ITF Support Wave Trust’s 1001 Critical Days Manifesto

The Infant & Toddler Forum are delighted to pledge their support for the Wave Trust’s 1001 Critical Days Manifesto that was launched on the 12th September 2013. This cross-party manifesto sees the four main UK political parties joining forces to recognise the importance of acting early (in the first two years of life) to enhance the outcomes of children. The manifesto emphasises the need for early intervention on the part of parents and all caregivers as these first 1001 days are crucial to development and change. CMO, Sally Davies in her Foreward to the Manifesto explains “as our understanding of the science of development improves, it becomes clearer and clearer how the events that happened to children and babies lead to structural changes that have life-long ramifications”

The 1001 Critical Days Manifesto also highlights research conducted on the positive benefits of early nutrition on cognitive and physical development.

Dr Atul Singhal, Professor of Paediatric Nutrition at the UCL Institute of Child Health and Chair of the ITF said: “We are very pleased to support the 1001 Critical Days Manifesto as we know what happens to children in their earliest years is key to health outcomes in adult life. Optimal nutrition in the first few months or years is vital to a child’s physical and intellectual development. We know that physical and emotional health are interlinked and interdependent and good physical health can be promoted through good nutrition”.

The Infant & Toddler Forum are dedicated to supporting healthy development in infants and understand the importance of early years intervention in nutrition on the wellbeing of children in later life.

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Further Reading

  • Lucy Upton, Specialist Paediatric Dietitian and Nutritionist   Sugar is everywhere, and the trouble is, a lot of the sugar we eat can be hidden in the food we buy – and often in foods we wouldn’t expect! It is no secret that a healthy, balanced and nutritious diet is essential for toddlers’ growth and development, and this includes keeping a close eye on their sugar consumption. The question of just how much sugar is healthy for young children to consume is one on many parents’ lips. Our guide below aims to demystify sugar consumption and provide tips and advice on how to keep your child’s sugar intake within the recommended amounts.
  • Lucy Upton, Specialist Paediatric Dietitian and Nutritionist   Nothing describes a rollercoaster more accurately than the early months with your newborn baby. With the rush of love and amazing bonding experience that many new parents feel also comes numerous unknowns and challenges which can cause high levels of anxiety. Not always having the answer or being unsure of where to look for trusted information can naturally leave some parents feeling stressed and overwhelmed.
  • Lucy Upton, Specialist Paediatric Dietitian and Nutritionist   Vegetarian and vegan diets have become increasingly popular over the past few years, with more and more parents raising their children on a plant-based diet. Toddlers have high-energy needs and small stomachs, so it is important parents know how to ensure their child gets all the nutrients needed for healthy growth and development. The Infant & Toddler Forum are here to help with practical tips and advice for parents considering a vegetarian or vegan diet for their toddler.