From baby food to tummy time, crib safety to immunizations, the Baby-A-Fair will cover dozens of topics for expectant parents and parents or grandparents of children newborn to age 5.

The first event of its kind in Hermiston, Baby-A-Fair will run from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, March 31, at Hermiston High School. All events are free.

“So far, we have 28 different vendors, which is phenomenal,” organizer Glaya Baker said Wednesday. “I’m hoping that our community is as excited as our vendors are.”

Scheduled vendors include WIC, Family Health Associates, Umatilla Morrow Head Start, Advanced Pediatric Dentistry, the Hermiston Public Library, Eastern Oregon Children’s Museum, Healthy Communities Coalition, Good Shepherd Education and Wellness, Safe Communities, the Umatilla/Morrow Health Department and Mirasol Family Clinic, as well as Baker’s organization, Good Shepherd Lactation Consulting Services.

Ten classes and events are scheduled, including “Pets and Kids,” “Making Your Own Baby Food,” “Mom & Me Exercise” and “Initiating Breastfeeding and Staying the Course.” Experts will also cover ongoing information on crib safety updates, car seat safety, bike helmets and fitting, infant and child CPR and first aid. Multiple doctors and healthcare providers will also provide information, and a clinic is scheduled for bra fitting for nursing moms. Children can also participate in activities, including “Planting for the Future,” an activity where children will plant a seed to take home with the help of Master Gardeners.

“There’s just going to be lots of fun, interactive stuff for adults and kids,” said LaRae Claybrook, an RN IBC who will lead a class on breast feeding and the workplace. “It’s going to be really nice for the community. There will be an exercise area, massage, door prizes. We’ll show people how to make baby food, how to wrap their babies, and there’s no charge for anything.”

For more information about the Baby-A-Fair, contact Glaya Baker at 541-667-3508 or LactationServices@gshealth.org.

“We’re going to be quite busy. It has been really excited to see the enthusiasm,” Baker said. “It’s going to be really fun and very busy. We just hope everyone comes down to see what it’s all about.”

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