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!