On Sept 28, the Crestwood Medical Center in Huntsville hosted the Babypalooza Baby and Maturnity Expo at the Van Braun Center. The purpose of the event to is to introduce expectant parents and parents with newborns and toddlers to local vendors and pass on important healthcare information.

The expo featured over 40 vendors, ranging from pediatricians, dentist, childcare, and cord blood banking. Some of the vendors present included, Alabama Pediatric Dental Associates and Orthodontists, LaPetite AcademyRocket City Sitters, and Southern Cord Inc 4D Mommies Ultra Sound was also there offering 4D ultra sound packages at a discounted price.

Although the expo was advertised for parents of babies and toddlers, it mainly focused on expectant parents. All of the classes and seminars were for expectant parents or parents of newborns. This included classes on breastfeeding, cloth diapering, and meet a doula/midwife.  Furthermore, most of the games and door were exclusively for expectant parents.     

As a mother of a child under the age of one, I did not find the expo very informative. I had hoped the expo would have had more product vendors, such as baby food pouches, toys, clothes, stylish diaper bags, etc., with items for sale/display. Unfortunately, most products on displace were nursery room items.

My advise for the expo is to include baby boutiques and baby item vendors. Items relating to baby food, clothing, organic and natural items for baby and stylish items for momma, like diaper bags, would be very welcomed. I believe if these types of vendors were included, it would be a more well rounded expo. 

Although I did not find the expo helpful, I highly recommend it for expectant parents. It is a great way to meet pediatricians, midwives and doulas, not mention the opportunity to participate in free classes on breastfeeding. Plus, discounted 4D ultra sounds!

So if you plan on starting a family next year, be on the look out for the Babypalooza Expo at the VBC. I will be sure to post a link when the new schedule is announced. 

Note: MHM was not asked to review the Babypalooza Expo nor were we given any funds in exchange for this review.

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