It's time again for great baby shower
Published: Wednesday, April 3, 2013 at 8:57 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, April 3, 2013 at 8:57 p.m.
Are you expecting a baby or are you a new mom and dad? If so, you can be showered (no pun intended) with gifts and parenting tips at the 9th annual World's Greatest Baby Shower.
What: The 9th annual World’s Greatest Baby Shower for expectant mothers and parents of children 5 and under.
When: 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. April 13.
Where: Lincoln Middle School, 1001 SE
Forget the cake, but those attending will be treated to breakfast and sandwiches for lunch, along with fruit and other healthy treats.
Sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of the University City with help from the Kiwanis Club of Gainesville, the baby shower will be held from 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. April 13 at Lincoln Middle School at 1001 SE 12th St.
Marti McGuire, chairwoman of the event, said the baby shower will begin with registration and a brief orientation. During registration, families will receive one ticket to trade in for a goodie bag at the end of the program. It will contain a $10 gift card, receiving blankets, baby wipes, a book, and other items.
For attending on-site parenting classes, each adult will receive raffle tickets for up to four chances to win prizes and gift certificates. Raffle prizes will include $1,500 in Walmart gift cards in denominations of $25, $50, $100 and $250, as well as baby clothes, blankets, diapers, a Pack and Play portable crib and other baby items.
"We're excited to give back to the community," McGuire said. "Our mission is to improve the lives of families. Children are our focus because when you improve the life of a child, the life of the family is also improved."
McGuire said parenting classes on a variety of subjects will run for 25-35 minutes with 15 minutes between classes. The topics will include shaken baby syndrome, breast feeding, things you can do to make your home safe for children, nutrition, not sleeping with the baby, oral health, how a child perceives and grows from experience, early reading to develop language and other information.
"These are such important topics," said McGuire, adding that families will have plenty of time to visit with exhibitors that will provide information and answer questions about their programs and give away such things as crayons, books, small toys, pencils, toiletries, and other small gifts.
Some of the exhibitors will include the Early Learning Coalition of Alachua County, University of Florida Department of Pediatrics and the College of Dentistry and WIC, or Women, Infants and Children, a federally funded nutrition program.
Last year, McGuire said 300 moms and dads attended the event.
Sheila Crapo, past president of the Kiwanis Club of the University City and a member of the baby shower planning committee, said the baby shower was established as a way to give back to the community.
"We realized that we had many young mothers in our county that needed a way to learn about the services available to them," said Crapo in an email message. "Our goal was to bring health care personnel as well as community service people together and give these new mothers an opportunity to learn from the experts about what to expect when they become mothers."
McGuire wants to empower new moms.
"I want them to have greater awareness of caring for their baby," said McGuire, "and a greater sense of empowerment to help their baby and protect their baby."
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