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 Age Two

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Two-year olds – twice as delightful, twice as difficult

Parenting your little one through their second year of life takes lots of patience, support from family and friends, and a good sense of humor. Here are some highlights of the time between 12 and 24 months:

  • 18 month milestones
  • 24 month milestones

By the end of the 24 months, your toddler will most likely:

  • Have about 16 teeth (there is a wide variation)
  • Be psychologically ready for toilet training
  • Walk on his or her own
  • Start to run
  • Kick a ball
  • Have a vocabulary of 50 to 300 words (varies widely)
  • Start to form 2- to 4-word sentences
  • Make a tower of more than 4 blocks
  • Enjoy “pretend” play
  • Show growing independence
  • Be able to turn a door knob
  • Scribble with a crayon
  • Begin to sort objects by shapes and colors
  • Carry one or more toys while walking