What’s on for families during Baby Week Leeds 2019? (2nd-9th Nov)
Baby Week Leeds returns for a fourth year (2nd to 9th November 2019), bringing together parents and professionals to celebrate and showcase the wealth of services, support, activities and groups for babies and their families across the city.
The aim of Baby Week is to raise awareness of the importance of high quality early years support and best practice for healthy mental and physical growth and development.
If you’ve never been, it’s a lovely week-long festival with over 100 events across the city, including lots of free things to do for babies and their families, plus information on everything new parents might need to know to enjoy becoming a family in Leeds.
The Baby Week concept was first brought to the UK in 2016 by our very own Maternity Voices Partnership (MVP Leeds) chair and Womens Health Matters project coordinator, Lucy Potter, who adapted the principles she’d seen first hand at the UNICEF-supported “Semana do Bebe” (Baby Week) festivals in Brazil.
There are also daily activities at local Children’s Centres, including baby massage, baby bonding, baby raves, rhyme time, breastfeeding groups, stay & plays, storytelling and singing, messy play and workshops on topics such as ‘Understanding your baby’ and ‘Starting solids’. Click here for the full Children’s Centres Baby Week programme.
This year will also see the launch of ‘FaceMums’, a Facebook support and chat group for new mums giving online access to midwives. The Baby Box initiative and interactive ‘50 things to do before 5’ app have been launched at previous events.
And the new Baby Champion will be announced. So if your baby is born within our baby week, please get in touch with the team (firstname.lastname@example.org) and your baby could be our Baby Champion next year!
The event has now been running for four years and other UK cities are following suit and setting up their own events. Baby Week Leeds is a registered charity, which is made up of different representatives from professions across the city including academic, midwifery, public health, children’s centres and local government. Find out more here.