Mothers-to-be and new mothers will learn all they need to know about their bundle of joy at the BabyTime Show at Toronto’s Metro Toronto Convention Centre from November 11-13, 2011. Visitors to the show will see the latest in baby products, receive free samples and listen to guest speakers discussing everything from proper nutrition during pregnancy to how to get your baby to sleep. Exhibitors will feature baby gourmet foods, strollers, car seats, safety locks, baby monitors, diapers, baby and toddler clothing, maternity clothing, toys, doula services and photography.
Ann Douglas, author of The Mother of All Pregnancy Books and The Mother of All Baby Books will speak about A Sneak Peak at Life After Baby on Friday at 2 p.m. and Sunday at 2:30 p.m. Douglas will also present, The Truth About Newborns on Saturday at 1 p.m.
Several speakers in the Seminar Room will be discussing topics of interest to new moms and parents, including:
- Yolanda, who will discuss SIDS and safe sleeping practices and will be making product recommendations. Yolanda’s personal tragedy has motivated her to share this information with other parents
- Samantha Montpetit and Kerri Cooper, who will talk about exercise and nutrition during pregnancy and the postpartum period
- Tracey Ruiz of The Sleep Doula, who will share tricks for getting your baby to sleep that she has learned from working with more than 1,000 babies.
You may already be considering working at home once you have your baby. Amy Ballon and Danielle Botterell, authors of Mom Inc., will discuss their transition from the corporate world to motherhood and self-employment on Fri., Nov., 11 from 10:30 a.m. to noon. Tickets for the Mom Inc. seminar are $30 and include admission to the BabyTime Show, child care, refreshments and goodie bags.
Is your baby already showing signs of athletic prowess? You may want to enter her in the Diaper Derby Crawl. To participate, babies must not yet be able to walk and be able to crawl 16 feet. The winner receives a prize package of baby goods while all participants receive a participant’s package. The contest happens at 11 a.m. each day at the Fun and Fitness Stage. Enter the contest online.
If you’ve brought your toddler with you to the show, she may enjoy playing with Fisher-Price toys in the Playtex Play Zone. Other activities for toddlers and young children include Meet Chuck the Truck, which takes place several times daily and TreeHouse TV’s The WotWots, a pre-school series featuring aliens SpottyWot and DottyWot. Popular TV character Olivia will read a story at noon and 2 p.m. daily.
One exhibit that is sure to be a hit is the Pregnancy Massage Therapy Clinic where practitioners from the Bayview Sheppard RMT Clinic will offer pregnancy massages.
Admission to the BabyTime Show is Adults $16, Grandparents $10 and 12 and under Free. Ticket sales at the Box Office are cash only. No wheeled bags are allowed. The show has many change areas and private nursing rooms for your convenience.