Yesterday our little family took a trip to The Baby Show. Now, at fourteen months Freya is practically a toddler but I’m trying to hang onto every little bit of her beautiful babyness while I can…from her smell, to her soft skin and sleepy cuddles! There was no way I could turn down the chance of a whole baby-focussed day. As we approached the entrance to London’s Excel and saw lots of mummies, daddies, bumps, babies and buggies heading through the doors, Freya started kicking her legs in anticipation and my pace, and pulse, quickened. I could tell as we walked through the first stalls, programme in hand, we weren’t going to be disappointed. This was a baby mecca!
From the Pampers Changing Room (a room full of changing tables, mobiles, nappies and wipes) to the Tommee Tippee Feeding and Breastfeeding Area (complete with microwaves, bibs and bottle warmers) to the Fisher-Price creche and Emma’s Diary mum’s meeting point. We were in baby heaven. All the key product-players in my little baby’s life were there. From Plum to Ella’s Kitchen to Philips Avent, Britax, Stokke, Mothercare…I could go on and on. We even saw a giant replica of one of Freya’s favourite Fisher-Price toys…which made her laugh out loud with excitement! Plus lots of smaller boutique stalls with beautiful baby bits.
But the day wasn’t totally product-focussed, we had Freya’s picture taken by the experts at the Sonam Portrait Studios – taking away a free print and entering her in a competition to find the face of The Baby Show. (Fingers crossed!) We stopped at the Prima Baby stage and listened to tips on baby nap times, picking up a copy for £1. Plus there were experts to talk to at the Tommy’s Meet the Midwives and Health Visitors Centre.
We were very well restrained and (ironically) only bought Freya her first pair of reins discounted to half price. Plus we took away a lot of food samples and freebies. This is a must for anyone who needs to kit out their nursery or wants to learn more about babies. And there’s still time, the show runs from February 18-21. Tickets on the door are £20 (including programme).Find out more here
It’s fair to say we all needed an afternoon nap by the end…