The school walls were decorated in colorful wallpaper and parents pushed their strollers up and down the aisles for a series of seminars and workshops and to hear from dozens of speakers on raising and caring for their newborn.
Sponsored by Bright Horizons, Stokke, Wee Babe and the YMCA, the festival provided demos on baby wearing, post-pregnancy Pilates, and even a mini rock-and-roll show from Little Rock-its by Frolic!
“We don’t want this to tell parents how to raise their kids, but it is more educational and providing information about services and for questions parents have,” said BabyFEST co-producer Jessica Morrow-Glorieux. “This brings the best people we know to these new parents.”
Morrow-Glorieux and Town Square chairperson Susan Anderson worked towards putting the first BabyFest together for several months, and were both elated to finally watch their hard work come to fruition.
“We’re providing a forum and empowering people with this information,” Anderson said.
Stokke, a company offering dozens of products for new parents, provided a look at some of their newest designs, such as strollers, highchairs and baby carriers.
“It’s been great to actually demonstrate to people,” said Cathleen Barker, Stokke’s Northeast account manager. “The great part about this showing is we’ve had a lot of pregnant mothers coming in and that’s fantastic since we offer so many different products for babies.”