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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First steps or First words

After experiencing many exciting firsts in the first year, your baby is now a toddler! At this age, your toddler will continue to experience many firsts
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Physical Milestones

Between 12 to 15 months, your toddler may be able to stand up on his own without needing to rely on you or any surrounding furniture. Once your toddler is able to stand, he will soon take his first few steps unaided. Toddlers are curious about their surroundings so it will not be long before your toddler starts exploring by climbing the stairs and furniture as his walking improves.

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Emotional Milestones

Your toddler might start experiencing a wider range of complex emotions and behaviors. This includes frustration which might be accompanied by temper tantrums as a response. Separation anxiety is often noticed in toddlers in this age group as well. Therefore, they may feel anxious when separated from you even for short periods of time. On the other hand, they might show signs of affection due to the emotional attachment to people they are fond of.

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Cognitive Milestones

Your toddler’s babbling might make way for his first real words as his language ability develops. This may include words such as “daddy” and “mummy” or naming familiar objects around him. However, his language development is still a work in progress. Hence, he might still resort to grunting, nodding and pointing to alert you to what he wants.

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Activities to Stimulate Toddler’s Development

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Play with your toddler

Play helps to stimulate your toddler’s imagination and is a great opportunity for him to learn how things work. Allowing indoor and outdoor play is beneficial for your toddler to gain a variety of experiences. You can also provide open-ended toys such as blocks or cups of water to encourage your toddler’s creativity and problem solving. In addition, playing interactive games together such as peekaboo or puppet play can help to increase his cognitive skills.

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Show your toddler affection

Giving your toddler plenty of hugs and kisses can support his development emotionally. Positive attention will make him feel loved and secure. Moreover, he can learn about empathy through your attentiveness to their emotions.

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Warning Signs to Look Out For

Although every toddler develops at a different pace, here are some signs to look out for concerning your toddler’s development. You may see your doctor if you notice any of these signs in your toddler’s 12-15 months or are concerned about your toddler’s development:

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Learning with Your Toddler

As your toddler learns about his surroundings, you are also learning more about your toddler’s behavior and needs. It is normal to make mistakes and to be unsure about some things. You can always approach your partner, family or professionals to seek help if you have any concerns regarding your toddler.

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