The First 1000 Days

The first 1000 days, during pregnancy and up to a child’s second birthday, represent a critical part of childhood when we form attachments to our caregivers, learn how to safely explore and trust the world around us, and start to communicate. It is when we see the most rapid phase of brain growth and development and where the foundations are laid down for our future health and wellbeing.


This critical period has a long lasting impact on individuals and families. They shape the destiny for children as they grow up: their educational achievements, their ability to secure an income, their influences on their own children, and their health in older age.


Take a look at the following useful information that may be able to help you during your child's first 1000 days: 


Pregnancy, Maternity and New Parenting section 


Cymraeg i Blant Baby Groups


Bump, Baby and Beyond


10 Steps to a Healthy Weight


Design to Smile (Children's Oral Health Programme)


Safer Sleep (Lullaby Trust)


Parenting - Give It Time


Benefits of Becoming Bilingual


Flying Start


Acorn Project 


Breastfeeding Support Groups


Be Safe Around Dogs


Aneurin Bevan Health Visiting Service


ABUHB Maternity Services


Gwent Parent Infant Mental Health Service


We have also developed a series of information to support you and your child during the first 1000 days and beyond. 




Reduce the Risk of Cot Death


Shaking Your Baby It's Not The Deal


Caring For Your Baby At Night 


Building a Happy Baby





Reduce the Risk of Cot Death


Shaking Your Baby It's Not The Deal


Caring For Your Baby At Night 


Building a Happy Baby


Rotavirus Leaflet


Meningitis B Leaflet


Pneumococcal Vaccine for Children under 2 years Leaflet


6 in 1 (Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis, Polio, Hib and Hepatitis B Vaccine for Babies and Children) Leaflet


What To Expect After Immunisations Leaflet


Baby Incredible Years Leaflet





Baby Nosh (Weaning) Leaflet


Tiny Tums (0-5s Healthy Eating) Leaflet


Menu Planner 1 (Baby's First Foods)


Menu Planner 2 (Baby's First Family Meals)


Home Safety (Keep In Mind) Leaflet





ABUHB Speech & language information (dummy facts)


Measles, Mumps, Rubella Leaflet


Hib/Men C at 12-13 Months Leaflet





Design To Smile (Children's Oral Health Programme)


ABUHB Speech & language (Dummy facts) 





Incredible Toddlers  


ABUHB Speech & language (dummy facts)


Toilet Training Leaflet


School Nursery Application Form





Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis and Polio Vaccine for Children Before they Start School Leaflet


Toilet Training leaflet


Monmouthshire 30 hours Childcare Offer - Childcare Funding available to children the term following their third birthday.





Design To Smile (Children's Oral Health Programme)




 We also have a full range of activities and classes for families to attend during the first 1000 days.  Check them out here.