By Alan Viau
Confusing and bewildering: that’s how I recall my wife’s pregnancy and early parenting days. I felt I was navigating blind in a new world. I didn’t know what to expect. Fortunately there are now many resources available, including Ottawa’s The Baby Show.
The Baby Show, a premiere for Ottawa, is being presented at the Ernst & Young Centre September 28 and 29. Tama Show Productions Inc., producers of the upcoming pregnancy and early parenting exhibition, are showcasing an impressive list of local and national exhibitors while helping to educate parents and entertain small children.
You will find everything prenatal, baby and toddler-related—all under one roof. There are samples, opportunities to learn from experts and chances to win great prizes.
“We’ve got a jam-packed schedule filled with great speakers, seminars and demonstrations,” says The Baby Show’s Sylvia Franklin. “We couldn’t be happier to bring Ottawa over 130 local and national exhibitors along with a ton of resources so new and expecting parents can really prepare themselves for this new stage in life.”
Show highlights include:
The Honda Health and Wellness Mat will feature prenatal yoga classes, infant massage, fitness and meditation by my friend Amanda de Grace of Little Lotus Yoga.
The Diono Car Seat Clinic will help parents ensure their infant car seats are installed as safely as possible. Car seat checks and installations are provided by S.E.A.T.S for Kids.
The Angelcare Massage Area will feature therapeutic treatments for moms and babies. These treatments are courtesy of Anna Belanger & Associates.
Contests and Giveaways
There are many great opportunities for visitors to win prizes such as: a Smugglers’ Notch vacation for a family of four; Baby’s First Room – a complete nursery courtesy of Caramia Furniture and 3Little Monkeys, One free month of daycare courtesy of Kids & Company.
Children can watch Barney live and meet with Angelina Ballerina twice daily. There will be a bouncy castle located in The Tiny Hoppers Fun Zone, along with great arts and crafts for children to enjoy. Sing-alongs, story readings and more will happen throughout both days.
Nutrition, sleep, labour induction, cord blood banking and more make up this informative series. Speakers include Ann Douglas, Andrea Strang, Lianne Phillipson-Webb and others.
Saturday, September 28, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Sunday, September 29, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Ernst & Young Centre (formerly The CE Centre), 4899 Uplands Drive, Ottawa.
General Admission: $10. Children 12 years and under get in free!