So today we went to the Baby and Toddler Show at Sandown park. We received complementary tickets from ‘Emma’s Diary’ which was fantastic as we were thinking of going anyway. Strange how it came about really. I am doing a surprise a month for A, so far month one was getting a cleaner (very much appreciated!) and month two was tickets to The Baby Show in London, which will be in October. We’re going to make a weekend of it and go and see a Matilda and book into a hotel. Anyway the complimentary tickets came through the the post, neither of us knew about it so I whipped them away thinking they were the London ones, nope free 😀 bonus! So I gave her those and the ones for London.
We’ve been looking forward to it but didn’t really know what to expect. We have our first scan on Wednesday, so it was a bit weird doing it this way round but still very exciting! We treated ourselves to a McDonald’s breakfast ( a rarity!) and headed to Sandown Park. It was very busy as you can imagine but there were lots of fab stalls. Once we got over the fact it was a bit overwhelming we got into our stride. We watched various demonstrations on many products from prams which were great as they compacted down for storage, some thing that we’ve been wondering about as we live in a first floor flat and couldn’t bear the idea of having to lug a mahusive cumbersome contraption up and down the stairs; snugglbundls, a fantastic wrap for lifting a baby; cuddledrys, car seats, swimming clubs, cheeky chompers and so much more.
Two of the stalls really made us think more about who/ how we want to be as parents, the ‘gNappies’ stall and the ‘cheeky rascals’ stall. Having looked a little bit into cloth nappies vs disposable we know there are pros and cons of both. There was a lady doing a talk which we happened to catch, it wasn’t on the programme but we’re in the right place at the right time. I know the whole point of the talks are to sell a product, kinda figures! But after hearing what she said my mind was made up, as was A’s. We would much rather use cloth nappies instead of disposable for various reasons, it seems like quite a new-age thing as disposable nappies are the norm shall we say? We haven’t got any friends or family who use them so will be shooting s little in the dark. It certainly gave us something to think about so if any of you have any experience, recommendations or general advice with the alternatives we would love to hear about them.
The other stall was a stall that had baby carriers, again something we have been looking into and know that quite a few of you use them. When the lady at the stall asked if I fancied trying one one I jumped at the chance! It’s not quite the same looking at them online! There were various different designs and I tried on the ‘original baby carrier’ by BYKAY, a big long piece of stretchy material! She talked me through how to put it on correctly complete with a doll baby, all the while a crowd had gathered 😦 no pressure! I was surprised at how comfortable and secure it felt, a definite winner! Amy then tried it on and was equally as impressed. We very much like the idea of having wraps and slings. Again if any of you have experience, dos, don’ts, recomendations we would be very happy to hear about them!
So yeah, it was a great day, gave us lot to talk about and things to ponder. We decided we might buy some of the bits and pieces at the next show after doing a bit more research.
It’s all starting to feel more real 😃
Disclaimer: These tickets were complimentary as result of a prize draw and not for the purpose of this review. All opinions of the show and any products are our own.