Under Fives

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

Under-Fives Newsletter

The Newsletter on the Under-Fives
Issue 160: September 2018

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Fingerprint jewellery

Help and Services

Check out our services page for companies who will convert your children's artwork into Christmas cards and gifts; jewellers who turn your baby's fingerprints into jewellery, soft play hire; interior designers specialising in babies' and childrens' rooms and even a lovely lady who will come and fit your flatpack furniture together so you can spend time with your children instead of doing diy. Find out more at

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No matter what sort of group you are looking for with your child - music, craft, art, dance, drama, language, sports, stories, etc - there is a class not far from you at

Events for the Under-Fives

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

Animal Behaviour and 30th Birthday Open Day

The Ark celebrates 30 years of rescuing and rehoming stray cats and dogs on 7 October. Meet some of their current residents waiting for loving new homes. Companion Animal Behaviourist and Trainer gives talks and advice. Dog Agility demo. Homemade lunches and teas, books, bric a brac and gifts. Wyaston Road, Ashbourne.

Rescue dog needing a home

Fairy-Tale Afternoon Tea

Enjoy a homemade Afternoon Tea in the company of fairy-tale princesses including Snow White and Cinderella. Go along in your favourite glamorous dress to impress the enchanted guests of honour. Potteries Museum and Art Gallery, Stoke on Trent. 7 October 12 and 2.30 pm. Tickets must be booked in advance by calling 01782 232323.

Beauty And The Beast Ballet

Cannock Join Ballet Theatre UK with one of the most enchanting love stories of all time, "Beauty and the Beast" Cannock 18 October 19.30 to 22.00.

Half Term Fun at the World of Wedgwood

27 October to 4 November.

Half Term Craft Activity

Gladstone Pottery Museum on 30 October, 11 to 12.30 and 13.15 to 15.00. Make a wide mouth frog.

Santa's Winter Wonderland at SnowDome, Tamworth

With all the real snow, real animals and ALL NEW Winter Wonderland show. Open from 16 November until 31 December. Tickets are already selling fast. Under twos are free.

Pregnancy and Under-Fives News

Round up of some of the more interesting news about mothers-to-be, childcare, babies, toddlers and young children.

Common Household Cleaners May Be Making Kids Overweight

Infants from homes where anti-bacterial cleaners are used showed higher levels of the Lachnospiraceae bacteria in their gut. Infants living in homes where only detergents or eco-friendly cleaners were present did not exhibit the bacteria rise. In addition, children from eco-friendly cleaner homes were also found to be less likely to become overweight as toddlers.

Anti-bacterial cleaners cause weight gain

Talking to your toddler could boost IQ scores and language skills later

Talking to children when they're tiny doesn't just teach them speech -- early conversation is linked to better language skills and higher IQ scores when they get to school

Breastfeeding better for babies' weight gain than pumping

Research has already shown a link between breastfeeding and a lower obesity risk for babies. But a new study finds another association: "Breast is best" for them even compared with giving babies breast milk out of the bottle. Still, even pumped breast milk was superior to none at all.

Study shows link between breastfeeding and infant health is not straight-forward

A different study though, says that mothers who intended to breastfeed but then couldn't, had children with health outcomes similar to exclusively breastfed infants. The findings suggest that the benefits of breastfeeding reported in the vast majority of prior research could be influenced by the mother's characteristics, such as what they know about health and nutrition.

Midwives call for pregnancy weight targets after study highlights health risks

Eating for two is a myth, say researchers, with mother-to-be weight gain linked to children's insulin resistance and diabetes.

Infant walkers provide no benefit, cause much harm

There is no known advantage or benefit of using an infant walker, but they are dangerous for children under 15 months old.

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