The organization, First3Years, celebrated the early experiences that shape lifelong potential for all babies with a state-wide event, Baby Day on February 15. The day was created to promote bonding and delight between caregivers and children. It celebrated the extraordinary period of growth and development infants and toddlers experience within their first three years of life.
Santa Maria’s Prevention and Intervention staff participated in two different cities, Baytown and Houston. The Baby Day event in Baytown was held at the Baytown Community Center and the event in Houston was held at The Health Museum. At both events, SMH staff and other community agencies led activities that engaged the infants in creative play and learning. The activities included; both infant and toddler yoga, infant CPR, story time (led by Santa Maria), mindfulness and breathing exercises, and curated art projects. It was delightful to see how “simple” activities like playing with bubbles, playing with balls of different sizes, colors and textures excited and engaged infants and toddlers. This annual celebration is growing across the country and we were proud to be part of the festivities!