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Baby growth and development guide

Giving your baby a strong start through bonding, growth, and development

What you feed your baby is just one part of giving her a strong start. Learn how to engage your baby's growing cognitive, emotional, social, and physical abilities.

 
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How your baby's food sources should change in the first year

Learn how different foods — from breast milk to vegetables, and more — can help your baby grow through the first year, and why your baby needs them.

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Activities to help your baby's growth and development

You can start encouraging cognitive development from the day you bring your baby home. Here are different activities to try for every development stage of your baby's first year.

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Explore Wee Gallery® with your baby

Created exclusively for Similac®, the whimsical, high-contrast images in the Wee Gallery Peek-a-boo Collection were created especially for your baby's growing eyes to help stimulate brain development.

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How to bond with your baby through the first year

Find out why bonding with your baby is so important. And learn simple ways to play, interact, and achieve developmental milestones at the same time.

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Join today for advice, support, and up to $329* in benefits
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  • Expert nutrition guidance and support from pregnancy through baby's first year 
  • Enroll today to receive your free Shutterfly® Pregnancy Journal Photo Book, a $35 value
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