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Being a parent is a hard and exhausting job and sometimes all those essential facts are difficult to gather.
Smart Start Stephens County helps prepare new or expecting parents with an annual Community Baby Shower, which will be 1-4 p.m. Saturday at the First Baptist Church Family Life Center. This is the sixth year for the event and last year 100 families attended.
Not much is changing for the shower from the previous year, except that organizers are going to keep the focus on the important information offered, rather than free give-aways. The shower is open to expectant families and families with infants up to age one.
“We’re trying to make it more about the information that’s there because it’s what families need,” said April Hebert, community coordinator for Smart Start.
“Each family will have to visit so many of the exhibitors in order to get a free goody bag as they leave. We know there are moms who don’t have blankets and it’s good to get them some of that stuff too.”
While the actual baby shower won’t begin until 2 p.m., free car seat safety checks will start at 1 p.m. These are sponsored by Duncan Regional Hospital and Safe Kids with fire department volunteers who have been trained to check. Car seat checks will continue throughout the entire event.
“A limited number of car seats will be available to eligible families while supplies last,” said Hebert.
To qualify, the caregiver must be the legal guardian of the child, must show proof of government aid (such as food stamps, WIC, Medicaid, etc.). There is a $10 co-pay per seat. Child must be present or within 8 weeks of the due date. Early arrival is suggested in order to receive a car seat.
As of Monday afternoon, there were 12 exhibitors signed up for the event and each focus on different areas of childcare. The shower will offer information on prenatal care, child development, links to social services, gift bags of books and resource materials.
Some of the exhibitors are Stephens County Health Department, Great Plains Childcare, Sanford Children’s Clinic, Duncan Women’s Center, Women’s Haven, Delta Early Head Start and, of course, Smart Start.
Along with information, the opportunity to win door prizes. These are the larger items that have been donated to the event from the community and are luck of the draw. A few snacks will also be served.
“Last year, we had cakes and cookies,” said Hebert. “We’re trying to make it healthier this year by having fruits and veggies.”
For more information or to make a donation, contact April Hebert at 580-255-3648.