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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.

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Dutch Lady Nutri Plan Explore (2-4 Years) supports your child’s natural body resistance and brain functions.

Dutch Lady Explore™ (2-4 Years)

At ages 2-4, children become more active and start exploring their surroundings. At this stage, they begin to understand why things are the way they are by tasting and touching them again and again which challenges their natural body resistance. Brain development is important in this phase as they start applying what they have learnt from their surroundings.

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Smart Milestones:

From ages 2-4, children begin:
  • Solving simple puzzles
  • Recognising and pointing to familiar surrounding objects
  • Matching shapes and objects

Key Nutrients:

Help support immunity and brain functions of children:
  • DHA
  • Magnesium
  • Selenium
  • Vitamin D
  • Zinc

Flavours and Pack Sizes

Available in:
  • Plain
  • Honey
650g & 900g
Available in:
  • Plain
  • Honey
  • Chocolate
^Source : Malaysia Recommended Nutrient Intakes (RNI) for children 1-3 years old (based on average 945 kcal)
^Source : Malaysia Recommended Nutrient Intakes (RNI) for children 1-3 years old (based on average 945 kcal)
Average composition Per 100g Per serving 220ml Per 100g Per serving 220ml Per 100g Per serving 200ml
Energy 450kcal
Protein 16.5g 6.6g 16.5g 6.6g 16.0g 7.7g
L-tryptophan 225mg 90mg 225mg 90mg 215mg 103mg
L-tyrosine 895mg 358mg 895mg 358mg 830mg 398mg
(Tryptophan : Tyrosine)
1 : 4 1 : 4 1 : 4 1 : 4 1 : 3.9 1 : 3.9
Fat 15.3g 6.1g 15.3g 6.1g 14.3g 6.9g
Comprising of
Monounsaturated fatty acid 6.4g 2.6g 6.4g 2.6g 5.8g 2.8g
Polyunsaturated fatty acid 2.5g 1.0g 2.5g 1.0g 2.2g 1.1g
Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) 50mg 20mg 50mg 20mg 38mg 18.2mg
Linoleic acid (Omega 6) 2035mg 815mg 2035mg 814mg 1750mg 840mg
α-Linolenic acid (Omega 3) 280mg 112mg 280mg 112mg 240mg 115mg
Saturated fatty acid 6.4g 2.6g 6.4g 2.6g 6.3g 3.0g
Trans fatty acid 0.14g 0.06g 0.14g 0.06g 0.13g 0.06g
Carbohydrate 60.5g 24.2g 60.5g 24.2g 60g 28.8g
Sucrose 0g 0g 0g 0g 12.3g 5.9g
Sialic Acid (SA) 85mg 34mg 85mg 34mg 75mg 36mg
Dietary Fibre 0.5g 0.2g 0.5g 0.2g 2.6g 1.2g
Fructo-oligosaccharide (FOS) 0.5g 0.2g 0.5g 0.2g 0.41g 0.20g
Moisture 3.5g 3.5g 3.5g
Calcium 615mg 246mg 615mg 246mg 500mg 240mg
Iron 6.5mg 2.6mg 6.5mg 2.6mg 6.5mg 3.1mg
Magnesium 84mg 34mg 84mg 34mg 89mg 43mg
Zinc 4.3mg 1.7mg 4.3mg 1.7mg 3.2mg 1.5mg
Iodine 115µg 46µg 115µg 46µg 88μg 42μg
Selenium 21µg 8.4µg 21µg 8.4µg 16μg 7.7μg
A total 395µg-RE 158µg-RE 395µg-RE 158µg-RE 355μg-RE 170μg-RE
Retinol 355µg 142µg 355µg 142µg 320μg 154μg
β-carotene 225µg 90µg 225µg 90µg 190μg 91μg
D3 8.5µg 3.4µg 8.5µg 3.4µg 7.0μg 3.4μg
E 9.1mg 3.6mg 9.1mg 3.6mg 7.5mg 3.6mg
K1 37µg 14.8µg 37µg 14.8µg 28μg 13.4μg
B1 610µg 244µg 610µg 244µg 475μg 228μg
B2 635µg 254µg 635µg 254µg 550μg 264μg
Niacin 9.0mg-NE 3.6mg-NE 9.0mg-NE 3.6mg-NE 7.2mg-NE 3.5mg-NE
B6 600µg 240µg 600µg 240µg 475μg 228μg
Folic acid 185µg 74µg 185µg 74µg 130μg 62μg
Pantothenic acid 2.6mg 1.0mg 2.6mg 1.0mg 2.3mg 1.1mg
B12 1.8µg 0.7µg 1.8µg 0.7µg 1.5μg 0.7μg
Biotin 12µg 4.8µg 12µg 4.8µg 11μg 5.3μg
C 100mg 40mg 100mg 40mg 100mg 48mg
Choline 90mg 36mg 90mg 36mg 80mg 38mg
Inositol 130mg 52mg 130mg 52mg 95mg 46mg
Taurine 65mg 26mg 65mg 26mg 53mg 25mg
  • Does the Dutch Lady 4-Step Nutri Plan™ with 5X DHA* range still contain the same DHA level compared to previous formulation (5x DHA)?
    Yes, our products still contain as much DHA compared to the previous range (5x DHA). We have even increased the DHA levels for Dutch Lady Explore™ (tailored for child 2-4 years).
  • What are "Smart Milestones"?
    Children learn and acquire smartness as they develop mentally. Smart Milestones are the achievements of a child from ages 1 – 6+ years old
  • What do you mean by tailored nutrition for smart milestones?
    Tailored Nutrition for Smart Milestones means that the nutrition has been tailored to help support the child's development each smart milestone.
  • I am not sure which product is most suitable for my child.
    Below is a guide to help parents choose which formula to feed their child according to age:

