Amy Lundy has a cure for expectant mothers and new parents swimming in a sea of diapers, formula and sleepless nights.
The Mother of All Baby Showers.
Lundy - creator of the event and founder of Small Fry Society and Bun in the Oven Bunch, an educational program for families - aims to give parents a night out to mingle with other moms and dads at the November event at the Glazer Children's Museum.
Educational sessions on parenting, a pampering suite and giveaways are part of the event, which will be put on in partnership with St. Joseph's Women's Hospital and St. Joseph's Children's Hospital, Lundy said.
Rosie Pope of Bravo TV's "Pregnant in Heels" is also expected to attend, Lundy said.
“As a first time mom, the choices for doctors, strollers, car seats, clothing, baby food, formula, furniture and so on were overwhelming," she said. "The Mother of All Baby Showers is a true one-stop shopping experience for gathering useful information and resources, meeting other parents and parents-to-be, celebrating parenthood and getting pampering and gifted in the process."
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We recently talked to Lundy, a married mom, about her company and what attendees can expect at the Mother of All Baby Showers.
On Small Fry Society and Bun in the Oven Bunch: It's a go-to program in Tampa for expectant and new parents. Over a six week term, we do a different activity every week with an educational and social focus. What separates SFS from other mommy and me groups is that it's social. SFS is an hour and a half session packed with an activity, having lunch, breakfast, getting to know people. We do a girls night out, no kids, only moms. It's about getting out of the house and getting to know the adults around you in a different demographic.
On how she began a partnership with local hospitals for the Mother of All Baby Showers: I delivered at St. Joseph's. I had a really great exprience. Months later, I talked to them about partnering. Our programs are not a replacement for what the hospital offers. My program is a supplement for what their program is doing. When I came up for the idea for the Mother of All Baby Showers, I said, 'I am doing this event, and it's different. I'd love to talk to you guys about it.'
About the Mother of All Baby Showers: It's a 3.5 hour event, from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. We have educational sessions on child care topics, parenting, financial topics, panelists. We have a pampering suite. We have over $20,000 in giveaways from stores and restaurants. It's an adults-only event. Take your husband, take your mom.
What she hopes mothers get out of the Mother of All Baby Showers: We want them to walk away feeling comfortable and confident and gather contacts. Going in happy, walking out happier. We want to take away as much stress as we can. I wish this was around when I was having my child.
Tickets for the event are $15 for regular admission. For $25, a ticket for regular admission includes a three-month family membership to Glazer Family Museum (offer is limited to 100 people) and early entry into the event. Tickets are available at www.themotherofallbabyshowers.com.