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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All the Things They Can Do by 18Months

Find out more about the usual development of a 15 to 18-month-old and how you can support their growth.
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Behaviour and emotions

At this age, your child is eager to learn about everything he sees and enjoys playing and experimenting. As play is crucial in the development of your child’s reasoning and creativity, you may want to play games like asking him to search for hidden toys or identify body parts when you name them. Your child might also start engaging in imaginative play by imitating your day-to-day actions like putting on shoes and talking on the phone. Beating and throwing items may also be observed in your child’s behavior if he sees such actions performed by others.

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Communication and language

At 15 months, your child is beginning to recognize his name and you may start to hear him say several words. His vocabulary will gradually improve and you will hear him identifying various objects and actions. By 18 months, your child should be able to comprehend and carry out simple instructions such as fetching items for you.

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Motor skills and physical development

If it has been some time since your child started walking, he may soon learn to run or climb the stairs or furniture. However, do not worry if he has yet to start walking as he will likely begin walking in the following few months.

By 18 months, your child will gain more control over his hand and arm movements and may be able to use a spoon or start doodling with a pencil. Additionally, he may be able to grab tiny objects like buttons or pebbles. As such, you should constantly supervise your child’s actions and the item he picks up in case he tries to consume it. Some other actions you may observe your child performing include undressing on his own and drinking from a cup.

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Activities to Stimulate Toddler’s Development

Brimming with curiosity and busy exploring the world around

  • Stay close to your child while he plays as it builds his confidence to discover new things by himself. It also shapes him to be self-reliant and self-confident as he grows.
  • Urge him to play with other children as it helps him to learn how to make friends and interact with others. However, you should beware that he may not have grasped the concept of sharing at this stage


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Warning Signs to Look Out For

When should you seek medical help?

You should visit a doctor if you notice your child facing the following issues at 18 months:



  • Difficulty seeing or hearing
  • Does not say a single word
  • Does not follow basic commands
  • Does not point, wave or use any gestures
  • Dislike eye contact or hugs
  • Unable to perform skills that he used to have
  • Unable to walk on his own
  • Uses one hand more than the other


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By the end of 18 months, your toddler can:

  • Listen to stories and looks at pictures
  • Experience a reduced appetite as the growth rate slows
  • Run, but may be uncoordinated, and may fall frequently
  • Walk up stairs, holding on with one hand
  • Take off some clothing items, such as socks or gloves
  • Feed him or herself