Back to Basics with Baby Week Leeds – 100 Events in the city

Baby Week returns for its 7th year promoting the best of what Leeds has to offer for babies and
families Monday 14th – Sunday 20th November. Baby Week is all about celebrating babies, promoting
the best start, making connections and allows professionals to share best practice. Baby Week has
seen more cities grow with their own Baby Week; including Bradford in their fourth year and
Cheshire and Merseyside now into their third year.

This years’ theme is Back to Basics is all about rediscovering the opportunities, services and support
available to expectant parents, parents and carers as well as connecting professionals together. The
pandemic saw a shift in access to services and people may not know what is available and what
already exists in Leeds. Baby Week Leeds is here to open doors to taster sessions and information
services and work towards Leeds being the best city to grow up in. Whether ‘Back to Basics’ means
finding a new parent group, going to the library, enjoying play and sensory experiences or accessing
support services for you or your babies health and wellbeing, we’re here to help!

Baby Week has always been about promoting the best start and during the week we will highlight
the importance of the first 1001 days of growth and development, the significance or early reading
and a range of experiences and the right to access services. If you’ve been with us from the start
(2016) or whether you are new to Baby Week you will find a whole host of events taking place in
different venues – just check out our events page on the website to see the different venues on
helping engage more families to take part in crucial milestones.

Over the last two years we have experienced lots of changes due to the pandemic, with many of the
services being offered to families online. In fact, the last two years Baby Week celebrated is launch
online and where we could, we promoted the organisations who opened their doors to families
seeking support. At Baby Week our focus is to bring together a wide range of professional
representations from across all sectors from maternity and families services. This year’s Baby Week
is welcoming families back to taking part in face to face activities such as the stay and play or yoga
sessions at children’s centres, whilst private and third sector organisations open the doors to many
taster sessions.

We learn about how the 0-19 Public Health Integrated Nursing Service include work face to face with
children’s centres for the ‘Preparation for Birth and Beyond’, infant feeding support and self
weighing locations.

Leeds libraries are promoting their Ready Steady Readers as part of the free Story and Rhyme events
across the city every day in Baby Week.

The Tetley in Leeds are hosting events from Wednesday 16 th including introducing a new ‘Baby
Menu’ alongside Leeds Mumbler with a session on an evening of practical tips for parents to be.
Bringing us to the finale bumper day of four hours of baby rave fun activities which coincides with
United Nations World Children Day.