Amy Lundy of South Tampa, the founder of the event, said this is the second year she has organized the adults-only event that brings together expectant and new parents with local and national companies. Lundy said attendees of the event, presented by BayCare Health System, will be some of the first to see some of the new and innovative products geared for infants and small children.
“Parents today have so many choices and the marketplace is a bit intimidating because every day new products and services are coming out and there are major decisions to be made – health, safety, financial, convenience, ease of use and other concerns are top of mind for all parents,” Lundy said. “Parents are interested in finding the best resources, products and services for themselves, their children, their families in an efficient and cost-effective way. Safety is an absolute must whether it’s a car seat, stroller, babysitter/nanny, teething toy or anything else. There is nothing more important than your child’s health and safety.”
Lundy has a background in corporate marketing and events. She did the first event in Tampa in 2012 followed by one in the Washington, D.C., metro area in April and most recently in the Fort Lauderdale area in October. She plans to organize The Mother of All Baby Showers in those cities again in 2014, as well as expand to Philadelphia.
As the mother of Alexandra, 3 and Jude, 3 months, Lundy said she can relate to the nervous energy and excitement new and expectant parents feel. She hopes to take eliminate some of the stress for women.
“Our family, friends, and even strangers want to offer advice, but every child and every parent is different, so my main objective with this event is to show parents that you have choices and resources and we’re all in this together,” she said. “I want to celebrate and shower these new families during this special time in their lives and offer them the support they deserve.”
In addition to giving parents a chance to ask questions about products, they can also learn about cutting-edge and controversial issues such as vaccinations and milk banks.
The featured speaker at the event will be Rosie Pope, star of Bravo’s “Pregnant in Heels.” She is also the creative force behind Rosie Pope Maternity and author of “Mommy IQ: The Complete Guide to Pregnancy.”
“I am so excited to be the keynote speaker at The Mother of all Baby Showers,” Pope said. “Amy Lundy has pinpointed an underserved need for families in the Tampa area to have access to the most up-to-date education and products, helping to make their lives easier on their journey as parents. I am thrilled to be working with Amy again and I can’t wait to meet all the moms and dads to be.”
The Mother of All Baby Showers expects to attract more than 500 attendees and will feature more than 50 companies including Britax and BOB, ErgoBaby and OrbitBaby, Northwestern Mutual, Enfamil, Chicco, Happy Family, Mommy Guru, Babies R Us and Pediatric Health Care Alliance.
Educational sessions will cover “The ABCs of Planning for Baby and Beyond,” “Pre- and Postnatal Health and Nutrition,” “Nursery Design,” “Child Passenger Safety,” “Sleep Training” and “Financial Planning.”
Kimberly Guy, president of St. Joseph’s Women’s Hospital and St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital, said the BayCare Health System is proud to be a major sponsor.
“As the presenting sponsor for the event, we look forward to meeting new parents and soon-to-be parents,” Guy said. “As the largest health care system in the Tampa Bay area, we are committed to supporting our community of families, and we know this event will be an excellent opportunity to present the array of services we offer families throughout their lives, far beyond pregnancy and early parenthood.”
Tickets are $15 for regular admission and $25 for advanced admission. Advanced admission is limited to 150 people and includes a three-month family membership to Glazer Children’s Museum, early admission to the event at 5:30 p.m., and a special swag bag. Tickets can be purchased by visiting www.themotherofallbabyshowers.com.