Breast milk is best for your baby

Breast milk is best for babies. The World Health Organisation (WHO) and Health Promotion Board (HPB) recommend 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. At around six months of age (but not before 4 months), infants should receive nutritionally adequate and age-appropriate complementary 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.

Abbott Singapore fully recognises breast milk’s primacy, value and superiority and supports exclusive breastfeeding as recommended by the WHO.

The content on this website is intended as general information for Singaporean residents only and should not be used as a substitute for medical care and advice from your healthcare practitioner. The HPB recommends that infants start on age-appropriate complementary foods at around 6 months, whilst continuing breastfeeding for up to 2 years or beyond to meet their evolving nutritional requirements. If no longer breastfeeding, toddlers can switch to full cream milk after 12 months. This should be complemented by a good variety of solid foods from the four main food groups (fruits, vegetables, grains, meat and alternatives). For more information on the nutritional requirements of infants and young children, please visit www.healthhub.sg/earlynutrition.

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Your 10-month-old baby

Emotions, imagination, and new foods–oh my!
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People to See, Places to Go

In the tenth month, your growing little one may be ready to become a regular baby-about-town, interacting with people and showing off his developmental milestones. Help him deal with his broadening world this month by:

  • Engaging your 10-month-old's mind
  • Baby's fears
  • Choosing the right baby shoes
  • Helping your baby deal with new fears
  • Simple milestones

By the end of this month, your baby might be walking, with a little help from you.

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Introduce new food choices as you approach her first birthday

Your baby needs the right nutrients to maintain her health as she continues to grow and develop. If you’d like to introduce new foods, here are some to consider:

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Puppet play, and other ways to engage you 10-month-old's mind

At this point, you can interact in an even more complex and creative way with your baby. Activities such as chatting with and singing to your baby are still effective.

You can also try these tips:

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Baby's fears – when the vacuums become monsters

Aside from stranger fear and separation anxiety, your baby's further awareness of the bigger world may cause him to fear situations that never bothered him before. For instance, everyday things such as darkness, thunder, and the vacuum cleaner may become mini-monsters, and inspire sudden tears.

Make life more tolerable for your baby at this time:

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Separation made simple – slow is the way to go

Continuing separation anxiety and fear of strangers are signs that your baby has a healthy relationship with you.

Fortunately, here are some ways you can cope with them:

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Let the good times…walk.

All babies develop at different rates. You should not be concerned if your baby does something later or earlier than your friends’ children. In general, by the end of your baby’s tenth month, she will likely be able to do the following:

  • Walk with you while holding hands
  • Say “mama” and “dada” and know what they mean
  • Stand while holding on to someone or something
  • Protest if you take a toy away
  • Play hand games and wave bye-bye
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Choosing the right footwear for your baby

By the tenth month, baby needs new shoes. Look for the following in a baby shoe:

  • Soft and flexible, allowing your baby to move his feet easily
  • Flat, non-skid soles so he doesn't slide and fall
  • Soft, porous tops that allow the foot to breathe

Baby shoes need not be expensive. Remember: Since your baby's feet will grow rapidly, the shoe size will have to keep pace. Check for sizing monthly.