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.

Know your baby’s nutritional needs and download our 'Breastfeeding' brochure here

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 Growth

Understanding Toddler Growth

Lovely toddler girl cleanng the roomYour 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 the key indicators of healthy growth.  Often this will happen at your child health nurse appointments.

Provide your toddler with opportunities to play and explore safely

You will notice your toddler is more on the move and with this increased activity their body fat begins to change in to lean muscle – unless of course their diet is unbalanced and their intake is not matched by what they burn off through activity.

As your toddler gets older (24 – 36 months), they will desire to be more independent – tantrums may increase as boundaries and rules are reinforced. It is important to have boundaries and rules even though your toddler will do their best to break them.

Your toddler doesn’t understand the need to eat regular servings of nutritious food and get sleep to have energy and maintain co-ordination – that is your job and why routines can be important. Whingy and clingy behaviour escalates when days aren’t balanced as the risk of inadequate sleep and food intake is increased.

What you can do to help your toddler grow

  • Offer healthy food options;
  • Offer water over juice or fizzy drinks;
  • Avoid processed foods, foods high in sugar and takeaways as much as possible;
  • Follow a routine and continue rest time during the day even if your toddler doesn’t actually sleep, toddlers love consistency;
  • Encourage physical activity;
  • Limit television and electronic games under 2 years old and restrict time spent watching television from two years old;
  • Your toddler will need around 12 – 14 hours of sleep a day (many toddlers may still have a daytime nap);
  • Provide your toddler with opportunities to play and explore safely – they have no concept of danger and need protection from injury;
  • Encourage and praise your little ones efforts;
  • Have your toddler help you with simple physical activities around the house, such as sweeping the floor and washing up and putting away their clothes. Turn learning a new skill into a game so that it’s fun for both of you.

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