Babies and parents attending Art Crawl! in Ballina Arts Centre, as part of Mayo Baby Week. Photo: Teemlens Media

Almost 200 babies and caregivers enjoy Mayo Baby Week

ALMOST 200 babies and their caregivers attended events as part of Mayo Baby Week 2024.

The events ranged from interactive arts-based activities designed for babies, to information talks and workshops which took place in a range of venues across the county. All events were free, with many taking place in community facilities.

Mayo Baby Week is an action of Mayo Children and Young Peoples Services Committee (CYPSC), in partnership with the Mayo Infant Mental Health Forum. It was devised as a local celebration of International Infant Mental Health Awareness Week, which takes place in June each year. Funding was provided by Mayo CYPSC and Healthy Ireland.

Feedback from parents attending the events was very positive.

Pictured at the Mayo Infant Mental Health stand at Mayo University Hospital were, from left: Eva Fitzgerald, Andrea Browne, Maureen Riley, Sinead Conneely, Jarlath Munnelly and Eva O'Riain. Photo: Teemlens Media

Mayo CYPSC coordinator Jarlath Munnelly said: “Parents who attended the events were very enthusiastic about Mayo Baby Week, and more importantly the babies really enjoyed the interactive events.”

Chairperson of the Mayo Infant Mental Health Forum, Elizabeth Lambe, also expressed satisfaction with the week's events, and the focus on the importance of early relationships in the lives of babies.

She said: “The core message of Mayo Baby Week this year was that early relationships really matter. This was the main take away for the many parents who attended events this year, the little things that parents and caregivers can do every day to strengthen those early relationships.”

Babies attending Flutter-By in Castlebar Library as part of Mayo Baby Week. Photo: Teemlens Media