Breastmilk is the best for babies. The World Health Organisation recommends 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. After six months of age, infants should receive age-appropriate 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.​

Regular exercise supports the immune system

Running around, toddler gymnastics or playing soccer with mom or dad. A day of a child is full of exercises. Some may think exercise weakens the immune system, but that is not true. In fact, regular exercise supports the immune system and prepares your child’s body for the germs that it might encounter.

When your child is exercising, cell turnover increases, stimulating the production of important immune cells. These immune cells play a crucial role in protecting your child from viruses and bacteria.

Incentivise exercise with these entertaining activities

Daily exercise with your child provides a variety of health benefits, also for you as a parent! While it might sound difficult to exercise every day, it does not have to be. The following four entertaining and laidback activities can be easily implemented in your daily routine.

  1.  A short walk around the block. There are many ways to make it more joyful, like collecting pebbles or leaves, picking flowers, spotting insects, or playing a classic game of “I spy”.  
  2.  Play a game of tag with your toddler. Playing a game of tag is not only amusing, it also makes for a good running exercise (for the both of you ;)). 
  3.  Go to the playground. The playground is the perfect spot for exercise! Your child can climb, go for a swing, or go down the slide. 
  4.  Dance together. Put on some music and work those hips! Aside from dancing being an entertaining exercise, listening to music supports cognitive development. Win-win!

For safety reasons, always keep a close eye on your child while participating in these entertaining activities and follow your local COVID-19 measures. 

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