    1 year old (12-23 months)
    Dutch Lady Curious™ (1-2 years)

    2 years old (24-35 months)
    Dutch Lady Explore™ (2-4 years)

    3 years old (36-47 months)
    Dutch Lady Explore™ (2-4 years)

    4 years old
    Dutch Lady Create™ (4-6 years)

    5 years old
    Dutch Lady Create™ (4-6 years)

    6 years old
    Dutch Lady Learn™ (6 years and above)
  • How do I help my child adapt to the new formula easily?

    Day 1 – 3:

    • Continue regular feeding routine with existing milk formula for the 1st and 3rd feed.
    • Use Dutch Lady 4-Step Nutri Plan™ˇ with 5X DHA* for the 2nd feed.

    Day 4 – 6:

    • Continue regular feeding routine with existing milk formula for the 1st feed.
    • Use Dutch Lady 4-Step Nutri Plan™ˇ with 5X DHA* for the 2nd and 3rd feed.

    Day 7 onwards:

    • Congratulations! Dutch Lady 4-Step Nutri Plan™ˇ with 5X DHA* is now your child’s daily milk feed.
  • How can I encourage my child to look people in the eye when talking to them?
    Before this stage, your child may not be able to grasp the importance of looking people in the eye when talking to them. He may look away to avoid being overwhelmed by guilt if he's done something wrong. Or he may be too excited upon receiving a gift and forget to look at the person who gave it to him. One way to get his attention is to use a puppet to help him focus when you talk to him. Or you can explain to him that it is good manners and polite to look people in the eye when speaking to them as it also lets them know that you are listening. Eventually, he'll learn that when he treats others with respect, they will treat him the same way.
  • How do I keep my child’s material wants in check?
    With all the advertising around us, it’s easy to see why kids are constantly saying, “I want this!” One way of keeping this type of mentality and behaviour in check is to focus on giving gifts as much as getting them.
    • Demonstrate sharing and generosity.
    • Talk to your child about other people’s wants and needs.
    • Praise your child when she is generous.
    • Do not make a big fuss if your child doesn’t share. Gently let her know you’re disappointed and remind her to share the next time.
    • Keep some of your child’s favourite toys so she knows those are just for her and that she doesn’t have to share them.
    • Let your child learn from her peers that selfish behaviour will gain her no friends.
  • How can I get my child to follow rules?
    When it comes to rules, helping your child understand “why” will definitely make it easier for her to follow them. Explain the reasons to her. Keep your rules clear and consistent; most of all, be patient and give her time to learn to follow them. She'll need plenty of reminders, but praise her when she obeys your rules.
  • When will my toddler learn to draw?
    Learning to draw is a gradual development. As your child’s fine motor skills evolve, so will grip and control of his drawing instrument. During this stage, he will be able to hold a crayon or brush with his thumb and first 2 fingers. Initially, he will most likely finish his drawing then tell you what it is he has drawn. As he grows, he will plan what he is going to draw before he starts. This shows that he knows the pictures he draws can convey meaning.

