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 7-month-old baby

New foods, new teeth, new experiences.
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Bring out those teething rings!

Your 7-month-old will likely start moving more independently this month, and might begin exploring his surroundings in new ways.

In addition, his first tooth could be arriving soon. You'll need to help him cope with the pain of teething while you continue to foster his development. Here are some signs to watch for:

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Starting Solid Foods

During month seven, your baby starts moving more independently, scooting around on his belly like a tadpole, and even, perhaps, eating his first cracker. This month, find out how to:

  • Help your 7-month-old develop a strong mind and body
  • Combine eating and playing
  • Doctor's visits
  • Teething

At the end of month seven, you're baby will probably be getting his first tooth, and hitting other key milestones.

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Sounds like fun – healthy play for minds and bodies

Your baby's language, recognition, and social skills are at an important stage of development.

Help ensure that his development stays on track by continuing to engage him in some of the following activities:

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Getting her hands on "grown up" food

Once your baby can sit on her own in a high chair, mealtime becomes a party. She wants to grab the spoon, put it in her mouth, and bang it on the tray, creating her own special baby song.

Eating comes with other surprises as well.

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Kids and germs – the more they play the more they share

As your baby plays more with other babies and children, he's more likely to pick up colds and viruses.

Symptoms worthy of a visit to your pediatrician:

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Sleep patterns and tips at 7 months

  • Separation anxiety your baby might have developed last month could keep him up at night.
  • Your baby might stay awake later, or wake up more often, to practice his newest crawling and sitting abilities.
  • If your baby begins waking up in the middle of the night, try putting him to sleep earlier.
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It’s time for a serious baby-proofing.

With her added dexterity, increasing mobility, and expanding curiosity, she’ll soon be reaching and grabbing for everything. Keeping her safe (and your stuff protected) is a constant vigil.

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