Baby Week Leeds 2020

 We love babies! And we want the best for
them. So we work with parents,
professionals and the public to raise awareness of services, advocate for early intervention, promote strategies that

improve outcomes during pregnancy
and in early years, and celebrate success. 

#BabyWeekLeeds #DearFutureYou

CELEBRATING 5 years

with the theme

'Stay Safe, Stay Connected'!

Due to the impact of COVID-19, this year will look a little different, but we still wanted to connect & celebrate with many digital resources and online events!

HIGHLIGHTS FROM 2019

Last year we had over 100 events and activities in Leeds attended by over 1000 individuals during Baby Week Leeds 2019 (2-9 November) 

View the full gallery here >>>

RESOURCES & LINKS

Thank you to partners for sharing resources and information for all.  

Check out the free resources >>>

BABY WEEK BRADFORD

Bradford loved the idea of Baby Week and decided to launch their own. This year their theme is 'Why Wellbeing Matters'.

Find out more here >>>

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BABY WEEK LEEDS 2020

DEAR FUTURE YOU

We've teamed up with the #DearFutureYou campaign and invite you to handwrite a letter to your baby/child about your experience during lockdown & share with other parents/carers using #DearFutureYou. More info below about the digital exhibition.

WIN

All expectant/parents/carers attending the events in the week & entering the #DearFutureYou letters will be entered into the #BabyWeekLeeds prize draw to be in a chance to win a stay with breakfast at the Crowne Plaza Hotel Leeds. 

WEBINARS

PROFESSIONALS

FREE digital conference on Tuesday 10th November - reserve your place here >

PARENTS & PARENTS-TO-BE

Ask the experts event to any any questions, share ideas & have your say, reserve your place here >

BABY WEEK FOREST

We are working with the Leeds City Councils’ Woodland Creation Initiative, Child Friendly Leeds, White Rose Energy and Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS to create a BABY WEEK FOREST and plant a tree for every baby born in 2020! Want to get involved? 

MONDAY 9 NOVEMBER 2020

Zoom with the Museum: Breastfeeding Animals

10:30 am - 11:15 am

Join Natural Science Curator Rebecca on Zoom to find out about Breastfeeding in the Animal Kingdom. Rebecca will show you some of the fascinating taxidermy animals with a virtual tour of Leeds Museums. This is an informal conversation, designed for new parents with babes in arms, or Moses baskets, or whatever is comfortable, from the comfort of your home. Bring a cuppa (if you can reach one), breastfeeding and bottle feeding is of course welcome during the session. Cameras can be turned on or off, and you can ask questions during the session too.

Organised by Leeds City Museum - More details can be found here >>>

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Baby Moo - Taster Session with Moo Music 

Suitable for 0 - 1 years approx.

1:30 - 2pm

Baby Moo - suitable for 0 - 1 years approx.  Experience our original music for some MOOsical fun with your little one. Music is an essential part of every child's development and the 125 original Moo Music songs used at the sessions are positive, uplifting, fun and educational. The interactive sessions will help your child gain confidence and develop memory, language and coordination skills in an exciting, enjoyable and multi-sensory way. 

Find out more by contacting caroline@moo-music.co.uk and more about your local sessions here: https://www.moo-music.co.uk/areas/leeds

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Welcome to Baby Week Leeds 2020: Family friendly LIVE Stream

6pm on Facebook

Join Lucy Potter, founder of Baby Week with some of our favourite partners including Made with Music, Rainbow Factory & Mumbler Leeds for a digital welcome to the 5th Baby Week Leeds! More details to follow.

Organised by Baby Week Leeds - More details can be found here >>>

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Exciting Free Activities by your local Children’s Centre 

Various times     

This year, engage with children centre's and your local group online. Play and explore through lots of fun including exploration and discovery, messy play, sensory play, baby massage and yoga and so much more. 

Booking details & full calendar of events to be shared on 25th October.

Children Centre's in Leeds

TUESDAY 10 NOVEMBER 2020

Best Start | Experiences during Covid-19 | Maternity Conference

Baby Week Leeds 2020 FREE Webinar

12:30 - 15:30pm

The theme for this year is ‘Stay Safe, Stay Connected’! To mark 5 years, Baby Week will focus on five of the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals: good health and well-being, reduced inequality, sustainable cities and communities, climate action and no poverty. The conference welcomes professionals from many backgrounds as well as anyone who has an interest in supporting the best start ambition for all children. Topics include: Mental health & wellbeing, local and national experiences during Covid-19, ​Brain development, early years, health inequalities and hear from Oxford Brain Story and Best Beginnings. 

Online conference details - BOOKING REQUIRED here >>>

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Baby Basics First Aid Taster by Daisy First Aid

10:00 - 11:00am

 Join Nic for a special baby basics first aid class via Zoom. This will include what to do in an emergency, baby recovery position & CPR, baby seizures and spotting signs of Meningitis and Sepsis. 

For more info or to book, www.daisyfirstaid.com/daisy-first-aid-leeds

Organised via Zoom by Daisy First Aid Leeds- 

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Wellbeing For New Parents

10:30 - 11:30am

Everyday self-care ideas for new parents, fun mindfulness activities, Information on local & online wellbeing resources, informal discussions around wellbeing & parenthood in a safe space with a ‘Your Space’ team member.

For more info or to book, please contact Kim on 07341547493 or kimg@touchstonesupport.org.uk Bespoke sessions for groups also available.

Organised via Zoom by Your Space, Touchstone - Please book your place here >>>

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Exciting Free Activities by your local Children’s Centre 

Various times     

This year, engage with children centre's and your local group online. Play and explore through lots of fun including exploration and discovery, messy play, sensory play, baby massage and yoga and so much more. 

Booking details & full calendar of events to be shared on 25th October.

Children Centre's in Leeds

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WEDNESDAY 11 NOVEMBER 2020

Mums Online Cuppa and a Catch-Up with Mumbler

Online - Booking Required

Join us with Leeds Mumbler for a virtual cuppa and catchup! More details to be added soon. In the meantime, check out their fantastic website:  https://www.leedsmumbler.com

Book your place here: 

https://wharfedale.mumbler.co.uk/event/leeds-baby-week-2020-online-cuppa-and-a-chat-for-new-mums-with-mumbler/

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Baby Massage Free Taster Session with MammasCan

1:30pm 

Baby massage is a fantastic way to bond with your baby while learning to ease symptoms of common baby complaints such as teething, colic and indigestion. It is proven to improve baby sleep, reduce crying and also supports baby's body awareness and integration of their senses. 

Please check out their website and book via their contact us page: https://www.mammascan.co.uk/

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Antenatal Class Free Taster Session with MammasCan

2:30pm 

We offer antenatal classes to suit everyone from first time parents onward.  This particular class will touch upon hormones and the stages of labour. We offer movement & relaxation, antenatal education, hypnobirthing and infant feeding support. 

Please check out their website and book via their contact us page: https://www.mammascan.co.uk/

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Bumps and Buggy Fit - Organised by Bumps & Babes

1pm 

Booking required - details to be added soon. Specifically designed low impact exercise class in the great outdoors for pregnant women to keep fit, help with the increasing demands of pregnancy and prepare for birth in a safe, fun and effective way. We pay particular attention to your posture, back and pelvic floor.

More details to follow based on government guidance. Please check out their recent updates here.

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THURSDAY 12 NOVEMBER 2020

Join us for a fun filled Taster Thursday! 

Mixed Moo - Taster Session with Moo Music 

Suitable for 0 - 5 years approx.

10:30 - 11am

Mixed Moo suitable for 0 - 5 years approx.  Enjoyable Interactive MOOsic and MOOvement classes for all ages. Music is an essential part of every child's development and the 125 original Moo Music songs used at the sessions are positive, uplifting, fun and educational. The interactive sessions will help your child gain confidence and develop memory, language and coordination skills in an exciting, enjoyable and multi-sensory way. 

Find out more by contacting caroline@moo-music.co.uk and more about your local sessions here: https://www.moo-music.co.uk/areas/leeds

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Hypnobirthing Taster Session (Includes 15 minute relaxation session)

12 - 1pm

Join in to learn more about the benefits of relaxation for parents and babies during pregnancy, and labour and birth, and how hypnobirthing can provide you with tips and tools towards a positive birth. Includes a 15-minute relaxation session. More information and to book, please contact Emily Smith Family Supportemilysnct@gmail.com

Please book using this form: https://forms.gle/d2qHETwkNizFzRR9A 

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Understanding your new baby - Taster Session with Family Dynamic

1 - 2pm

Have the best relaxed start with your baby by meeting their and your needs. In this virtual taster session you will learn about the transition into this world for your baby, their development and needs in the first months. We will end the sessions giving you tools to help connect with and calm your baby. Emailhello@familydynamic.net or more information. 

Book your place here: https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/understanding-your-new-baby-taster-tickets-125129609029

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No Bake, family bake and nutrition workshop

2 - 2:30pm

LIVE on Facebook

We are Paul and Lizzi, parents with two local businesses; Gold'nBrown, a baking business headed-up by Paul who creates amazing cakes and bakes (we baked the Babyweek event cake last year!) and NutriCoach which qualified Nutritionist and Chef Lizzi runs, providing personalised nutrition plans. The two businesses go together well as Lizzi's coaching focuses on intuitive eating rather than restrictions. We are joining together for Babyweek for a no-bake, bake that the whole family can join-in with. We will be explaining the nutrients in the ingredients as we make granola cups. A tasty snack that will only need oats, oil/butter and honey plus any toppings you'd like to add like chocolate, peanut butter, yoghurt and fruit. 

Further info about NutriCoach services including weaning support is here: https://www.facebook.com/nutricoachmumma/

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Postpartum:  Because becoming a Mother doesn’t end at Childbirth

8 - 9pm

What if we planned for postpartum and our life after becoming a mother, just like we prepare for childbirth? Join me for this free introductory zoom, where we will discuss what it means to be a Mum, juggling modern day life.  We will introduce you to ‘Matrescence’ and the changes women go through when becoming a Mother and their journey through Motherhood. What is Matrescence? Just like the well recognised transition to adolescence, matrescence is life changing, empowering and huge. If you can't make this one, join us on Saturday at 10am.

Please register your interest via this post and a zoom link will be shared with you closer to the event: Http://www.facebook.com/events/3328043050637309 

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FRIDAY 13 NOVEMBER 2020

Ask the experts! Discuss all things maternity, birth and beyond at our webinar

Aimed at expectant and new parents 

11:30 - 12:30

Hear about what we have been doing to improve maternity services and to help families get the best start in life. Tell us about your experiences and help to shape future plans. Ask the experts any questions in our informal q&a session on zoom! There will be the chance to ask the Leeds doctors and midwives any questions which you might have about maternity services. More details to follow.

Online webinar details - BOOKING REQUIRED here >>>

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The Little Gym Leeds - FREE sessions for age 4 months - 12 years

Online & Sessions

Looking for baby and infant activity videos for your child? For every stage of your child’s development – from 4 months to 12 years – The Little Gym offers a diverse line up of classes filled with movement, music, learning and laughter. Your little ones will make friends, reach developmental milestones and build self-confidence while having Serious Fun. Call us to book your first class! Parents join in and enjoy precious learning and play time together.

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL0sBCnDekgo0rtrkXeAnCkgYkB0AHZdKz

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Exciting Free Activities by your local Children’s Centre 

Various times     

This year, engage with children centre's and your local group online. Play and explore through lots of fun including exploration and discovery, messy play, sensory play, baby massage and yoga and so much more. 

