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The first 1000 days upon the birth of babies are of paramount importance. In each second, there are 1000 neuron connections being built and developed in the babies' brain. Yet, such a rapid growth rate could hardly be found in any other developmental phase afterwards. With every hug and every kiss, with every nutritious meal and game you play, you’re helping to build your baby’s brain. Early moments matter and every moment counts, which is why UNICEF is calling on governments and companies for greater investment in policies that give all parents, especially dads, sufficient time and support for them to nurture their babies. The first 1,000 days have a significant effect on a child’s future. We only have one chance to get it right and tight. For every child, early moments matter.


Food for Thought:

  1. What do you think are the most important elements in a baby’s first 1000days?

  2. Why do you think the early moments are that important in a baby’s development?

  3. What are some of the measures we could do to ensure every baby’s first 1000days are well taken care of?