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Baby Expo in Summerside displays services, products to make life easier for new parents

Mary Catherine Arsenault was with her six-month-old baby Berkley-Mae at the baby expo event hosted by Family Place on Sunday afternoon.
Mary Catherine Arsenault was with her six-month-old baby Berkley-Mae at the baby expo event hosted by Family Place on Sunday afternoon. - Desiree Anstey

SUMMERSIDE, P.E.I. – From dieticians, photography, clothes to toys, Family Place made moms and dads lives a little easier on Sunday afternoon at St. Eleanors Community Centre in Summmerside.

Hello Baby! Maternity and Baby Expo started off on the right foot, with more than 60 adults walking through the doors within the first half hour to visit the 30 vendors.

Mary Catherine Arsenault was with her six-month-old baby Berkley-Mae. Arsenault is the owner of Eco Baby, which sells homemade car seat covers, postpartum depression and baby wraps, as well as teething rings with wooden bars sewn inside.

Danielle Gaudry-MacFadyen, owner of Humina Humina, was selling homemade hats, toys and knitted items for adults and children.
Danielle Gaudry-MacFadyen, owner of Humina Humina, was selling homemade hats, toys and knitted items for adults and children.

 

“I’ve been making crafts and sewing things all my life,” said Arsenault, who admitted it’s a skill that comes naturally to her.

“The purpose of the event is to bring together not-for-profit organizations and vendors who would have programs or services to expecting or new moms and dads,” said Laura Quinn Graham, the executive director of Family Place.

She continued, “Admission is by donation and all proceeds go towards supporting our (Family Place) free programs and services in Summerside.”

“We’re hoping to expand this event, so it’s similar to our previous event called Family Expo. This event usually attracts between 1,500 to 3,000 people. Our goal is to hold this in May on the Saturday before Mother’s Day.”

For more information, visit www.familyplacepei.com.

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