Super dads! You have the power to build your babies’ brains

#EarlyMomentsMatter

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In the first 1,000 days, babies’ brains form new connections at an astounding rate: up to 1,000 every single second – a pace never repeated again.

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 this Father’s Day UNICEF is calling on governments and companies for greater investment in policies that give dads, and all parents, the time and support they need to nurture their babies.

The first 1,000 days have a lasting effect on a child’s future. We have one chance to get it right.

For every child, early moments matter.

 

 


Parenting tips from around the world. What’s yours?


 

What puts a smile on your baby’s face? What’s your go-to game? Have a recipe that’s both healthy and yummy?

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David Beckham shares his journey as a dad


  

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UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador David Beckham gives a personal account of his experiences as a father.

 

The most important phase of life


 

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In the first 1,000 days, babies’ brains form new connections at an astounding rate: up to 1,000 every single second – a pace never repeated again.
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What’s the most important phase of life? Join UNICEF scientist Dr. Pia Britto and her friend Grover, a cute, furry little monster from Sesame Street to find out!

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