Yesterday Little Mr and I caught the train down to London to visit The Baby Show at Olympia, in London. We had been invited by our friends at Fisher Price to attend the show along with fellow bloggers and their little ones.
After nearly missing our train from Birmingham (due to the M6 being closed) I managed to get on the train with Little Mr in his pushchair. It was the first time I’d decided to take the Affinity to London and I am so glad I did. We had a change of trains in Watford where I met up with Zoe of Mama Geek and her daughter and we headed towards Olympia together along with a train full of other Mums and their babies in pushchairs.
Olympia is massive. Plenty of room for lots of the usual big brands as well as local (to London) smaller ones showing off their baby and toddler products. I had made a mental note of the brands I wanted to visit and after taking advantage of the Baby changing area which was sponsored by Asda’s Little Angels, we were ready to see what the show had to offer.
Our favourite brands
We said hello to the lovely Mama Baby Bliss team where we met founder Justina and actress Holly Matthews. Mama Baby Bliss were launching three new products at the show including their new baby massage and yoga routines CD – The Mama & BabyBliss CD (review coming soon).
I took the time to say hello to the chaps at Britax as I had a few questions about the Dualfix car seat we’re currently reviewing and I’m really glad I did. After a quick demonstration, it turns out I was using the seat in the wrong mode so hopefully now Little Mr will have have a more comfortable ride.
We then went for lunch with Fisher Price where we learnt more about the Laugh and Learn range and the infectious power of a baby laugh. Little Mr enjoyed rolling around the play mat and watching the other little boys and girls playing with some of the Laugh and Learn range. We’ve been lucky enough to have been given a couple of toys for Little Mr to play with so I’ll be unpacking those next week for him to start playing with.
After lunch we were left to enjoy the rest of the show so once Little Mr had fallen asleep in his pushchair, I browsed the show at my leisure which actually was really lovely. There were no time pressures and I was able to mingle and have a look at some brilliant new products.
I met up with Tom and the Stylfile team to give them some more user feedback on the Nipper Clipper and it was great to see the product doing so well. We use ours religiously when Little Mr’s nails get a little sharp and I’d never go back to using nail scissors now.
Funky Giraffe Bibs were selling their dribble bibs at a brilliant price and I spotted some Baby’s First Christmas bibs on sale which is obviously very timely. I also bought Little Mr some moccasin socks to keep his tutsies warm in the winter.
I snapped up a Made For Mums goody bag for just £2 which included two magazines, some baby wipes, pouches of puree, sample nappies, nappy creams, bubble bath and vitamins. Lots of goodies for a bargain price.
If you’re heading to the show tomorrow, here are my top tips to make sure you make the most of the day
– Make a plan of what brands you want to see, you’ll get distracted and forget (Yup, I did this!)
– Take your own bottle of water and snacks (Food and drink is expensive to buy at Olympia)
– Take a large shopper bag for all the leaflets, freebies and goody bags you may be given
– Olympia gets really warm so you won’t need a coat
– Good luck if you’re heading home on the train (we had to seek assistance to get our pushchairs on the train in the early evening)
– Take plenty of cash, although card machines are available to use for larger purchases.
Big thanks to Fisher Price for our ticket and lunch, thanks to the brands we met up with and thanks to the Transport for London man who made sure we got on the train home!
Disclaimer: I’ve not been asked to write this post, I’m just grateful for a lovely day out and want to say thanks, I’m kind like that!