vocabulary of 50 to 300 words (varies widely)
  • Start to form 2- to 4-word sentences
  • Make a tower of more than 4 blocks
  • Enjoy “pretend” play
  • Show growing independence
  • Be able to turn a door knob
  • Scribble with a crayon
  • Begin to sort objects by shapes and colors
  • Carry one or more toys while walking