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.

Our Baby Website mentions food, toddler milks and sometimes infant formula.

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Practical Parenting

There are many ways of parenting, many documented official techniques, others loosely based on how we grew up ourselves, and then there are those somewhere in between. It’s pretty fair to say the common thread between all of the techniques is that of encouraging some level of independence in your child so they can eventually leave the nest a well adjusted adult – and this is practical parenting.

Giving your baby independence

Toddler girl putting on her own shoes

You’ve probably seen the signs. Grabbing a spoon during meals, pulling their socks off right after you put them on, and turning the pages of their favorite book.

These are cues of independence and are completely normal. And although it may be frustrating and time-consuming to let them “do it themselves,” it will help your baby later if you give them a little independence now.

As your older baby reaches this age of independence, here are a few tasks you can let your baby do by themselves. But remember, even an independent toddler should never be left alone. So always stay within reach.

Let them brush their teeth with a toddler-size toothbrush

Cute little girl brushing teeth Show your baby how you brush your own teeth, and they’ll try to do the same. Don’t expect perfection just yet. It’s the learning that counts. Be sure to help them finish the job.

Let them wash their own hands

Place a stool in front of the sink, let lukewarm water run slowly, and show your baby how to dispense and use liquid soap. Bar soaps aren’t a good idea yet because they’re so slippery, and some actually look like snacks to a 1-year-old.

Let them feed themselves

Little boy eating breakfastThis is a great age to let your baby experiment with food. Try new snacks that they can pick up with their fingers to practice feeding themselves.

Also, try letting them experiment with a spoon. Thick foods work best for this so try your baby’s favorite yoghurt thickened with baby cereal. Give them a couple of baby spoons and then let them try using them.

Let them clean up their toys

If you’re lucky, they’ll think it’s all in good fun. Sing a cleanup song every time you do it, and before you know it they’ll be singing along with you.

Resist the temptation to help, and take lots of pictures

Give it time

Life with a toddler who insists on doing things for themselves can be exhausting. It would be faster for you to wash them, feed them, and dress them, but in the long run you’ll be glad you taught them so much at this early age. So for now praise their accomplishments, allow extra time for independent tasks, resist the temptation to help, and take lots of pictures.

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