Why the first 1001 days are so important
The first 1001 days of a child’s life, from conception to age two, is a window of opportunity. It is a time of particularly rapid growth and brain development. Leading child health experts agree that the care given during the first 1001 days has more influence on a child’s future than at any other time in their life.
- From around 8 weeks pregnant, babies respond to touch.
- By 23 weeks pregnant, babies can hear sounds from the outside world.
- By the age of 2, a child’s brain is already 80% developed.
To support parents and carers with the important role they play during this time, here are a list of events and links to information, resources and ideas of things to try that can help babies to develop.
More information can be found on the following websites: