The Colusa County Community Advocates for Parents and Children, Colusa County Public Health Department, and First 5 Colusa threw a babyshower on May 14 and all families with babies were invited. This baby bash was the fifth Annual Colusa County Community Baby Shower.
The event was held at the Williams Education Village, where new parents and soon-to-be parents were welcomed in for a wealth of information offered by Colusa County with the intent to give parents valuable items, resources, and an opportunity to ask questions from credible sources.
“It is a community baby shower, but it is also a maternal health fair,” said Ginger Harlow, executive director at First 5 Colusa, Children and Families Commission. “There’s a lot of information that helps link parents to those services to help them navigate parenthood.”
A total of 24 booths presented a varitety of support available for expectant and new parents. Some of the topics presented were lactation, water safety, safe sleeping techniques to avoid SIDS, child passenger safety, CPR, oral health, and much more.
“A big thing is just connecting (parents) with those agencies that can be there to support them through the birth, but also for the first two years, if not more,” Harlow said.
One critique about babies is that they don’t come with an owner’s manual, but this event was about as close as a parent could get.
For families that were not aware of available services, the booths were manned by organizations that may not be directly related to babies but could still offer expert advice that would be applicable to new parents. “It’s just nice to have all the agencies there in one place so a parent can get the majority of the information that they need to navigate parenthood,” Harlow said.
Attendance in past years has been comparable to similar events in bigger counties such as Yuba and Sutter counties. Yet, there was still plenty of free gifts to go around. Some goodies that were given away from local donors were crocheted baby hats and blankets, handmade quilts, HALO SleepSacks, gently used baby clothes, and various items such as shoes, bathing tubs, etc.
Those who were not able to attend the event are still welcome to contact First 5 for help with a wide range of topics that specifically pertain to families with young children.■