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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12th Month Post Delivery

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How to help your baby learn to walk

What you can do to encourage your baby to take his first steps

Every little baby's first step is a miracle. It takes a combination of motor and sensory skills to begin to saunter on little feet. Not to fret if your baby does not take to walking as quickly as you might think he should; babies walk when they are ready to do so! Some start as early as nine months, while others get to their feet only by 16 months. It takes hours and hours of practice before your little child can stride with confidence.

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Your 12-Month-Old Baby

Look who’s (almost) talking and walking.

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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Dads Are Important Too

While typically seen as the parent who plays around with his child and is the breadwinner of the family, a father plays an equally important role in shaping a child’s self-esteem, character and values. Activities that your husband can do with baby such as playing with him/her or going on walks together helps to build baby’s physical, emotional and cognitive well-being. It is important that your husband plays a part in baby’s upbringing together with you so that a strong paternal bond can be developed to help baby grow up confidently.

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