Welcome to Baby Week
Baby Week is a registered charity and aims to bring sectors and services together to promote the best start in life. The initiative was inspired by Brazil’s ‘Semana do Bebe’ (UNICEF 2010), following a visit to the country by Churchill Fellow Lucy Potter. Leeds hosted the first English speaking Baby Week in 2016 and since has had interest from several other towns and cities wanting to host their own celebrations. Since Baby Week became a registered charity, Bradford, Hull, Wakefield, Cheshire and Merseyside have organised their very own take on Baby Week Leeds. In 2019, we were nominated and came in second place as charity of the year by The British Journal of Midwifery Practice Awards (BJM).
Over the past six years, hundreds of citywide events have been held with thousands of attendees including parents, expectant parents, practitioners and professionals , and of course babies! Each city hosting the week has the opportunity to celebrate and bring together the work of maternity and early years services, helping to raise awareness of the critical developmental growth stages and a real focus on the 1001 days in order to give every baby the best start in life.
Baby Week is organised with Child Friendly Leeds with partnerships involving NHS Leeds, Leeds Teaching Hospitals, Leeds Dads, Public Health, Mumbler, and many more partners across all sectors. To mark the 5 years in 2020, Baby Week Leeds focussed on five of the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals as a focus over the next few years: Good Health and Wellbeing, Reduced Inequality, Sustainable cities and communities, Climate action and No Poverty.
Baby Week began with a city-wide partnership group and now has both charity trustees and a national steering group.
Theme: It all starts with a baby step!
Launched the Best Start Plan and Maternity Strategy 2015 – 2019. Had around 400 attendees across 20 events and had an increase in attendees in children centres and had our first baby champ!
Theme: Creating Relationships
Launched the Baby Box initiative with the Haamla Team and St James Hospital and the Family Integrated Scheme at LGI Had around 500 attendees and over 45 events during the week.
Theme: Better Conversations
Launched the fantastic family app named ’50 things to do before you’re 5′ app in Leeds. Over 1700 attendees and 82 events too place city-wide with lots of media interest. Bradford & Hull joined in!
Theme: Making Connections
Launched FaceMums with Leeds Maternity Care. #LeedsLovesReading was celebrated. Over 2000 attendees with 100 events in the city including tree planting! Bonding, healthy brains and wellbeing.
Theme: Stay Safe, Stay Connected
Celebrated 5 years and hosted a virtual Baby Week with 100 digital events due to Covid-19 restrictions and over 1000 attendees from across UK. Launched our strategy and Baby Week Forest!
First time attending Baby Week Leeds and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed it. Fantastic afternoon, so informative and interesting!
- Conference Attendee
I have found out about places to visit in Leeds that I didn’t know about, this is a really good idea as I don’t know Leeds very well and now I can take my kids.
- New Parent
Great day! I feel like I have learnt so much and can absolutely use my learning from today to information my practice as a social worker.
- Social Worker
Baby Week runs once a year but that does not stop us sharing all things baby friendly as well as fantastic resources, advice and support.
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