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Your baby's developmental milestones

As your child grows and develops, you’re likely to have thousands of questions — “when will my baby start walking?” or “when can my baby eat solid foods?”. We’re here to help. 

Every baby is unique, but the science is clear: In the first 1,000 days of life, your baby’s brain develops faster than at any other time. Early moments matter and their effects can last a lifetime. 

Get ready to find out all about your baby’s journey during these exciting first two years of life. 

UNICEF - click here

Why breastfeeding matters...

Exclusive breastfeeding for 6 months has many benefits for the infant and mother. Chief among these is protection against gastrointestinal infections which is observed not only in developing but also industrialized countries. Early initiation of breastfeeding, within 1 hour of birth, protects the newborn from acquiring infections and reduces newborn mortality. The risk of mortality due to diarrhoea and other infections can increase in infants who are either partially breastfed or not breastfed at all.

Breast-milk is also an important source of energy and nutrients in children aged 6–23 months. It can provide half or more of a child’s energy needs between the ages of 6 and 12 months, and one third of energy needs between 12 and 24 months. Breast milk is also a critical source of energy and nutrients during illness, and reduces mortality among children who are malnourished.

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International Association of Infant Massage (South Africa)

Benefits of massage for babies:

  • Supports the bonding process.
  • Improves the blood circulation & digestion.
  • Sends a message of unconditional love & acceptance.
  • The baby learns how to relax and become more calm.
  • The baby feels that it is respected and his/her needs are cared for and considered.
  • Can improve sleep patterns.
  • Improves self-esteem and self-image.
  • Furthering of the development of the digestive tract and the respiratory organs.
  • Reduction of colic symptoms and digestive problems.
  • Improves muscle tone.
  • Sensory stimulation & integration

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