Baby Week

As part of 2022 Our Year, we’re delighted to announce that 11 to 16 July will be dedicated to children in their first 1001 days of life (from conception to age 2)

There is a programme of activities and events for expectant-parents, parents, and babies. We hope the programme will bring our Start Well Strategy to life by promoting the importance of the early days of a child’s life – and how this period is critical for their lifelong learning, health, and development.

Events will be taking place across Manchester, in our Sure Start Children’s Centres and in other cultural and leisure venues.

There is something for everyone and it’s all FREE!

Refreshments and snacks provided throughout. Buggy store available.

We launch Baby Week with a range of stalls and activities at Manchester Art Gallery. Just drop in!

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Stalls include:

-Language and communication advice from the Speech and Language team 

-BBC’s Tiny Happy People – with information about their interactive website 

-BUZZ – Manchester’s Health and Wellbeing Service 

-Dads Matter (promoting father’s engagement) 

-Rodney House Outreach Service – Information and advice about Special Educational Needs and Disabilities 

-Accident Prevention – for safety advice 

-Integrated Infant Feeding Team – Advice about feeding your child 

-Midwifery/Maternity Voice – Advice about the Healthy Start scheme, vitamin D, and healthy eating on a budget 

-Maternity and Baby Vaccination promotion – ask questions about vaccines 

-Oral health – Free toothbrushes and toothpaste, and advice about oral hygiene 

-More Life – Weight management advice 

-Central Library/Read Easy Manchester – Ask them about library and reading services 

-Health Visitors – Advice and demonstrations to help your baby sleep safer, and information about the Healthy Child Programme 

-Dance Like a Mother – Promoting dancing with babies 

-Football Museum – Find out about their creative and physical activity offer for babies and toddlers 

-Save The Children – find out about their work in Manchester 

-Sure Start Children’s Centres – Find out what’s on for you and your family across the city 


Activities include:

– Baby Massage, book on arrival. (11.15-11.45am, 12-12.30pm, 12.45-1pm) 

-MCR Active – 10.30am-1.15pm video showcasing how to be active during pregnancy 

-Baby Yoga (suitable for pre-crawling babies from 6 weeks old), book on arrival (11.15-11.45am, 12-12.30pm, 12.45-1pm) 

-Pop Up Percussion, creative music sessions for babies, book on arrival, 11.30-12pm 

-BBC Tiny Happy People – themed Stay, Play and Learn sessions (Sessions throughout) 

-Messy Play with artist Vanessa Scott, exploring senses. 10.30-1.30pm. Just drop in. 

-‘Meet Me a Tree’, interactive theatre show for children aged 0-2 years. Ticket on arrival. 11.15am-12pm. And 12.15-1pm. 

-Mindfulness sessions for parents, with Louise Thompson, Health and Wellbeing Manager. Sessions throughout. Just drop in. 

-Story-making/storytelling workshop with Reform Radio. Book on arrival. 10.45-11.45am. 

-Baby Sensory Play with artist Naomi Kendrick, 10.30 – 1.30pm Just Drop in. 

-Children and Parents Service  (find out about the Baby Incredible Years Parenting Programme), Book on arrival. 11-11.30am, 11.45-12.15pm, 12.30-1pm. 

-Baby Bonding Sessions, Book on arrival. 11-11.30am, 11.45-12.15pm, 12.30-1pm. 

-Cook and Taste – Cooking Healthy Meals on a Budget, Book on arrival, Between 11am-1pm. 

See what’s on near you and get involved via the Our Year website