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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Buttoned and Zipped

Motor skills age 3 to 5

With heightened depth perception comes more developed motor skills. Expect your child to become more coordinated on his feet as he jumps, runs and hops. With practice, hand-eye coordination will improve to make buttoning a jacket and zipping pants possible.

To help develop motor skills, have your child:

  • Pick up nuts and small blocks with kitchen tongs
  • String beads
  • Roll out play clay and cut it with scissors to build fine muscles in hands
  • Copy or trace your grocery or to-do list with a pencil

Motor skills age 5 to 6

By age 5 or 6, your child will most likely have the needed motor skills and depth perception to tie their shoelaces.
Here are some suggestions to get them started:

  • Use a string to show how to tie a half-knot and let him carry a string to practice
  • Give him a big show to try (off his foot) and face it away from him on the correct side of his body
  • Use imagery to teach him to make the first loop (loop is a tree, thumb holding it in place is a rabbit) while the other hand wraps the remaining lace (the fox) around the tree, push the rabbit farther into its hole
  • If the rabbit example is too difficult for him, teach him to make two loops (one from each end of the lace) and use his half-knot to tie them together – adding a second half-knot for security