Our visit to the baby show.

So we weren’t planning on going but I entered a competition to win tickets from the lovely people at Totsbots and won!

We decided to go on the Sunday, we currently live in Newport in South Wales so it was an early start and a long drive to London but totally worth it.

We got there for opening and first thing we did was go and collect some freebies we had seen advertised on Twitter, a anti colic bottle from MAM and a mouth thermometer from ARI healthcare.

The lovely lady at MAM gave us a demo of the bottle and explained how they are self sterilizing, which was interesting as I have already bought some of their bottles and their microwave/cold water sterilizer but haven’t even looked at how they work yet. It’s a great feature that you can sterilize a single bottle in the microwave on its own, really convenient for when you are out and about. I will do review on the bottles when little miss is here and we start using them.

At ARI healthcare we got our thermometer, they were also selling iBaby monitors, these are compatible with Apple products and a large number of other tablets and smart phones. There are various models available that have various¬† different features including worldwide access from your phone and remote control capabilities. We still haven’t decided which baby monitor are going to go for yet but one of these will definitely be considered.

We then went to collect a manual breast pump that I also won last week (I know I had a lucky week right!) from Dr Browns. I plan on breast feeding but also expressing so my husband can do some feeding as we both think it’ll help with bonding. The breast pump comes with one of their bottles and as above I will be reviewing when I start using them.

Our next stop was the lovely ladies on the Totsbots stand to say thank you for winning the tickets, they were all very friendly and I had the lovely Jemima give me a demo of their nappies, I learnt lots of new things about how they work and all the different options, cloth nappies can be so confusing and a bit of a mine field, my husband also wasn’t sure about using them and I was starting to have niggling doubts but after having everything explained simply and clearly we are now both very much sold on the idea and will be using cloth when she is big enough to fit into birth to potty sized nappies. We bought some of their Potion in the palmavoilets scent which just smells divine and you actually want to eat it! I can’t wait to wash with it. Potion is a powdered laundry detergent that is designed specifically for real nappies, it’s designed to wash at a low temperature of 30 degrees due to its antibacterial properties and is a non bio so perfect for babies skin.

Next was the Cheeky Wipes stand, these are just a fantastic idea! Reusable cloth wipes, just add water and some of their essential oils (which smell A-mazing) and pop them in one of their containers and you have lovely, soft, gorgeous smelling baby wipes. We will definitely be picking up one of their kits to use with our cloth nappies, but they are also great to use if you are using disposable nappies as they will save you an absolute fortune!

We then wandered over to the Maxi-Cosi stand and had a chat with someone about the Pebble newborn seat/carry cot which fits on our travel system, the FamilyFix Isofix base and the 2wayPearl which allows extended rear facing, we definitely know this is the combination we want to use now and will review when we start using it. It was really helpful and it clarified what we want/need.

We also bought some Waterwipes which are disposable baby wipes that contain only water and a small amount of grapefruit seed extract. They smell really fresh and feel lovely on your skin. The best bit is they are suitable for when baby is brand new and those first poos in hospital when you used to have to use cotton wool and water, less fuss and messing about. A must for every hospital bag and available in boots stores.

Then we hunted down the lovely people at Easidream and their little fluffy friend Euan the Dream Sheep which I have been recommend to buy as a “baby must have” by many friends who are new mums. He’s a fluffy little sheep that aids sleep with soothing sounds and light to replicate mums womb. I cannot wait to try him out!!

We then popped over to the Gro Company stand to have a look at the Bednest bedside crib, I won a free rental of one of these last week (yes I know, like I said I was having a super lucky week!!). We had a demo and its just such a fantastic idea, it needs no tools to construct, it literally takes seconds, it is totally height adjustable so it matches the level of your bed, the side drops down to half height so you can see baby whilst in bed and then all the way down like a draw bridge which means no getting out of bed in the night for feeds and no awkward lifting or bending over after birth. It can be used as a stand alone crib and can be safely set on an angle which can be great for a colicky baby. The cost of a rental is a bargainous £99 for as long as you need it (not a month!!), each unit is sanitised before it is sent to you and the price includes a brand new mattress. Such a small price for so much convenience. They are also available to buy if you wish to do so.

So, those are my baby show highlights. There was lots more we saw but I would be here all night. It was a slightly surreal experience for me as this time last year I would’ve never imagined I would be 26 weeks pregnant and visiting the baby show but I loved it and so glad we went! There were lots of offers and bargains to be had and I would recommend to visit one if you are able to. The next one is in Birmingham at the NEC on the 16-18th of May (too close to my due date for me to go) and then at Olympia Kensington on the 24-26th of October. More details are available at www.thebabyshow.co.uk