Oh Baby! Did you know that a baby Platypus is called a Puggle? Or that a newborn goes through 10-12 diapers a day?

USO Rota celebrated expecting and new mothers at our jungle-themed Baby Spritz event where participants learned these fun facts! Having a new baby is a huge milestone in life, and having support makes all the difference when this major life change occurs. Military life can be great when you find your “village” to be there during the transition to motherhood, and USO Rota aims to aid in building those connections! At the Baby Spritz event, we kicked off the event with a fun Ice Breaker Bingo game. Attendees had to chat with others to get a BINGO by matching them to squares like “Is Vegetarian” or “Has been to 3 continents!“ This sparked a lot of fun conversation as the participants mingled to learn interesting facts about others. After getting to know one another a little more, moms and moms-to-be took part in other fun games, such as Baby Trivia, “What’s in Your Phone?” and “Name that Baby Animal”. The winner of each game received a prize basket with Johnson & Johnson baby products, and a sweet baby bear security blanket. USO Rota welcomed representatives from Naval Hospital Rota’s Labor and Delivery, Navy Marine Corps Relief Society, Educational and Developmental Intervention Services, The Joy Center, and Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS) to share their knowledge and resources available.

Expectant mothers had the opportunity to chat with our community’s brand-new traveling nurse or link up with support groups, all whilst enjoying a baby spritz just for them. The program menu included a delicious spread of cucumber tea sandwiches, fruit and vegetable platter, chips, dips, and cupcakes. Throughout the event, participants had the chance to win amazing prizes such as a Graco pack ‘n play, a JANE baby carrier, and tiny USO onesies through a raffle drawing. As the event commenced, each mother received a goodie bag packed with a few baby essentials, so no one was left empty-handed! Being a military family means many new mothers are away from their families and friends back home, so having their own baby shower surrounded by a support group may not be possible. Because of this, USO Rota is grateful we can support and celebrate these moms and moms-to-be! USO Rota is so thankful to our guest speakers, volunteers, and partners who made this event so special. Congratulations to all the new and expecting moms in our Naval Station Rota community!

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