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Start 4 Life, pregnancy

nhs.uk/start4life/pregnancy/

Whatever you want to know about being pregnant, from early pregnancy signs to which prenatal vitamins you should take, you should find it here. There's an essential guide and lots of free tools for having a healthy, happy baby.

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Start 4 life, baby

nhs.uk/start4life/baby/

Whatever you want to know about parenthood, from breastfeeding to when your baby will have their first vaccinations, you should find it here.

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Henry, healthy start, brighter future

henry.org.uk/parents

The early years have life-long effects on health and wellbeing. HENRY supports families to provide the best possible start in life for babies and children

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Introducing solids

nhs.uk/start4life/weaning/

Starting your baby on solid foods. Introducing your baby to solid foods, also referred to as weaning or complementary feeding, starts when your baby is around 6 months old.

Your baby should be introduced to a varied diet, alongside their usual breast milk or first infant formula. Download the introducing solids leaflet here. Introducing solids

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National Child Measurement Programme (NCMP)

nhs.uk/live-well/healthy-weight/national-child-measurement-programme/

The National Child Measurement Programme (NCMP) measures the height and weight of children in Reception and Year 6 in schools across England. The information collected allows services to plan how to support families to lead healthy lives.

What Happens in Torbay?

A specially trained member of the Healthy Child Programme will attend your child’s school to carry out the measurements.

  • The measurements are completed sensitively and in private. Your child is not told the results.
  • The results are kept confidential and are not shared with any teachers or other children.
  • You will be sent a letter if your child’s body mass index (BMI) centile, is not in the healthy range. This letter includes next steps with links to helpful information.
  • You are given the opportunity to opt your child out of the NCMP. Information about how to opt out are given in a letter or email from your child's school. 

Who can help?

If you are concerned about your child’s weight or eating habits and feel you need support, you can contact the Healthy Child Programme by calling 0300 333 5352 . Our opening hours are 8am-6pm Monday-Friday (excluding bank holidays)

Alternatively you can go to see your GP to discuss concerns.

NCMP pre-measurement leaflet

Action for Children
Healthy Eating & Nutrition

parents.actionforchildren.org.uk/nutrition-and-healthy-eating/

Here you will find useful information on breastfeeding, formula feeding, weaning and healthy eating which can be filtered to find the relevant information for your baby’s age.

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Breastfeeding - Unicef

unicef.org.uk/babyfriendly/about/breastfeeding-in-the-uk/

Find out about breastfeeding rates in the UK and our work to improve them.

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Start for Life - Breastfeeding

nhs.uk/start4life/baby/breastfeeding/

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