Hundreds of mothers, fathers and grandparents took their babies and young children to an interactive and informative Baby Expo held at the Lentegeur Civic Centre on Thursday.Focusing on nutrition, hygiene, food preparation, play therapy and tips on preventing diarrhoea during surge season, the mothers were also able to have their children vaccinated and interact with speech therapists and occupational therapists, with access to family planning information as well.The event was hosted by the Provincial Department of Health in collaboration with City Health and various organisations working in the area.The expo centred around the first 1000 days of the child’s life and featured themes side-by-side.“The first 1000 days starts when the mother gets pregnant, all the way to when the child turns two,” explains Mitchell’s Plain District Hospital paediatrician, Dr Graeme Spittal.Organisers were pleased with the turnout at the event. Initially expecting only 200 parents and babies, their total reached 210 parents, excluding the children who accompanied them.Daniel Williams, a father who attended the event, says he wanted to learn how to play a more invested role in his young son’s life.“This is my first child and I wanted to be here with my girlfriend to learn about what to do for my son. My father was not part of my life and I want to be a part of his life,” he says.The initiative has been an ongoing focus for the department, with several other initiatives having been held in the area before. This venue was chosen based on the needs presented by the community. The event was set to encourage parents to play an active role in their children’s lives for the first 1000 days. There were also spot prizes, and a jumping castle and face painting to keep the children entertained.