(RILEY COUNTY, KANSAS – May 16, 2023) Riley County Health Department is pleased to invite expecting and/or new parents to the second annual Community Baby Shower on June 3, 2023, from 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. The event will be held at the Family and Child Resource Center at 2101 Claflin Ave (east end, upper-level entrance). The event will be held rain or shine.
Registration is not required, but highly recommended as safe sleep bundles will be available to families completing safe sleep training while supplies last. A safe sleep bundle includes a pack and play, safe sleep sack, and pacifier. Safe sleep training, resources, and books will be available in Spanish and English at the event. Resources are intended for expecting families or infants up to 12 months of age.
Register by calling 785-776-4779 ext. 7621 or fill out the forms online.
Registration forms in ENGLISH
Registration forms in SPANISH
Note - registration forms are filled out on PDF filler. They are easier to complete on a computer but can also be filled out on a mobile device.
Community partners will also be present with parenting resources and educational materials along with light snacks, games, and fun. The Maternal and Child Health (MCH) program will have certified safe sleep instructors at the event. Families are encouraged to attend together, and children of all ages are welcome.
Almost 50 people have registered for the event as of May 16.
“Educating the community on safe sleep is a priority for the Maternal and Child Health program,” said Breva Spencer, Maternal and Child Health Supervisor. “Based off last year’s Community Baby Shower data, the event was a success as there were statistically significant changes in participants’ intention to sleep their baby on their back after the event. Additionally, there was a higher than usual increase in knowledge of local resources for tobacco cessation and breastfeeding. We hope the event will bring education and awareness and decrease sleep-related deaths in Riley County by providing safe sleep bundles to the community.”
The event is made possible through a grant from the Greater Manhattan Community Foundation.