Today we have been to The Baby Show, Birmingham, which has absolutely loads for parents whether you are awaiting your new arrival or you have your little one already. We took both of our little ones along but be prepared, little legs will be stretched if you are going to get the most out of the day.
Before I tell you anything else, let me pass on a message from Mrs View From a Daddy who is keen to let you know that the private feeding area is absolutely fab with comfy relaxing seats in a quiet zone. Now, she may be saying all of this because she managed to escape the little lady and I for some time or it may be because it really was a haven. I’m inclined to think it was the latter as it is situated behind curtains where it would seem peace is kept! There were soft nursing chairs that ‘cuddled’ you and footstools to rest and feed. Be warned that this was busy particularly at ‘lunch time’ but at other feeding times both earlier and later in the day, seats were available. Mrs VFAD also loved the changing area, which is sponsored by Aldi and provides free samples of nappies, wipes and nappy bags. This was clean, tidy and spacious. There was no queuing and the changing tables (all sturdy and clean) were provided by Stokke. Aldi also had free samples of baby foods on offer and microwaves were positioned around a spacious feeding zone, which was equipped with children’s seating too.
The Little Lady enjoyed a session with Diddidance and got some experience of hands on first aid within the British Red Cross live show (these sessions are bookable). She was particularly keen to save Annie from suffocation. It’s a good job Annie is flexible!
I met my gastronomical hero Annabel Karmel. Yes, I was star-struck and can’t wait to start cooking some of the delicious recipes from her Quick & Easy Toddler Recipes book.
There’s literally hundreds of stands to peruse. Offers are available from many companies on products that you may well already be eying up so if you are going along, it’s worth checking out what’s on your list and seeing what bargains you can grab.
One of our favourite brands Diono were there to say ‘Hi’. We recently reviewed their travel bassinet, which is superb. I was keen to pass on our praise of the bassinet to customers who were at the stand.
Nuby also gave us the low down on their newest products including the Natural Touch 360 Anti-Reflux and Colic Bottles and the new all through uber Soother that offers one size from 0-18 months. We’ll keep you posted on these and watch out for a give away soon.
Live shows are held throughout the day including guest speakers such as my fave Annabel Karmel, Dr Pixie McKenna of Embarrassing Bodies fame and Clare Byam-Cook, breast feeding specialist. There’s even talks about stress free parenting (ummm… I wonder if it really is that easy?!)
There is a facility to drop and collect the shopping that you’ve done so as to save you from lugging large bags and boxes around. There’s also a crèche if you need to use it.
Access and parking was trouble free. The latter comes at a cost of £12 which you’d expect with such an exhibition so make sure you factor this into your trip. O, and don’t forget some pennies for the rather tasty ice cream that is on offer.
The Baby Show Birmingham runs on both Saturday and Sunday this weekend so grab your comfy shows, your baby preparation list and head on over to the show to test drive some of the funkiest buggies around, grab some bargains, hear about the latest products on the market from leading brands and more niche companies or as Mrs View From a Daddy can testify to enjoy the serenity of the quiet zones!
The Baby Show highlights include:
- Over 200 trusted brands offering visitors amazing discounts and the chance to test and try before you buy.
- See exclusive product launches and demonstrations from market leading brands
- The Baby Show Stage with MadeForMums will feature a selection of renowned experts, including nutrition specialist Annabel Karmel MBE.
- Catwalk shows with all the latest fashions in maternity, baby and toddler wear.
- A complimentary crèche where parents can drop off their little ones and enjoy the Show knowing they are being safely cared for
- Exclusive show offers and competitions from top parenting brands.
- A dedicated feeding area provided by Tommee Tippee and the ALDI Mamia Baby Changing Area with wipes and nappies all included.
- Emma’s Diary free Shop & Drop and Collect-By-Car services allowing you to leave your shopping bags with them until you’re ready to leave.
The Baby Show is taking place on Friday 13th, Saturday 14th, and Sunday 15th May, open from 9:30am-5:00pm each day.