Under Fives

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

Under-Fives Newsletter

The Newsletter on the Under-Fives
Issue 151: October 2017

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130 Activities and Classes

We now have 130 activities listed - from Mother and baby exercise classes to cooking, crafts and baby signing. Find the right ones for you and your child at

Events for the Under-Fives

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

Henry Prince School Christmas Fair

Visit Santa in his grotto on Saturday 25th November from 1-3 pm in Mayfield Memorial Hall, near Ashbourne, DE6 2LD. Free entry from 1-3 pm - lots of craft stalls, gifts, games, home made cakes, tea, coffee, Christmas cards.

Santa's Grotto
Santa's Grotto at Mayfield School Fair

Puppets from the Douglas Hayward Collection

Fun and interactive exhibition featuring marionettes and shadow; rod and glove puppets and, of course, Mr Punch. Now until Sat 11 November from 10 am to 6 pm at Ancient High House, Stafford.

Dino Day at National Forest Adventure Farm

Meet T-Rex and Velociraptor! Join the Dinosaur Training sessions to earn how to tame these ferocious creatures. The dinos will also be stalking the Farm for you to join them in a photo. Sunday 12 November.

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs at The Potteries Museum and Art Gallery

Mow Cop Players present the traditional family favourite pantomime Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs in the museum theatre. 25 November to 3 December.

Santa and Steam at Churnet Valley Railway

Santa strolls through the train bearing gifts for all the children. Saturdays and Sundays from 2nd December

Pregnancy and Under-Fives News

A slew of research on the varied benefits of breast feeding this month.

Even Partial Breast-Feeding for First Few Months May Lower SIDS Risk

Research suggests that breast-feeding for two to four months of a newborn's life can significantly reduce the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).

Breast-Feeding Produces more Sensitive Mothers

Mothers who breastfed for longer periods of time are more responsive to their kids' needs a full decade into their young lives.

Breast-Fed Babies have Lower Risk of Asthma

Breast-feeding for the first three months of life appears to provide more protection against childhood asthma.

Why Baby Advice Books make Mums Miserable (especially the ones on Breast-Feeding)

A study of new mothers has confirmed something we already knew: mothering self-help books can do more harm than good. So are any actually worth reading?

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