Under Fives

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

Under-Fives Newsletter

The Newsletter on the Under-Fives
Issue 129 : November 2015

Welcome to November's newsletter. Some vouchers for you below in case you missed the black Friday rush.


What's New at the Under-Fives Web Site?

Things to do with
babies and toddlers

More things to do with Babies and Toddlers

They just keep coming. Even more activities for you to do with your little ones. Educational fun for children and meet other mothers, fathers and carers.

Offers and Voucher Codes

Black Friday is gone but there are still offers and vouchers around. Here are some that might interest you - more at our offers page.

Body Shop

40% Off at the Body Shop

Buy any two products at the Body Shop and get 40% off. Great for stocking fillers. Use code 14673 until 6 December. They also have a Bundle Offer for £41.80 instead of the normal £104.
Redeem code at the Body Shop


30% Off at Boden

30% Off everything at Boden, plus free delivery and returns.
Go to Boden


Deal of the Day plus 5% off at Thorntons

From now until Christmas Thorntons has a deal of the day, but you can also get 5% off any purchase with code XMAF5.
Go to Thorntons

My first years

20% off at My 1st Years

  Everything for babies. 30% off everything with code BLACK30 until Monday 30th November.


Save over 50%

A gift that keeps being given: save over 50% on Practical Parenting and Pregnancy, Cosmopolitan, Marie Claire, Elle, etc.

Events for the Under-Fives

E-mail your event to jill@under-fives.org.

Magical Christmas at Thomasland

Thomas Land is full of activity as the engines prepare for Christmas. With over 21 rides and attractions to enjoy, spectacular decorations, festive music and we guarantee it will snow at least 3 times a day. Drayton Manor Park, Nr. Tamworth, Staffordshire, B78 3TW. Fri to Mon through November and December.

Santa's Winter Wonderland

Santa's returning to the SnowDome this year with his magical Winter Wonderland in the snow. As well as his reindeer he'll be bringing all of his friends for some serious festive fun the weather cannot spoil. SnowDome, Leisure Island, River Drive, Tamworth, Staffordshire, B79 7ND. To 31 December.

Waterside Winter Wonderland at Conkers

Waterside Christmas Winter Wonderland is back again. Arrive at Waterside where Santa’s chief elf and his team of elves will lead you through the enchanted forest and the valley of Christmas lights to Santa's woodland grotto. Conkers, Rawdon Road, Moira, Swadlincote, Derbyshire, DE12 6GA

Santa Specials at Foxfield Steam Railway

Children meet Santa Claus and receive quality presents. Weekends in December.

Christmas with Mr Toad at Chatsworth

With the lower floors of the house transformed into scenes loosely based on Kenneth Grahame's much-loved classic Wind in the Willows, the Painted hall serves beautifully as the Baronial Toad Hall dressed with sumptuous garlands and a magnificent Christmas tree while the house itself is generously decorated with festive flowers and giant Christmas trees throughout. Until January.

Pregnancy and Under-Fives News

Fussy baby? Research shows singing works better than talking

When it comes to keeping your baby calm, a song does a much better job than speech, says a new study. Singing to infants delays the onset of distress by twice as long as talking to them.

To reduce risk of infant death, shed excess pounds before becoming pregnant

Achieving a healthy weight before becoming pregnant and gaining an appropriate amount of weight during pregnancy significantly reduce the risk of the baby dying in his or her first year of life, according to new research

Infant mental health: Giving children the best head start

The first 1,000 days are vital, so infants must get the best care at this stage of their life

Robot language tutors to get kids up to speed before school

It's hard enough coping in a new country, let alone a new language, which is why robots are set to help immigrant children gain the skills they need to start school.

Language robot

Why Are Crib Bumpers Unsafe?

A new study has confirmed that crib bumpers are more dangerous than they seem. When a baby's nose and mouth is covered by a bumper, the infant can suffocate when his or her airway becomes blocked, or from breathing oxygen-depleted air.

Breast-Feeding Is Good for Mothers, Not Just Babies, Studies Suggest

Breast-feeding may help protect women from a particularly vicious type of breast cancer, and may act as a sort of reset button for metabolism after pregnancy, helping women who had gestational diabetes avoid becoming lifelong diabetics.

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