Sunday, 28 February 2010

The Baby Show - an essential part of having a baby


I was pleasantly surprised by last week’s Baby Show at London ExCeL – it was well organised and had a very relaxed vibe, and felt more like it was about giving parents a chance to research and try out essential baby equipment and educating parents-to-be rather than pushing them to buy things they didn’t need. Aside from hearing from parenting experts and celebrity speakers, parents-to-be and new parents were trying out baby carriers, buggies, monitors, and, well, every bit of baby gear you can imagine. It was also a great opportunity to check out all the brand new products on the market – including some weird and wonderful contraptions like the Ritmo prenatal MP3 player (really), the self-warming Yoomi baby bottles, and My Carry Potty, and stylish but practical baby new baby gear like funky cowboy-style absorbent bibs by skibz and the PishPosh nappy clutch, and to pick up a copy of the brand new parenting glossy, Baby London.   

My two were at nursery (it was a business outing after all!) but I did take a peek at baby care facilities anyway… the crèche looked really cheery, and there were plenty of places to sit down and have a rest or feed the baby, but every time I walked up and down all the stairs to use the toilet, I did wonder how pregnant women and mums with buggies were faring.

Were you at the Baby Show? What did you think?

PS - Later this week we’ll tell you which child friendly restaurant Annabel Karmel loves and why, and share Clare Byam-Cook’s top tips about feeding the baby while you’re out and about… so watch this space!

2 comments:

  1. I thought it was a good show but I thought there was too much in too small a space. I, personally, felt overwhelmed...almost couldn't see the forest for the trees. I was there for Pampers and found their changing station brilliant. I was child-free (first time ever) so didn't need the creche facilities but everything looked first rate. What they MUST have is WIFI! I can't believe that they don't have wireless? What are professional journalists or freelancers like me to do?? Something they really should work on for next time. :)
    Karin

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  2. Karin - I had the exact same frustration! I had planned to meet up with some Twitter mums, but none of us had mobile reception or WIFI, so couldn't get in touch. I'd also hoped to do a series of live "boos" on AudioBoo.fm but couldn't because of the lack of connection. Their loss :(

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