Saturday will be a celebration of babies at Baby Day 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Baytown Community Center Auditorium, 2407 Market Street.

The free event will be a day of bonding and delight for infants, toddlers and their families, with story times, music, sensory and motor skills activities, infant/toddler CPR classes, giveaways and more.

A light breakfast will be provided at 10 a.m. followed by a welcome address from Baytown Mayor Brandon Capetillo.

The event is free, but participants are asked to register in advance at https://babyday.us/event/baytown/.

Baby Day is a statewide celebration of the first three years of life, when early experiences shape a person’s lifelong potential.

In a time when the national birth rate is below the level required to maintain a steady population, Texas is one of the states where births exceed death—so much so that about half of the state’s population growth is attributed to births (with the rest of the growth coming from people moving in from other states and countries).

In 2017, the lifetime fertility rate in Texas was 1,916 births per 1,000 women, compared to 1,765 per 1,000 women nationwide.

Locally, Houston Methodist Baytown Hospital delivers about 1,700 babies a year, according to senior communications specialist Rod Evans.

Sponsors of the Baby Day event include Babies in Baytown Community Researchers, Baytown Family YMCA, Church Women United, Goose Creek CISD, Harris County Department of Education: Head Start, Kelsey-Seybold Clinic, ReAct in a Heartbeat, Sankofa Research Institute, Santa Maria Hostel and Sterling Municipal Library.

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