Yesterday we spent the day at The Baby Show at the NEC in Birmingham and had a brilliant day. Here’s my round up with top tips and special offers to look out for.
Facilities: Tommee Tippee sponsored the Feeding Area with access to bottle warmers, microwaves and free bibs, free spoons and free Plum baby food. There was also a private breastfeeding room for Mums who didn’t want to feed in full view of passers by. This was a very popular spot for hungry babies and their Mummies. The Pampers Changing Area was great with Stokke Care changing tables, free Pampers nappies in a huge range of sizes and free Pampers. The changing area was quite busy but we used it twice and didn’t have to wait very long to change Little Mr.
I wondered whether there might be an area that could promote sleep for little ones as Little Mr struggled to drop off due to the lights and noise in the hall. They’ve got feeding and changing covered so perhaps a nap area for babies could be introduced?
Big Brands: All the major baby brands were at the show showing off their latest products.
If you were looking for a pushchair, buggy or a car seat Stokke, Cosatto, Maxi-Cosi and Britax had all their items on show for you to have a play with. I have major pushchair envy now and would absolutely love a Stokke Xplory or a Cosatto Giggle. They’re beautiful!
Tommee Tippee, Philips Avent and Mam all had stands with show offers to take advantage of. Tommee Tippee were showing off their latest new gadget ‘The Perfect Prep’ machine which looked fantastic!
Fisher Price, Babies R Us and Mothercare were all there too with lots of lovely products for you to test out and buy. Little Mr’s face lit up when he saw some of the toys on show.
Serious shopping; My must visit stands this year were Mia Tui, Cuddledry, The Gro Company, Milton, Mum Kind, Momymoo and Mummy and Little Me.
Expert Advice: Not only could you pick up some amazing bargains but you can actually learn quite a lot at the show too. On the Baby Show stage I caught Professor Robert Winston answering questions from the audience. The amount of stuff he knows is amazing. I also met up with the lovely Dean from Daddy Natal (The Natal Company) who had previously given me some tips via twitter on how to get Little Mr to sleep during the day. I was gutted to have missed his sleep workshop but would definitely recommend looking him up and if you know a Daddy-to-be or are a recent Dad looking for tips, his book ‘The Expectant Dad’s Handbook: All you need to know about pregnancy, birth and beyond’ is out now. (Review to follow as PapaShilts has been given a copy to swot up on his skills!)
Top tips: Take cash with you for smaller purchases, take a big fold up bag to put your goodies in, wear comfy shoes and take your own lunch!
Don’t miss out: Fairy Non-Bio are giving out free samples of their washing tablets, Pampers are giving out free trial packs of newborn nappies, sign up for email updates from Fisher Price and get a free goody bag with a free toy, become part of the Mamas and Papas family and receive a free £5 gift card in their goody bag and lastly the Prima Baby and Pregnancy Magazine goody bags are only £2 each and we got some lovely bits including two of their magazines and a fab toy from Kiddicare.
It was great to meet some lovely blogger friends at the show too; Bryony and the gorgeous baby G, Pippa (RedRoseMummy) and her very cute daughter, Hannah and a very active Baby J and the lovely Ryan from Transatlantic Blonde. I also met up with real life friends Lisa and baby Emma and my friend Helen who is expecting Baby C in September.
Overall we had a lovely day at The Baby Show. We managed to look at pretty much all of the show but not in as much detail as we would of liked. I will definitely be going back to the show next year. Little Mr will be well into toys and I fear next years show will be a lot more expensive!
Disclaimer: I was given two tickets to attend this years Baby Show. All images and words are my own.