Baby Week Leeds is back for the fifth time between 9 – 15 November 2020
Baby Week Leeds, launched in September 2016, is an early years initiative helping to bring and celebrate services from across the sector together. Its aim is raising awareness of the baby's important growth and development mentally and physically in order to give the best start. This year we aim to launch our first ever Baby Week Forest by planting a tree for every baby born in Leeds within 2020 - we aim to share more details about this and have a call out for volunteers during the week. Click on the following images to view/download.
To give you a flavour of the week, we have organised a half-day free conference for all professionals (booked on by 150 attendees already) focused on promoting the best start, maternity, mental health and health inequalities, and the experiences faced by parents, health professionals and the local authority during COVID-19,
We also have a Q&A session with experts for new and expectant parents (please book) to ask anything and everything as well as share ideas and experiences. and many more events throughout the week. Our partners have put a fantastic schedule of free taster sessions for all including nutrition, music, mindfulness, bonding with your baby, story-time with Leeds Libraries and a session with Leeds City Museum.
Lot's on at Childrens centres' across Leeds from virtual events, information sharing, drop ins and socially distant walks! Download the full children centre timetable here:
There will also be opportunities to win amazing prizes just be attending and participating on social media. So why not follow us on social media using @BabyWeekUK and join our new Facebook group here.
As we go digital, we have many new exciting blog posts by our partners, a fantastic resource page, the #DearFutureYou digital exhibition. Graphic designer Helen BarlowScott from One Line Design, and a Women Friendly Leeds Ambassador has curated this digital exhibition of handwritten letters during the Covid19 lockdown in Leeds. Parents who have had babies during lockdown have experienced appointments, scans, and time in hospital before and after birth without their partners or other loved ones. At this time when they have had to have these experiences alone, the mothers and their nearest and dearest have had feelings of fear, anxiety, stress and vulnerability. Mothers / Fathers writing letters to their babies can depict the highs and the lows. The cathartic process of writing helps to manage emotions, connections and meanings.
Please visit our full calendar here and join the conversation on social media with #BabyWeekLeeds as we celebrate 5 years in Leeds. Please note, we will be adding more events running up to the week. We have also been sharing best practice across the UK!
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 >>>
CHESHIRE & MERSEYSIDE: Their first ever Baby Week will be taking place from the 16th to 22nd of November. Open to all. Find out more here >>>
Please download our logo to use for any events or promotional materials below as well as the communication plan for key messages for Baby Week 2020!