    To encourage your toddler to draw, give him big sheets of paper, thick sturdy crayons, washable markers, and paints. Let him experiment and explore, mix the colours, scribble, and doodle freely. This will give him a sense of confidence and independence. Show him you appreciate his creations by praising his works and displaying them around the house.
  • When should I put a stop to my childs thumb-sucking?
    There's no need for you to stop your child from sucking her thumb. Thumb-sucking begins before birth, in the uterus, and helps babies cope with tension. When your child finds other ways to comfort herself, she will give up sucking her thumb naturally. This will likely happen sometime in the next stage. Even then, expect your child to suck her thumb at night or when stress overwhelms her
  • How can I get my toddler to behave well?
    Lots of hugs, encouragement and praise for your toddler when he’s good might just do the trick. It doesn’t mean you’re spoiling him; you’re just building his confidence when you praiseBuild his confidence by praising him, and he will more likely want to please you by behaving well.

    When praising your child, acknowledge the small efforts, and be specific and honest about what you’re praising him for. Tell him immediately, otherwise he will probably forget. You could also use a reward system to encourage good behaviour. Rewards are most effective when the reward:

    • is valued by your toddler;
    • is given straight away;
    • is given every time the behaviour happens;
    • isn’t taken away once you've given it.
  • How can I better manage my toddler’s tantrums?
    It’s perfectly normal for toddlers to have temper tantrums. It’s part of growing up. Help your child learn to cope with emotions and control his actions by:
    • distracting him immediately if you notice he’s about to launch into a tantrum;
    • be firm if you’ve told him “no” and he throws a tantrum;
    • staying calm and remove your toddler from the situation if a meltdown occurs in public.
  • Is it all right for my son to play with toy guns?
    There is no study linking pretend gunplay to future violent behaviour. In fact, most experts think that by disallowing gunplay altogether, parents drive it underground and give it more power and desirability. Here’s how you can let your child experiment with a toy gun without letting things get out of hand.
    • Never shame your child if he wants to play with pretend guns, and if you want to, get him to talk about his perspective honestly.
    • Avoid realistic commercial toy guns and use props that can easily transform into many other things.
    • Share with your child ways of problem solving that are not hurtful physically and emotionally. He may think that “killing off” the bad guys will solve problems.
    • Make the decision together with your child not to engage in pretend gunplay. Explain to him that real guns can kill and that you feel nervous even when it’s just pretend play.

    Most of all, understand that this is a phase and that beneath all that “Bang! Bang!” and bravado, there's also curiosity and vulnerability.

