Catching up with baby champ Ayrton and mum Leila over lockdown

Updated: Oct 5

Last month we spoke to Baby champ Ayrton's mum Leila about how they've been coping over lockdown. Ayrton was born on the first day of Baby Week 2016 and he is our first baby champ! Following this years Baby Week theme; ‘Staying Safe Staying Connected‘ we spoke to Leila who is a key worker for: 02 which keeps communications going for the NHS and the rail network. Leila and partner alternated working and child care creating a structure to keep things as normal as possible. On top of this Leila finished submitted her dissertation with both children at home! Arytons‘ contribution was running his toy cars over the her laptop. Leila also completed a three year degree at the University of Leeds. Things have been really busy but the structure is essential for offering emotional support to her daughter. Leila has been answering her concerns and helping her trying to process why people are wearing masks and social distancing. Alongside the theme this year Baby Week are promoting 5 of the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals which are: good health and well-being,reduced inequalitysustainable cities and communities,climate action and no poverty. Over our meet up via Zoom I wave at Ayrton and Mum says we've been really strict on screen time and were they can go out and get as much exercise as possible. That's great as it ticks the Climate Action goal and hopefully they will make it to the tree planting activity later in November this year! 


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Lucy Potter 

Founder & Director of Baby Week Leeds

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Operational Lead & Trustee at Baby Week Leeds

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