Welcome to the Nestlé Baby Website

Welcome to our Baby Website where you’ll find lots of information on the wonderful journey of parenthood, from pregnancy, to birth and your child’s early development. Every child’s development is different, so be sure to consult with your health care professional if you have any concerns.

You’ll also find plenty of information about what you can feed your child.

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When it comes to babies, Breastfeeding is best, and provides the ideal balanced diet and protection against illness. During pregnancy and after delivery, a mother’s diet should contain sufficient key nutrients. Professional guidance can be sought on diet and the preparation for and maintenance of breastfeeding. Infant formula is intended to replace breast-milk when mothers do not breastfeed. A decision not to breast-feed, or to introduce partial bottle-feeding, could reduce the supply of breast-milk. Once reduced, it is difficult to re-establish. Infant formula should be prepared and used as directed. Unnecessary or improper use, such as the use of unboiled water, unboiled bottles or incorrect dilution may present a health hazard. Social and financial implications, such as the preparation requirements and the cost of providing formula until 12 months of age, should be considered when choosing how to feed infants.

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Toddler Development

Family sitting on garden seat togetherYour toddler will amaze you more and more every day, they will develop new skills on a daily basis, many of which go unnoticed because there are just too many to keep track of – beginning to talk, walk, run, jump, and of course the dreaded tantrums.  Our chapter on toddler development will cover many different milestones, and while you read on take time to enjoy the ones you’re noticing in your toddler.  Keep in mind though the information in this chapter does not cover every little developmental milestone, if you have any concerns about your toddlers development you should contact your doctor or child health nurse.

At 12 months your baby is now considered a toddler. In addition to physical growth and fine motor development they will experience great social, emotional, language and cognitive development. The speed of growth in these areas may depend on genetics and even their position in the family such as only child, oldest child or youngest of several siblings. Your toddler’s development will also be influenced by the opportunities they have to explore and the type of sensory stimulation they experience.

Understanding Toddler Development

Two of your toddler’s favourite words may be ‘no’ and ‘mine’. They’ll experiment with testing their limits and being more assertive. They may insist on attempting to spoon feed themselves or perhaps show anger when a toy is taken away. Your toddler may be more social or more wary of strangers. They may like meeting new people and following conversations—especially when they can join in. You will probably find that they love being with children their own age. Your toddler has become aware of their individuality and wants to let you and others know. Up until now it was you that made decisions for them but now they will begin to have their own opinion – perhaps a glimpse of the teenage years to come.

All toddlers do not develop the same or in the same way

Your toddler develops daily and each moment they will achieve a little more of a new milestone. Even though milestones are based on research each toddler takes their own time to attain these milestones. As you watch your toddler grow, remember that children develop at different rates. If your toddler isn’t developing like other children of the same age and you are concerned seek professional help.

Toddler Growth

Understanding Toddler Growth Your toddler’s growth rate begins to slow from around 12 months old, although their height and weight will continue to steadily increase. It is important to track your toddler’s length and weight as this is one of …

Cognitive Development in your Toddler

By around 12 months your toddleris able to copy your actions. They can search for hidden objects and have a great interest in their surroundings. By around 18 months your toddler is expanding their language skills by naming things that …

Social & Emotional Development in your Toddler

At around 16 months they start to work out the outcomes and consequences of actions and begin to exhibit their own separate identity and develop their own personality traits. By around 24 – 36 months your toddler develops their own …

Language Development in your Toddler

From around 12 to 20 months your toddler’s speech takes off with a few simple and efficient words with meaning such as finished, no, and more. From around 15 months they will put their first two or three words together …

Physical & Fine Motor Development in your Toddler

By around 18 – 24 months your toddler is usually keen to jump and chase you around the house – some get game and run off. This is the time you need eyes in the back of your head to …

Toddler Tantrums

Your toddler has a very strong desire to get things right. When they are unable to get things to go their way, they get very frustrated and act out what toddlers are famous for — tantrums. Depending on your toddler’s …

Toddler Sleep

Getting Your Toddler to Sleep As your baby grows and becomes a toddler at around 12 months of age, they are much more active. This increased activity and desire to learn can create irregular sleep patterns as they find it …

Eating Development in your Toddler

Oral motor skills By around 12 to 18 months your toddler is able to chew well and swallow food that they lift to their mouth. They will drink from a cup but may need some help. Sit down with them …

Toddler Toys & Games

 Your toddler can be over stimulated or confused by too many toys offered all at once. If you have a lot of toys for toddlers out all the time, try packing half or a third away in containers and rotate …