Saturday WSFA 12 News' inaugural Made for Moms Expo was held and more than a thousand people packed the Renaissance Hotel in downtown Montgomery. More than 70 vendors helped parents with both information and products to keep their little ones safe.
WSFA 12 News Digital Sales Manager Kerry Robelotto said that though the process was an everyday thing, and that through and meticulous detail went into the three months of planning.
"We started planning this about three months ago and we were trying to think, you know, 'how many people can we expect? How will this event go?' Painstakingly everyday we kind of put it together and it really has turned out so great," Robelotto said. "We've already had over 1,500 people, final counts will be here soon, but there are smiling faces, really great talks happening and the vendors seem really thrilled so we're happy."
Among the dozens of vendors included focuses on child safety, online safety, child health, health for moms, and more.
"We got a lot of different vendors here and they teach you about the many things you need to know -it's especially really good for first-time moms. They teach you about the crib safety, and car seat safety," said Katherine Coyne, Made for Moms speaker.
Some of the moms that visited the Made for Moms expo shared their favorite part of the event.
"My favorite thing so far has been the expo put on by the Montgomery Police Department for child safety," said Mary Ann Geier. "I think it was very informative."
"Just being able to explore and just know that there are people that are out there that can help you when you're going through different circumstances," said Monica Walker.
"I'm glad that there is some variety. There are some informational booths, there are some business vendors from the Montgomery area, and then also some medical presenters and vendors so the variety is really good," said Holli Zukowski.
While year one of Made for Moms is in the books, plans are already underway for next year.
"15 minutes in our general manager, Mark Bunting, started thinking about plans for 2018 and we have already started putting those together to make this an even bigger event. Vendors or interested parties are certainly able to go ahead and contact us to go ahead and get signed up for that in 2018, and it'll be a great event year after year," said Robelotto.
One of the more difficult topics discussed was Postpartum depression for instance. Anyone suffering can visit a website that offers different resources to help.
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