Booking details & full calendar of events to be shared on 25th October.

Children Centre's in Leeds

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SATURDAY 14 NOVEMBER 2020

Dear Future You - Digital Campaign

All Day

'Dear Future You’ is an exhibition of handwritten letters from parents and carers to their children during the COVID-19 pandemic. Graphic designer Helen BarlowScott from One Line Design, and a Women Friendly Leeds  Ambassador have partnered with Baby Week, to open the opportunity to parents and carers, in Leeds, who have had their babies in lockdown. We can also share them on social media (anonymously) for people to hear about other experiences and make positive connections. During this pandemic we all face challenges as parents and carers. The loss of physical contact with loved ones, friends, teachers, Grandparents, wider family and friends contributes hugely to this challenge. 

 

By writing a letter for your baby to read in the future the focus is on the new, inspiring hope. Contributors can read each other’s letters, make positive connections and meanings, and nurture a network of support and creativity, through shared experiences. Even though we are not all in the same boat, we are all riding the same storm.

Full details to enter your submissions below.


We have an exciting prize draw sponsored by our partner Crowne Plaza Hotel Leeds open to all parents, carers and expectant parents involved during the week or entering the #DearFutureYou letters, for a chance to WIN an overnight stay with breakfast.

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Postpartum:  Because becoming a Mother doesn’t end at Childbirth

10 - 11am

What if we planned for postpartum and our life after becoming a mother, just like we prepare for childbirth? Join me for this free introductory zoom, where we will discuss what it means to be a Mum, juggling modern day life.  We will introduce you to ‘Matrescence’ and the changes women go through when becoming a Mother and their journey through Motherhood. What is Matrescence? Just like the well recognised transition to adolescence, matrescence is life changing, empowering and huge. If you can't make this one, join us on Thursday at 8pm!

Please register your interest via this post and a zoom link will be shared with you closer to the event: Http://www.facebook.com/events/694321207893825

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Exciting Free Activities by your local Children’s Centre 

Various times     

This year, engage with children centre's and your local group online. Play and explore through lots of fun including exploration and discovery, messy play, sensory play, baby massage and yoga and so much more. 

Booking details & full calendar of events to be shared on 25th October.

Children Centre's in Leeds

SUNDAY 15 NOVEMBER 2020

Pram friendly Dads and Kids Walk with Leeds Dads 

11am         

Meet at 10:45 with an 11:00 kick off. We now have officially trained Walk Leaders (by Active Leeds on behalf of Walking for Health/Ramblers Assn) to keep things safe and running smoothly on the day.

The route will been tested and a route map will be available. Ice creams (just for the kids) still included!

. More information including location will be added soon and can be viewed here.

Location to be shared soon.

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Exciting Free Activities by your local Children’s Centre 

Various times     

This year, engage with children centre's and your local group online. Play and explore through lots of fun including exploration and discovery, messy play, sensory play, baby massage and yoga and so much more. 

Booking details & full calendar of events to be shared on 25th October.

Children Centre's in Leeds

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Thank you for visiting!

 

Baby Week Leeds now running for the fifth year are pleased to share evidence and report successful partnerships. We have had interest from several local authorities and aim to provide a toolkit and training if your city would like to host. The founder, Lucy Potter who completed a Winston Churchill Fellowship, which helped her discover Semana Do Bebe (Baby Week Brazil) formed a partnership with Brazil to bring it to Leeds. 

 

Our blog site will contain more highlights, more stories and more information to support you and your organisation also take part in Baby Week. Please don't hesitate to contact and we hope to respond as soon as possible.

CONTACT 

Lucy Potter 

Founder & Director of Baby Week Leeds

babyweekleeds@outlook.com

Sadiya Salim

Operational Lead & Trustee at Baby Week Leeds

info@babyweek.co.uk

Baby Week Leeds is a registered charity: 1178324

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