One-stop resource portal on infant care

Parents will soon get tips on infant care, such as how to sterilise milk bottles and change diapers, from an online portal set up by the People's Association (PA).

The portal, which will be rolled out in phases to all constituencies by the end of next year, aims to be a one-stop resource for best practices on infant care, said PA chief executive director Ang Hak Seng Saturday.

The initiative was announced at a parenthood event at Pasir Ris Elias Community Club.

Within the portal, each constituency will have its own website to include information such as the nearest babysitting services, infant care centres and paediatricians available to parents, said Mr Ang.

"Many young couples today rely on parents, extended family or confinement ladies to help them look after babies" but they are "very anxious" about the extra resources that they can tap, he said.

In addition, the PA also hopes to conduct workshops and operate a helpline for young parents.

It is partnering Thomson Medical and KK Women's and Children's Hospital for these initiatives and is looking to work with other partners such as local clinics, Mr Ang said.

Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean, who attended the event, said while the Government can do its part in providing housing and childcare services for parents, the decision to get married and raise children is "ultimately a very personal decision. So we want to leave them as much room as possible, and give them as encouraging an environment as possible, for them to do so."

Mr John Paul Li, 33, who has a third child on the way, said workshops will be useful for young parents. The development manager, who was with his wife, said: "Instead of relying on a nanny to help you, it is best to do your own homework such as reading up and attending workshops."

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