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 12-month-old baby

Look who’s (almost) talking and walking.
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A personality all his own.

Your baby’s development is taking off as he starts to reveal his budding personality. He’s about to start the physical changes of becoming a toddler, so it’s time to prepare the next growth spurt.

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How time flies when you’re turning one.

You’ve both come so far during the past 12 months. Your baby will continue to develop at his own pace, which is completely normal. Around this time is when your baby will be able to:

  • Take his first solo steps
  • Say two words other than “mama” and “dada”
  • Speak in “baby-talk” sentences
  • Imitate your actions
  • Drink from a cup without help
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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"

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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: