In March of this year, my lovely blogger friend Lisa & I (and my mum and the babes) attended the Baby & Toddler Show in Manchester. I wanted to attend the show in October 2015 when I was already almost 20 weeks pregnant. However, with the excitement of our pregnancy and my ever growing bump (and struggling with bad sciatica at the time) I decided against it and that I would attend once baby had arrived. Time passed, and with being so busy with a new baby, I eventually got around to going to the event the week after Bear’s 1st birthday. But hey, it says its a baby AND toddler show right?!
So, off we went to the baby and toddler show. Lisa arrived around an hour before we did as we got stuck in traffic. Apparently, there were 3 event/shows on at Event City that weekend UGH! Anyway, We arrived at around 11am and it was already packed! Inside, the event was set out into rows around the room, with accessories and essentials near the top/front & bigger items like pushchairs, car seats & baby furniture near the back/bottom. We were there mostly to see the accessories and seek out new brands we hadn’t heard of before, so we spent a while near the top end of course.
Some of the first brands we noticed were Belo & Me & Nibbling who both specialise in teething items and baby accessories. We also spotted MAM for dummies, bottles, sterilisers and teething equipment (we were also given a free small bottle) and Morrck, who specialise in travel baby blankets, which honestly looked amazing especially when travelling with a newborn/younger baby and keeping them nice and cosy. One of my favourites was Octopotty by a company called Tiny Toes who have created an amazing looking potty for potty training made simple, and the octopus design is really cute!
We came across Asquith Day Nurseries who we spotted when Bear & Imogen noticed the toys, books and mats on the floor so they could get out of their prams and have a little play. Of course, the babes are crawling and getting into everything but they managed to stay within view and safety haha! I have to say, my mum helped so much with that, but of course she loves Bear & Imogen loved to play and read with us. We got some information about the nurseries and got an impression about the activities they provide for children of different ages. We also took away a little goodie bag with a book in it and also a booklet with some more information for us to take home and read.
The next stand we spotted was the Tidy Tot stand. My mum got really excited over the Tidy Tot and had to alert me to it straight away (I was of course distracted by trying to get my baby to pay attention to the book I was reading to him). But it was definitely a product I wished I had gotten earlier on in the weaning game. We did buy one however as it’s never too late and it will still come in really handy with mealtimes & craft activities (or just plain messy ones haha), I can’t wait!
We then had more of a wander & came across a couple of lovely ladies who run their own business making organic nappy creams & other baby toiletries, all from fresh, organic ingredients, called Snuggle Babes Organics. They very kindly gave us a pot of their nappy cream to try out & review (which will be up soon) for the blog & they were ever so lovely!
While walking around, we noticed that there was a talk on giving paediatric first aid, there was also a stand with helium balloon walkers (of course I had to get bear a panda one which he loved batting around from his pram) and we even spotted a couple of book stalls/companies. One of these was The Book People. Being avid book lovers in our household, I had to have a look and see what books and offers they had on. They had books ranging from weaning books, kids cookbooks, activity books, painting/crafts & lots of picture books & board books too. I couldn’t resist picking up this Julia Donaldson set I found which came in a very sturdy bag designed with images from 2 books on either side and inside were 10 of her books including The Gruffalo, Room on the Broom & The Snail and the Whale, to name a few. I gifted this to bear for easter (it was £10 too!) and so far he loves them, he thinks the rhymes and the characters (in different voices of course) are absolutely hilarious!
Another brand we spotted was Babease. Babease are a brand I’ve heard of a quite a lot recently and are well known for their food pouches which contain ingredients & recipes which are full of flavour & highly nutritional. They were offering samples of their pouches in return for a donation to the Bliss Charity for premature and sick babies. We spoke to a lovely lady who gave us some samples in a bag & I just had to pick up a couple more. All for a good cause & I can’t wait to try the flavours with bear, they sound so yummy!
Last but not least, we reached Cuddledry (who gave us a demonstration of their baby towel aprons & toddler towels) & I had to get bear a Cuddleduck for in the bath (it’s an amazing teething toy too!), we also spotted some brands selling cloth nappies, photoshoots, bibs and other small but very essential bits and bobs for new & expectant parents. We decided to go halves on an offer at Zippy Bibs for some bibs for Bear & Imogen which were 6 for £10 & they feel such amazing quality and I love the designs, they’re so bold & vibrant.
All in all, it was such a great day out (no honestly, we were there for hours it was such a good event) and we saw some wonderful brands & products. I would certainly attend another baby & toddler show (especially for future baby bears) and I’d highly recommend it to other parents & parents to be.