A free event for parents of young children is coming to Walthamstow, writes Elizabeth Owen
Being a local parent and working locally as a volunteer breastfeeding counsellor with La Leche League I know just how many amazing things there are on offer to young and growing families in Waltham Forest.
From a germ of an idea, to create a space to showcase the scope of activities and services, has grown The Pregnancy, Baby and Toddler Event. There are opportunities for all kinds of groups to get together in the borough but this event is, to my knowledge, a unique and pioneering one.
During pregnancy parents often first become aware of the things on offer in the new world they are entering. Once a baby is born, and with it a new family, activities and classes on offer can sometimes be overwhelming.
The Pregnancy, Baby and Toddler Event aims to provide a space for folk to see the faces behind groups and organisations and to explore what is going on locally to support them along their parenting journey – away from social media.
There is a trend nationally for baby shows; this will be very different in tone and definitely not as commercial! It’s a non-profit fundraiser for a really important local cause, La Leche League Waltham Forest, but that’s not to say there won’t be any special offers and deals on.
Free tasters and talks aimed at parents in the antenatal and postnatal period, as well as babies and toddlers, are bookable now – a wonderful chance to try things out and learn about new things in a safe, low-pressure environment.
Also on offer in the main hall are stalls offering demonstrations and displays (cloth nappies, for example) and hands-on activities for children themselves to become immersed in activities such as forest school, craft, and music and song. Look out for a flash mob, too!
Delicious refreshments, feeding and nappy change area, slings to hire for the event, a local reflexologist offering treatments and a raffle brim-full of local prizes donated by local businesses and groups. Do come along to this free event and get a taste of what is on offer.
Pregnancy, Baby and Toddler Event takes place on Saturday 16th June at Gnome House, Blackhorse Lane, Walthamstow, 2pm-5pm. For more information: