My Little Pioneer

By Esther Rachel Lai. - 7/10/2017

In the blink of an eye, Megan is now 18 months old and transitioning quickly from an infant to a toddler (although she'll always be a baby in my eyes). The past 1 and a half years, Megan has developed so rapidly that sometimes, her understanding of what's happening around her takes me by surprise.

My elder child, Kylie, who's 6 this year, also developed and progressed really quickly – well ahead of her peers. I initially thought it was by some stroke of luck that we were blessed with such a bright kid. But then came Megan, and her developmental progress has been equally amazing! This made me stop to think that there must be something that I'm doing right!

Now, if you know me, you'll know I'm not the tiger mom sort who's aggressive on pressing my child to hit her milestones, nor do I stress my child in academics at this young age. I literally don't do anything out of the ordinary, yet both my kids have hit their key milestones at a surprisingly early age. Megan, for example, started walking at 10 months (just like her sister). She also uttered her first word before the age of 1 and her development just keeps getting significantly astonishing - even her infant care teachers are amazed by her growth and progress!

A couple of months ago, I thought I'd just teach her to count to ten for the fun of it but to my surprise, when I said "one, two…" Megan continued on with "three!" and then, "four!" I thought I was mistaken but I kept counting on "five, six…" and when we reached "seven", she responded "eight!" It was so clear that even I was shocked! At the end of "ten" she even clapped her hands and celebrated with a "yay!!!"

I could go on about how much she's grown and how her development never ceases to amaze me, but my point here is that the first five years are more crucial to a child's brain development than we realise. In fact, it's important to set the right foundation for them and not underestimate their potential.

Did you know that 90% of the brain develops from the first five years?

Child development is developed in 4 key areas - cognitive, motor, communication and social, with different parts of the body that are responsible for different abilities developing at different rates. A balanced diet is crucial for well-rounded development and your child needs vital fatty acids like DHA, which is an important block for brain and eye development.

Considering that I don't do anything out of the ordinary to stimulate my child's development, I believe it might have something to do with their diet that acts as a catalyst for their development. Just like a tree needs nutrients to grow, a child’s brain needs the right nutrition and stimulation to reach its full potential. Nutrition lays the groundwork for overall development.

My parenting style has changed over the years, but something that has remained a constant both then and now, is the formula milk I've stuck to since 2011.

Since Kylie's time, I've been giving her Enfagrow A+ even up until today. When it was Megan’s turn, I gave her Enfagrow A+ as well and it never dawned upon me to switch to other brands of formula milk. Enfagrow A+ has been my formula milk powder of choice since day 1.

Being a mom has taught me a lot. I never knew so much before I became a mom and I'm still learning new things about my child every day. Although I believe academics are equally important, I've always been more street smarts than book smarts.

For me, I believe that exposing my children to different experiences, sights and sounds at this age is crucial and aids in their development journey. I can't wait to see how my #LittlePioneers are going to blaze the roads ahead of them in the future, and although I don't have high expectations about who or what I want my girls to be when they grow up, I believe that they are going to go places and achieve great things with their future aspirations. No matter what, I will always be there for them just as I am now, laying the foundation for them in the best possible way - even with my choice of formula milk.

For moms who are keen on trying out Enfagrow A+ for your child, you can request a sample and learn more in the link below!

This post is brought to you by: Mead Johnson, Enfagrow A+ with 360°DHA PLUS

*Dekaban, A. S. and Sadowsky, D. (1978), Changes in brain weights during the span of human life: Relation of brain weights to body heights and body weights. Ann Neurol., 4: 345–356. doi:10.1002/ana.410040410

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  1. You are a great mom! Even with your choice to feed formula. ;) I decided to do so, too. But I go with organic formula with soy from, because my boy dont tolerate cow milk. Thanks a lot for your blod, I like to read here once in a while. :)

    Best wishes