The Baby Show 2015: NEC Birmingham
So, you’re having a baby? Where to start? What to get? What’s out there….? Did you know all this can be found under one roof… along with a couple of free samples and a bit of fun thrown in for good measure too?
This past weekend, Mrs F, H, D and I all visited the Baby Show 2015 at the NEC in Birmingham. The Baby Show happens three times a year, normally once in Birmingham and twice in London (that London is greedy) and runs for three days. Filled with pop up stands of 100s of brands ranging from your high street, well known ones through to your new start ups, showcasing 1000s of products, there really is something for every parent. The event also includes a main stage with various talks, shows and demonstrations. Throw into all that, places to eat, play zones, feeding areas and a supersize changing area, it really is everything a new(ish) or “parent to be” could need.
Thanks to Emma’s diary, OneDadOneBlog we given a pair of complimentary tickets to attend the Friday show so had planned to set off early in order to beat the rush as 1000s of people turn up. As it turned out, having the little ones meant we left slightly later than planned but still made it down just after the morning rush hour.
I had a couple of meetings there with some fabulous PR companies I know so whilst I was busy doing what I do best and chatting away, Mrs F and the little ones went off for a wander around as it was their first time (I went last year on my own when Mrs F was pregnant with D but feeling ill so knew already what to expect).
Catch up’s over, Mrs F and the family came back faces beaming. D had been having so much fun playing with the toys on show in the Vtech Play Zone, H was happy that he’d managed to get his photo with Peppa Pig, convinced Mrs F he could have a Pick n Mix as well as came back holding various balloon’s, flags and wristbands. Finally Mrs F had that look in her eye she gets when she sees things she “needs” that will enhance her parenting experience…..
Here’s a summary of some of our personal highlights…..
Being fans of this brand already through our Tripp Trapp’s we knew we’d get “Stokke Envy”, particularly due to the new Home Bedroom range being on show as well as the Stokke Scoot (to which D also approved)
They had a fantastic adventure stand including lots of hands on activities such as rocket toys, space reading books, puzzle games, drawing and finally an opportunity to have your photo taken from behind their rocket ship (yes of course I had to participate).
Arla Big Milk
These are a new milk company in the UK (albeit they have been around worldwide for a while) and were promoting their enriched milk for “big” kids through their oversized display which included an oversized sofa chair, oversized pencils and of course, an oversized iconic Tommee Tippee cup. We managed to get D and H together for a photo on that one.
We met Kevin at the CleverstiX stand who was showcasing the clever child friendly chopsticks which not only help to improve dexterity but are great fun at mealtimes too. I have a go at their jelly bean challenge but only managed a rather paltry 14 jellybeans into my bag within the 30 seconds.
Finally not forgetting a big thanks to the lovely Emma at Azaria, I was giving the opportunity to spend some time with Damon at Joie to discuss all things “i-Size” and dispell any myths. Look out for a post coming up soon regarding iSize as well as a review on their Joie iAnchor system and car seat.
Spot me in the background looking all interested 🙂
Finally after a spot of Diddi Dancing with H and a few purchases in preparation for our impending house move, we were ready to go home….
A fantastic day had by all, some great bargains purchased (look out for reviews soon) and lots of fun whilst meeting loads of friend people. I would definitely recommend it.