Big Baby Shower Parenting Expo 2016
The sixth staging of B3 Parenting Magazine's Big Baby Shower attracted scores of parents, parents-to-be and their families who indulged in all things bump, baby, and beyond.
This year's expo, held at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston last Sunday, paid special attention to the Zika virus and its effects on pregnancy; early childhood education; and raising confident children. The event was hosted by Terri-Karelle Reid, Kerie-Ann 'Kiki' Lewis-Thombs and Judith Denton.
Michelle Gordon, CEO of B3 Parenting said: "This event has proven to be necessary as parenting lessons will never grow old. Parents need direction and advice on how to care for and guide their children throughout their lives. This time around, we have sponsors who are fully equipped with resources and hearts to help expectant mothers and parents along their journey.
Also, we realise that parents need advice not only during the bump and baby stage, but on the beyond as well. With that, sponsors are advising parents on stages leading up to diplomas."
With seemingly endless booths to explore, patrons made their way around the ballroom partaking in all they had to offer. Loveable promoted its safe, dependable diapers, and brought comfort to mothers by providing a breastfeeding and diaper-changing room. Collaborating with Lovable was Johnson and Johnson, which had health educator and nurse, Edith Khan showcasing the proper and safe way of caring for newborns.
Caribbean Broilers made its mark by having children show off their cooking skills. This was used to promote the importance of safe foods not only for parents but for children's development.
Dr Tiffany Francis from All Smiles Dental Care was on a mission to debunk the myth that pregnant women should not visit the dentist. She also encouraged mothers to bring their babies in from age one so that their teeth are nurtured from an early stage.
Brands in full effect
Cari-Med Limited showcased the benefits of its brands. PediaSure, it was pointed out, provides the proper nutrition for children to grow up healthy; Similac helps mothers to develop their babies; and Ribena supplies the body with vitamin C.
Huggies, Cubbies, Lullabye, Gerber, Alacta Plus, Pigeon, and Baby Bop were also showcased. PapFlor decorated a dream nursery with beautiful paper flowers which was set up at the entrance to the grand ballroom.
To highlight the importance of the beyond stage, the National Commercial Bank shared information on its Omni Educator and encouraged parents to 'put the best life forward' for their children.
"We are always excited to be part of the expo because we appreciate the avenue to help parents to save for their children's future and do what they need to do so that their children will have a better life than theirs," said NCB's Roland Henry.
Some mothers got neck and back massages from Awestruck Spa Club. Spa Divine also contributed to the relaxing atmosphere as they educated mothers on getting down time for themselves.
Toyota Jamaica, iCreate, Realistic Works, Sugarplum, and Mainevent Entertainment Group offered something for the adults.
Outside of the activities taking place at booths, there were educational seminars that featured guest speakers, such as Dr Thea Davies who spoke about the Zika virus.
This year's event was full of surprises as mothers were given chances to win a nursery, a designer cake from Sweet Mischief, or a discount in the maternity unit of the Andrew's Memorial Hospital.