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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Changes to See at Age Three

Ready for everything

Inquisitive and often pleasant, pushing at the boundaries, ready to make friends, and keeping you busy as always, they keep growing up fast! By the end of 36 months, your toddler should:

  • Climb well
  • Walk up and down stairs
  • Pedal a tricycle
  • Turn book pages one at a time
  • Build a tower of more than 6 blocks
  • Hold a pencil in a writing position
  • Recognize and know the words for most common objects
  • Use 4- and 5-word sentences
  • Complete puzzles with 3 or 4 pieces
  • Match objects in a room with pictures in a book
  • Express affection for playmates
  • Not like major changes in routine
  • Understand positional relationships (on, under, above)
  • Separate easily from you
  • Have started the potty training process