The ultimate baby party is back! Caregivers are invited to leap into this new phase of life and bring their babies to the John M. Harper Branch for an exciting morning with other parents, caregivers and community experts.  

Our 2024 event will take place on Thursday, February 29 from 10am to 12pm at our John M. Harper Branch. This event is ideal for parents and caregivers of children from birth to 18 months.

At the event, you can visit our Babypalooza partners at their booths, connect with other caregivers, and attend short breakout session in the library lounge. Plus, library staff will be available to make your baby’s first library card and we’ll be giving away prizes for caregivers and babies to enjoy.

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Breakout Sessions Schedule

Breakout sessions will take place in the Library Lounge.

10:15am

Breastfeeding Buddies:
Return to Work While Breastfeeding or Pumping

Share peer tested tips and resources for easy transition to back to work or school or even daycare. Learn about the benefits of Breastfeeding beyond a year and how it can help and fit in to your plans. BFB staff can help answering questions about weaning, pumping and reducing breastfeeding during this transitional time.
10:45am

Tummies to Toes:
Learn Infant Massage Techniques

We will learn some basic techniques to calm and relax your little one as well as the benefits of child massage.
11:15am

Waterloo Public Library:
Babytime

Experience a Babytime program hosted by library staff! You'll read, rhyme, sing and move to help build your child's literacy skills.

 

Meet Our Partners

Baby Connections logo
The Strong Start Charitable Organization helps children develop foundational early literacy skills. We work in partnership with schools, community organizations and volunteers, to provide programs for children 6 months-9 years, as well as resources to families. Our programs are: Baby Connections, Get Ready for School and Letters, Sounds and Words.
Balancing Birth to Baby logo
Balancing Birth to Baby offers education and support for new and expecting families. We offer the widest range of prenatal and parenting classes in the Region, as well as birth and postpartum doulas services.
Better Bedtime logo
Better Bedtime is a sleep consultancy based in Waterloo Region. Services include one-on-one programs for infants, children, and adults and online programs for tired parents seeking sleep education. Established in 2015, our team includes Sleep Consultants, MSW/Social Workers, Occupational Therapist and more.
Blueprint Nutrition logo
Blueprint Nutrition's Child & Family Division supports children from 0 to 18 years of age. Our goal is to help you raise a nourished child who has a good relationship with food and their body. We specialize in the aresa of infant/toddler nutrition, picky eating, GI conditions and food allergies, youth disordered eating, and sport nutrition for youth. We look forward to connecting with you at Babypalooza!
Breastfeeding Buddies logo
Breastfeeding Buddies is a community base supportive program that has been active in Waterloo Region since 2001. We aim to assist families to meet their Breastfeeding Goals through feeling connected and being supported in the community.
Canadian Arab Women's Association logo
CAWA is a nonprofit organization that works to connect, support, and empower Arab women in Waterloo Region and Guelph. Our objective is to be the bridge that connects Arab women to each other and to broader Canadian society. We do this through hosting engaging and relevant events and programs and introducing Arab women to the resources they need.
CST Savings Inc. logo
The creators of education savings plans in Canada, CST has been helping Canadian families make post-secondary education attainable for over 60 years. We are passionate about helping Canadians invest in a better future for their children.
EarlyON logo
EarlyON Child and Family Centres offer free, high-quality programs for families and children from birth to six years old. You can learn and play together with your child, meet other families and receive support and resources from early years professionals.
KW Moms Club logo
Membership based high quality weekly run Baby/Parent and Toddler/Parent programming. We have locations in Kitchener, Waterloo and Cambridge. We rotate through art, music, sensory, guest speakers and fields trips! We also focus on bonding families together to create connections.
Music Together of Kitchener-Waterloo logo
We are a family music and music program for babies, toddlers and young school-aged children. Through music, instruments and movement we explore the early building block of music through family music-making, and encourage parents to use music to support overall development. Plus…we have TONS of fun!!
OneList Waterloo Region logo
OneList Waterloo Region is a web-based program, where parents/guardians apply for licensed child care in Waterloo Region (including centre-based, home-based, and before and after school programs). Licensed Child Care Operators receive the applications and they continue with the registration and enrollment process, when they have a space for your child.
Together: For Perinatal Mental Health Inc. logo
Together: For Perinatal Mental Health Inc. is a non-profit organization focused on providing inclusive and culturally informed perinatal mental health supports to families and building collective community care in Waterloo Region.
Tummies to Toes
Why Tummies to Toes? 25 years experience as a birth consultant, doula and childbirth educator. Curriculum guided by midwives, family doctors and obstetricians. Emphasis on teaching and empowering parents. Focus on natural childbirth, balanced with the "what ifs". Small class sizes = individual attention. Choice of weeknight or weekend classes.
Shore Centre logo
SHORE Centre promotes choice through accurate sexual health education and confidential pregnancy options support. We are sex positive, pro-choice, accessible and inclusive. We offer a wide variety of resources, including Stork Secrets for Perinatal Mental Health Support, and Empowering Pregnancy for those needed support with an unplanned pregnancy.
Infant and Child Studies Group logo
The Infant and Child Studies group is a group of researchers interested in better understanding child cognition: so how kids learn! All our studies are designed as games for children to play while we observe how they respond to various toys, videos or sounds. The activities are fun for the kids, and help us to understand concepts like how children learn new words, when children can begin to understand math, or what learning strategies kids use to understand new concepts.