This past weekend, I went to a Baby Fair here in Nashville. Every year, the hospital where I delivered Joleen, and where I plan to deliver this baby, hosts this event. I actually went two years ago when I was pregnant with Joleen, and decided that it was worth my time to go again this year.
So, what is a Baby Fair? Chances are, your city (or a city near you) hosts an annual Baby Fair, or an event that is very similar. Baby Fairs are an event that you can go and learn about all things baby. Here in Nashville, local baby boutiques, maternity stores, furniture stores, photographers, pediatricians, lactation consultants, pediatric dentists, and even cord blood specialists set up booths handing out freebies and information to expecting parents.
Baby Fairs are also an event where they have demonstrations like, how to properly put your baby in a car seat, and how to use a breast pumps. Here in Nashville, they even have a mini Baby Boot Camp where you can learn things like how to swaddle, how to change a diaper, and even how to perform infant CPR. Also, if your Baby Fair is like ours and takes place in a hospital, you can actually take a tour and see delivery rooms, recovery rooms, family waiting rooms, recovery rooms, and even the baby nursery. They even show you where you’ll park and check-in when you go into labor so you feel totally prepared for when the big day arrives.
This time around, I didn’t feel like I learned as much as the first time I attended, but I was also a first-time parent then, and I didn’t know much. However, it was nice to get a few refresher lessons, and to pick up some freebies. I even talked to a pediatric dentist that I liked, and scheduled an appointment for Joleen to get her first check-up! So all-in-all, I would say if you have a Baby Fair in your area, I would definitely make it a priority to try and attend!
Litte missy loved being pushed around in her Chicco Liteway Stroller!