Under Fives

Things to do with Babies, Toddlers & Young Children in Derbyshire and Staffordshire

Under-Fives Newsletter

The Newsletter on the Under-Fives
Issue 153: January 2018

Welcome to the first Under-Fives newsletter of the year - here's hoping for a happy and healthy 2018 for us all.

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Events for the Under-Fives

E-mail your event to jill@under-fives.org and I'll be pleased to publish it here.

Half-term in the farmyard at Chatsworth

Join in the pirate-themed fun on the trailer ride, dare to handle the spiders and snakes, explore the adventure playground and meet all the animals in the farmyard.

Nature in Focus: Pangolin Day!

17 Feb 2018 from 10 to 3 pm. Enjoy pangolin activities and stories with Nature Ambassadors and the author Rachel Shaw, author of Pipisin the Pangolin. At Derby Museum and Art Gallery.

Half Term Happening

19 - 21 Feb 2018, Fun activities at Strutt's North Mill Museum, Derwent Valley Visitor Centre, Birdgefoot, Belper.

Puppets on Parade

At Nicholson Museum and Art Gallery, Stockwell Street, Leek. Dress up as your favourite fairy tale character or make your own puppets and put on a show. From 3 March to 7 April.

Pregnancy and Under-Fives News

Mums eating a full English could increase Babies' IQ

Eggs and bacon contain the nutrient choline. This is vital during pregnancy but most women do not consume enough of it.

Bacon and Eggs

Breastfeeding mums should eat spicy foods

Women should eat spicy food while breastfeeding if they don't want to raise fussy eaters, experts insist.

Carry babies on left to improve bonding

Mothers should carry babies on their left hand side because it creates a natural social connection, a new study suggests.

Babies breathe in a 'dust smog' of dirt when they crawl

But while this cloud of dust and dirt may sound alarming, scientists reassure parents that it is not necessarily a bad thing as it could help infants build up defences against asthma and allergies.

Giving kids less toys benefits their development

According to new research, children who are given less toys during playtime play more 'creatively', which can benefit their development.

Pregancy really does cause "Baby Brain"

Compared to non-pregnant women, expectant mothers performed worse on tasks measuring attention, decision-making, planning and memory.

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