Helping parents and caregivers understand why the first 1,000 days matter.

Parents and caregivers are the most important and influential people in a young child’s life. They help shape a child’s health and development in a multitude of ways, especially when it comes to how they feed the babies and toddlers in their care. Along with the right support, parents need the right information at the right time in order to make decisions about feeding their children.

Based on research we conducted, we know that parents are hungry for trusted and practical resources to help them feed their little ones, but they often get conflicting or confusing messages. This led us to build a campaign to empower moms, dads and other caregivers with the knowledge and skills they need to nourish strong beginnings.

In the U.S. and around the world, we are fighting to:

  • 1,000 Days teamed up with experts at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to create baby and toddler feeding resources.

  • We develop and share bite-sized how-to guides for parents on the what, when and how to feed babies.

  • 1,000 Days advocates for evidence-based dietary guidelines for pregnant women and children under 2.

  • We partner with groups to educate expectant mothers and parents of young children on the importance of good nutrition in the first 1,000 days.

An organization founded and led by mothers, 1,000 Days is on a mission to help parents give their children the strongest start.

Learn more on how we help parents

Is your baby ready to start eating foods?

Look for these signs to tell that your baby is developmentally ready for foods other than breast milk and infant formula.

Learn more to find out if your baby is ready

What should your baby eat in the first year?

A baby needs to learn to eat variety of food groups, colors and textures.

Learn more to find out what your baby should eat