Archive for September, 2016

Get the tape measure out, new mums… apparently, big headed babies are brighter!

Wednesday, September 21st, 2016

According to scientists (is there a more chilling phrase?!) there is a link between the size of babies’ heads at birth, and their future success… larger head circumference and brain volume is associated with higher intelligence.

The finding is among the first made by UK Biobank, a long term study of 500,000 Britons to discover the links between their genes, their physical and mental health and their path through life.

“Highly significant associations were observed between the cognitive test scores in the UK Biobank sample and many polygenic profile scores, including . . . intracranial volume, infant head circumference and childhood cognitive ability,” said the researchers in a paper published in the journal Molecular Psychiatry. (And no, I haven’t read the paper… I read an article in The Times newspaper 🙂 )

Incidentally, I have a teeny tiny head. When I worked as an Air Stewardess, I had an extra-small sized uniform hat, and still had to sew a lining of felt into the brim to get it to fit 🙂

Me in the galley of a 'plane In my very small Air Stewardess hat!

Me in the galley of a ‘plane In my very small Air Stewardess hat!

Baby Week Leeds

Monday, September 12th, 2016

Today marks the start of Baby Week Leeds, which runs from the 12th to the 16th of September 2016. Based on the Semana do Bebe (the week of the baby) model in Brazil, this event is an Early Years initiative aiming to raise awareness of the critical growth stages of a baby’s life.

There are many events for professionals, parents, and babies taking place throughout the city during the week. The timetable can be found here and includes interactive activities such as sensory storytelling time and baby massage sessions at locations including Chapeltown Children’s centre and Kirkstall Children’s Centre.

Following the closing ceremony at Leeds Civic Hall on Friday, there will be a pram push around Millennium Square at 3pm. Fingers crossed for some good Yorkshire weather!

For more information, (and to register for events) visit the Baby Week website, and for daily updates search for #BabyWeek on Twitter.