Emporia gears up for 2019 Lyon County Community Baby Shower


Whether you’re a new mom or expecting it’s of course an exciting time, but it can also be a little nerve-wracking. Gail Barrett started the Lyon County Community Baby Shower in Emporia, which is now in its fourth year. 

“We put them all together in a room. We let the moms come and visit, just learn, and get some ideas on just where to get help. After that’s done, they come and sit and listen to a presentation on safe slee. And then in turn, after they spend the morning with us, they get a pack and play or a safe sleep type crib that they can use at home,” explains Gail Barrett, the founder of the Lyon County Community Baby Shower.  

Barrett started the program after her son died from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome in 2010. 

“After we got the diagnosis of what happened or what didn’t happen, we didn’t really know anything had happened, we just really feel like there was a lack in education,” says Barrett. 

Amy Coffelt is a new mom in Emporia, who is grateful for the much needed information. 

“I mean I knew nothing! My little Michael is 8 months old, and is still in his bassinet, sleeps on his back, always gets swaddled. I wouldn’t have known that information had I not attended,” says Coffelt.  

Multiple businesses in the community attend the shower, to provide resources on new baby care. Awareness is key!

“Even if it’s not your first child, information is always changing. We change our presentations all the time, and its just good to keep updated on information. If you bring support help, like grandparents that’s also a good refresher for them,” Barrett explains. 

“I think it’s just a great opportunity for all expectant mothers to attend. They get freebies, goodies, can network and it’s just great education for the community!” says Coffelt.  

The Lyon County Community Baby Shower starts at 9:00 tomorrow morning, at the Lyon County Fair Grounds – Anderson Building right now there are 200 plus moms, who are signed up to attend! Of course, more are welcome!  

For more information visit: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/lyon-county-baby-shower-tickets-52017455610

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