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Expo is all about babies

The fourth annual Badlands Baby Fair and Expo will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Saturday, April 21, at the Astoria Hotel & Event Center. The expo is a free community event to advocate natural parenting strategies and to showcase community services available for pregnancy through preschool.

There will be gift bags, door prizes, education, activities, food  and fun. This community event is free.

The expo and EmyJean Designs have joined forces with the Rebecca Foundation to participate in the Great Cloth Diaper Change international event taking place at 11 a.m. This year’s theme is Make a Change! To date, there are more than 133 locations in 14 countries.

The activities will lead up to the third annual “I Crawled the Line!” Diaper Derby at 2 p.m., sponsored by Rattle and Roll Baby Boutique. The fastest crawler west of the Mississippi River wins a first birthday “Smash Bash” package. Register at www.badlandsbabyfair.com and check in at 1:45 p.m.  Participation is limited to the first 24 registrants.  Guests from Dickinson Roller Derby will help referee the derby.

The expo is an opportunity for young families to celebrate Earth Day, and to meet other families with children. The first 250 guests will receive a reusable tote bag with gifts & offers. Door prizes will be drawn at the end of the day. Activities include micro mini photography sessions with k.bothum photography, a mother's lounge with recliners courtesy of Furniture City, a babywearing demonstration, bounce house courtesy of Bounce Right Rentals, a car seat safety check up, concessions courtesy of Little Links, selfie station photos with the Badlands Baby Fair Stork #BBFspecialdelivery.

Guest speakers and events:

10:30 a.m. Green" Your Sex Life -- Fertility Awareness Method and You"

10:45 a.m. Unmasking Postpartum Depression

11:30 a.m. Breastfeeding -- Getting a Good Start

11:45 a.m. Basics of Cloth Diapering

12:30 p.m. Active Parenting -- The First 5 Years

12:45 p.m. Centering Pregnancy

1:30 p.m. New Baby on the Block --Now Where Do I Put Him?

1:45 p.m. Pelvic Floor + Core -- Getting Strength Back after Baby

2:30 p.m. Infant Massage

2:45 p.m. Picky Eaters and Problem Feeders

10-1 p.m., car seat check up clinic (weather permitting)

10:15 a.m., Kids Fit

11 a.m., Great Cloth Diaper Change, benefitting The Rebecca Foundation Cloth Diaper Closet. (The Rebecca Foundation is a non-profit cloth diaper lending program.)

12:30 p.m., babywearing demonstration

2 p.m.  diaper derby

3 p.m.  awards ceremony

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