  • How can I teach my child to share?
    Here’s what you can do to encourage your child to share:
    • Make sharing part of fun and games;
    • Do not punish or force your child to share;
    • Talk through and find out the reason for not sharing;
    • Pre-empt and prepare for play dates;
    • Lead by example by also respecting your child's things.
  • What can I do to help boost my child’s physical and mental development?
    Here are some activities that can help build and refine your child’s motor skills and , build strength and cognitive development:
    • Walking, running, and jogging as a family improves coordination and strength in a fun way.
    • Building sandcastles, especially with little details, helps build patience and motor skills.
    • Playing with water, especially if it allows the child to run around e.g. a water gun activity, is a fun way to get some exercise in.
    • Building an obstacle course with pillows, cushions, buckets and cardboard boxes at home with your child and playing with him as he navigates it fosters imagination as well as being a fun activity.
    • Playing ball or a similar sport is great for building motor skills.
    • Dancing to music is a fun family activity that improves coordination.
    • Washing the car or toys together is a great way to introduce chores in a fun and beneficial way.
    • Working on family art and craft projects builds motor skill while letting the family spend precious time together.
    • Engage in simple puzzle solving activity.
    • Play match and sort objects.
  • How can I help my child master writing?
    Practise writing with your child once she’s able to hold a pencil properly and use it. She needs to grow and strengthen the muscles in her hands and wrists, and use them with control. Her dexterity, however, can be developed quicker and better by:
    • letting her use a whisk, measuring cups and a spatula or spoon, when you cook;
    • teaching her to dress and undress dolls or teddy bears;
    • stringing beads or pasta to make a necklace;
    • kneading and playing with dough;
  • Is my child having night terrors or nightmares?
    Night terrors often occur in the first few hours of sleep, during deep non-dream sleep. Your child may suddenly sit upright in her bed, cry, scream, moan or thrash about with her eyes wide opened, but without really waking up at all. A night terror episode can last 5 to 45 minutes and when it's over, your child will fall back to sleep quickly without memory of it the next morning. Nightmares, on the other hand, happen during the early hours of the morning, during REM. Your child will most likely remember the nightmare, so she’ll need your comforting.
  • What can I do to boost my childs memory, focus and logic?
    Playing together with your little one can help her cognitive skills flourish. Use memory games, logic puzzles, and simple problem solving games to help her focus. After all, children learn best through play.
  • What can I do to help my child grow taller?
    How tall your child will grow is predetermined by genetics. In most cases, children end up between the average of their parents’ heights and the height of the parent of the same sex. What's within your control is making sure your child gets enough of the right nutrition and exercise for him to reach his maximum height. Calcium is extremely important in helping your little one’s bones grow bigger, longer, and stronger.
  • When can I let my child brush her teeth by herself?
    Most children can start to try brushing their teeth by themselves at this stage. Of course, you still have to supervise your child's brushing, but allowing her to have a go at it first makes her feel grown up. Plus, it's a good habit to build upon. Just make sure she only uses a pea-size amount of fluoride toothpaste because she's almost certain to swallow some, and ingesting too much fluoride is not good.
  • My child complains of pain in the leg every now and then even though he has not been hurt. Should I be worried?
    Your child could be experiencing growing pains, which are occasional aches and throbbing pains in the legs, especially in the front of the thighs, behind the knees, and in the calves. They tend to happen in the late afternoon and evening, following days of intense outdoor activity. They can be mild, or strong enough to wake your child up. Giving your child warm compresses and massages, as well as getting him to do some gentle stretching, may help.
  • Why does my toddler hit and bite?
    Biting and hitting others are common among toddlers. They don't understand that they are causing hurt to others when they do that.

    Instead of punishing her harshly, highlight the consequences of her actions. Tell her to come to you when she’s upset about something and when she does, give her your full attention.
  • When will my toddler be ready to learn how to ride a bicycle?
    Build up your toddler’s confidence and sense of balance by letting him ride a tricycle first. Don’t expect him to steer and pedal. Instead, he’ll push himself forward with his feet on the ground.

    The balance bike is also a suitable option for your child at this stage. It has no pedals, but is at just the right height for your toddler to plant both his feet on the ground. This type of bike lets your child find his balance without using training wheels.

    Remember safety is key, and always make sure your child wears a well-fitting helmet.
  • How much exercise does my child need?
    Running, jumping, spinning, chasing, skipping, dancing and wrestling, are all opportunities for your child to get some form of physical activity, learn about his body, as well as burn off some energy. Thankfully, these are also very much part of his active and energetic daily routine at this stage. So planning extra activities for exercise may not be necessary if he’s already getting at least 3 hours of physical activity in a day.

    If you feel your child’s current activities are too sedentary, take him outdoors for some fun under the sun; kick a ball around, play tag, or hit the playground.
  • How can I get my toddler to eat faster?
    You could give her smaller portions of food, and praise her when she finishes what’s on her plate. You can always give her more food if she’s keen.

    If your child has eaten most of her food but hasn’t finished her meal by 30 minutes, you can consider allowing her to leave the table. If you do, try not to let her snack till her next meal, as this will ruin her appetite for a proper meal later.
  • How well should my child be able to talk at this stage?
    At this stage, most children have a vocabulary of around 50 single words and can string together a few words to form short, simple sentences. Certain sounds such as “sh”, “ch” and “th” may prove to be more difficult, but don’t worry as this is normal at this stage.

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