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Friday, April 8, 2016

My First Smart Parenting Baby Shower Event

If you have been following my Instagram account, you probably have seen my post about the Smart Parenting Baby Shower last April, 3 2016 held at the Discovery Suites in Ortigas. I was pretty sure my relatives and friends would question why am I in a Baby Shower event, or "Pearl are you pregnant...again?" lol So I made my caption very clear that "No, I'm not pregnant" haha!

With my 3 pregnancies I never got the chance to attend or have my own baby shower that's why when I got an invite for the Smart Parenting's Annual Baby Shower, I did not think twice. As I said in my caption, it's always a joy being a mom and to celebrate it with other expectant mothers while we are learning at the same time.
A lot of expectant mothers look forward to the Smart Parenting Baby Shower as it has become a venue for interactive and hands-on learning, as well as fruitful dialogues among mothers about the wonderful and exciting journey of 
pregnancy,” said Lei Dimarucut-Sison, Smart Parenting Managing Editor. 
This year, Smart Parenting partnered with Downy Baby Gentle, the latest innovation in fabric conditioner designed to provide gentle softness and long-lasting mild scent for baby's clothes. The Smart Parenting Baby Shower was an informative and fun-filled day as all mom's and expectant mothers engaged in activities and relevant discussions. The event was hosted by the celebrity DJ Delamar Arias.

Smart Parenting experts shared essential information for every mom-to-be as they prepare for the arrival of their new bundle of joy. In line with this, they also revealed a special supplement "All About Babies" which will serve as a guide for mothers fourth trimester.

At the event, mothers were given first-hand information about the importance of choosing baby-friendly products that are tested by dermatologists and certified safe for baby's sensitive skin. An expert from the Philippines Pediatric Society, Dr. Jamie Isip-Cumpas, shared the significance of Gentle Softness on Baby's Skin. 

Betty San Luis was also there to shed some light on the different options of giving birth with Your Birth of Choice: Natural, Medicated, C-Section, or Water Birth. Betty is the main Childbirth Mentor of Birthing is a Blessing. She is a certified Doula with Childbirth International (CBI), a global training organization committed to establishing international standards for childbirth education programs and doula training. She also conducts Childbirth Preparation Classes and nurtures birthing mothers through her Doula Support Service.

To those who doesn't know what Doula is here is a description I got from Wikipedia:
A Doula, provides continuous emotional and practical support, for mothers and couples, through pregnancy, birth and immediately postpartum, also providing flexible practical and emotional support postnatally for new mothers and families in their own homes.
Series of talks were also conducted by Sharon Agoncillo-Galang, an Independent Certified Instructor (ICI) of the Baby Signs® Program and a passionate speaker with 18 years of hands-on experience on the different fields of Early Education, Training and Development, Training Management and Leadership. 

Through her talk we learned the proven benefits of Signing which are the following:

  • Boosts intellectual achievement as measured by IQ at age 8.
  • Decreases frustration and aggression
  • Increases adults' respect for babies abilities
  • Strengthens the parent-child relationship
  • Fosters positive emotional development.
The first thing that went on my mind as she was discussing this topic was the movie "Meet The Fockers" where the baby there was doing baby sign language which was pretty cool!

Another talk tackled was one of my favorites, Breastfeeding! It was discussed by Zenaida Feliciano, an executive turned Breastfeeding Coach who helped set-up the first Prenatal Lactation Clinic in the Philippines at the Asian Hospital. 

I'm an advocate of breastfeeding and I was able to breastfeed my youngest for more than 2 years. Yey!

TV host-author and first-time mother, Bianca Gonzalez-Intal also graced the event. Bianca describes herself as a hands-on mother despite her busy schedule. She shared her experiences as first time mom to her 5-month daughter Lucia Martine. 

Later that day, some of the expectant mothers learned and experienced Pre-natal Yoga with Urban Ashram.

While other mommy guests including me had a fun activity conducted by the Writer, stylist, and travel blogger, Coni Tejada where we designed our own baby bibs. One winner were chosen and won a year supply of Downy Baby Gentle!

Indeed it was a day filled with lots of fun and all the mommies came home not only with useful Downy Baby Gentle Goodies, but also with helpful tips and relevant information they can use once their little ones arrive.
Thanks to Smart Parenting and Downy Baby Gentle for organizing the event and for having me. The Smart Parenting Baby Shower event is being held yearly and if you are planning to have a baby next year I suggest you to also attend their event next year.

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