Nutricia Research Shows: Your Baby's Future Health is in Your Hands

Every mother wants the best for her baby. Current research suggests that a maximum of 20% of a baby's future health is determined by their genes. And at least 80% is influenced by environmental factors in the baby's early years. It’s possible to positively influence these factors from the beginning, where diet plays a critical role.


The latest research into Early Life Nutritional Programming has found that nutrition plays a decisive role in the lifelong health of your baby, particularly in the period from conception to their second birthday.  The first 1,000 days of life is the most rapid period of growth for key building blocks for your baby, in particular their brain, metabolism and immune system.

What is ENP?

Early Life Nutritional Programming: Nutricia’s research into early life nutrition studies the influence that a mother and child’s diet, has on a baby’s future heath.

As mother of a toddler, what this means for you is: feeding your toddler the right foods during the second year of life can have considerable influence on his or her future health. Take advantage of this valuable opportunity and start contributing to your child's future health!

The first 1,000 days are a great opportunity


The first 1,000 days — from pregnancy to early childhood — is a unique period during which epigenetic processes play an important role. During this sensitive phase, it is possible to positively influence the development of key building blocks of your child's health — metabolism, the brain and the immune system — with the right nutrition and reduce the risk of illness later in life.

Take advantage of this opportunity and start contributing to your child's future health!

Take advantage of this opportunity in toddlerhood

From about 10 months onwards, you should start introducing your child to the foods the rest of your family eats. It’s the start of a new stage in your child’s nutrition with plenty of opportunities for your child to try healthy and nutritious foods.

Toddlers need foods that are appropriate for their age and which contain the nutrients they need for the development of their brain, immune system and metabolism. They are quite different from adults Examples of nutrients which are especially important for toddlers include iodine, calcium and vitamins A, C and D.

The golden rule for unlocking this potential is: toddlers aren't tiny adults.

For this reason, you should make sure that plenty of fruit, vegetables and fatty saltwater fish (at least once a week) are on the menu. Fish contains iodine, vitamin D and valuable omega-3 fatty acids, which are long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids (LCPUFA) . Feeding your toddler a mix of foods appropriate for his or her age provides them with plenty of essential nutrients for the growth and development of the brain, metabolism and the immune system. This way you can enjoy the time with your child in the confidence of knowing that you are giving them the very best.

And we'll be there with plenty of information and services to help you lay the foundation for your child's future health with the right diet and integrate the latest Nutricia findings on early childhood nutrition into your everyday life.

Take advantage of this opportunity to give your toddler the best possible chance at a happy life: lots of love — and good health.

Did you know?

Relative to their bodyweight, your toddler may need up to 7 times more nutrients than you, even though their stomach is only about the size of a tangerine.

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