Baby shower is Saturday


Published: Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 1:35 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 1:35 p.m.

Are you an expectant mother or a new mom or dad?

Facts

BABY SHOWER

* What: The 10th annual World’s Greatest Baby Shower for expectant mothers and parents of children 5 and under.

* When: 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday.

* Where: Lincoln Middle School, 1001 SE 12th St.

* Cost: Free.

* Information: Call 352-373-1222.

If so, the 10th annual World's Greatest Baby Shower is an event you don't want to miss.

You will be showered with lots of presents and also parenting advice provided by experts, but forget about the games and cake.

Sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of the University City, the baby shower will be held from 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday at Lincoln Middle School at 1001 SE 12th St. Participants also will be treated to a light breakfast and lunch.

The World's Greatest Baby Shower is open to new moms and dads, expectant mothers and parents with preschool children ages 5 and under.

Registration will be available from 8:30-10 a.m. in order to receive a ticket for a free goodie bag (one goodie bag per family) containing a $10 gift certificate to Wal-Mart, a baby blanket, books, and other items. The Early Learning Coalition of Alachua County also will be on hand to distribute diapers that have been donated by the community.

"This shower is open, and everyone is invited," said Marti McGuire, one of the event coordinators. "If you are expecting or you have a small child, come to the event." Continued McGuire, "This shower is to give information that will be helpful for parents as they take care of their children."

McGuire said there will be about 30 vendors offering information, answering questions about their programs, and giving away such things as books, crayons, small toys, pencils, toiletries and more.

For attending on-site parenting classes, each adult will receive raffle tickets to win prizes. "Parents are asked to attend at least three classes," McGuire said. "The more classes they attend, the better their chances of winning prizes."

In recognition of the baby shower's 10th anniversary, McGuire said the raffle will include 15 car seats and 13 pack and plays, along with gift cards and other items.

McGuire said moms and dads will get plenty of parenting information from handouts at the various booths and from the presenters, who will provide 30-minute classes on such topics as breast-feeding, shaken baby syndrome, safe sleep vs. sudden death infant syndrome, children's oral health, early reading to develop languages and family planning. Parents also will have an opportunity to register their child for the Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten, or VPK, program.

Last year, McGuire said 300 moms, dads, and significant others attended the event.

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