In just a few short weeks the Baby Show, the UK’s number one pregnancy and parenting event, returns to the NEC Birmingham from the 16th-18th May. Hundreds of trusted brands, including Maxi-Cosi, Britax, Mothercare, iCandy, Babies R Us, Fisher-Price and Tommee Tippee wil showcase top of the line infant essentials alongside new and innovative baby products as well as trendy clothing for babies, toddlers, mums and mums to be. Visitors attending the Baby Show will also have access to exclusive offers and fantastic savings that can’t be found on the high street. I was lucky enough to go last year with my mum and two of my daughters and I’m looking forward to go again this year. You can read all about my visit last year here
Last year I was pregnant with my now 8mth old and because I never trusted the ultrasound scan which said she was a girl 100%, I was very good and didn’t spend much money. This year I’m excited that I will be taking her, especially as her 1st birthday is coming up soon and with an unusual name I’m looking forward to getting her some personalised items.
At the show, experts in all things baby-related will be on hand to offer tips and insight across a wide variety of pregnancy and child development topics. Along with providing invaluable advice, they’ll be discussing techniques to help reassure and guide parents through the early years of parenting. Experts include;
- Prof Robert Winston – Professor of Science & Society and Emeritus Professor of Fertility Studies at Imperial College London
- Annabel Karmel – The UK’s number one nutrition and weaning expert who is passionate about helping babies and toddlers eat healthy, nutritious food and parents all over the world use her innovative and tasty meals to help improve little diets.
- Jo Tantum – The UK’s leading baby sleep expert has worked with parents and babies for over 25 years
- Clare Byam-Cook – Qualified nurse and former midwife, Clare is the UK’s leading breastfeeding expert. She runs her own private consultations and has been called upon by a host of big names to help solve feeding issues.
- Xaviera Plas Plooj – Daughter of Dr Frans Plooij and Dr Hetty van de Rijt, Xaviera will be talking about all the mental development and the incredible Wonder Weeks your baby makes.
- Dr Julie Coultas – Discussing how children learn through play, the aim of the talk will be to reassure parents, future parents and even grandparents that babies develop differently and that they all go through the same stages of development but at a slightly different pace.
- Nicola Lathey – Nicola will share the progression of a baby’s language development from birth to 18 months and offer you the top tips to encourage talking.
- Amanda Jenner – The My Carry Potty creator and potty training expert will be on hand with top tips and hints on how to potty train your little one easily and successfully.
In addition to the choice of exhibitors and expert speakers, the Baby Show makes shopping easy for parents and parents to be, who are encouraged to use the essential facilities provided to ensure a stress free day. Area’s include;
- Emma’s Diary “Shop & Drop” and “Collect by Car” service – Available throughout the weekend. You can drop off all shopping bags for some hands-free shopping time and either collect before leaving or head to the car hands free and drive around to pick up your shopping.
- The Baby Show Creche – Make sure you book your slot in advance. Ideal if you want to take advantage of some ME time!
- Tommee Tippee Feeding Area
- Dedicated Changing Area
What makes The Baby Show so special is that it’s a unique shopping opportunity and a great day out for all the family. A place to browse thousands of products from hundreds of trusted brands and test run all the latest innovations that will make life with a new baby easy and fun. From pushchairs to nursery ideas, maternity fashion to healthcare, experts are on hand to help you make the right choices for you and your growing family. You also have the opportunity to test out baby items that you wouldn’t be able to try out beforehand otherwise and help you make educated and informed decisions. Especially with major decisions such as, which pram to get.
To book your tickets visit www.thebabyshow.co.uk
Tickets cost £20 for each adult although Grandparents can by at the discounted rate of £10.50 (with one standard adult ticket).
Babies and Children under 12 are FREE
I saw that Center Parks had a challenge for March which was painting flowers, so I decided to do something unique with their handprints and make a picture out of it. I still had a blank canvas after making my mum’s birthday present so I used it.
First of all I came up with the idea in my head, but I wasn’t sure if it would work in practice. So I drew around one hand of each child to make templates which I could play around with to get the perfect design.
Once I had decided which way to do it, and I was glad I had created templates as I had to change the design slightly, I began.
First I used my eldest and only son’s hand to be the tree.
Next I used my eldest daughter’s hands at the bottom to be the flowers.
Then I used my 2nd eldest daughter’s hands to be the sun.
Next was my 2nd youngest daughter’s hands to be the leaves on the tree and the baby’s feet to be two butterflies.
Then everyone finished off the flowers by adding the petals.
Here is the finished masterpiece! I hope you like it as much as I do!
This is my entry to the Center Parcs and Tots 100 March challenge. If I’m chosen, I would like to visit Elveden, Longleat or Sherwood.