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Our Day At The Baby Show, Excel

On Friday I went to The Baby Show at the Excel in London with my Mum, Oscar and Archie. We drove there as didn’t fancy going on the train with two small children and it was really easy to park with a flat rate of £15 to park for the day. When we arrived I went to the press office and was given a Quinny Mood to use for the day, I chose one in all black. I then caught up with Chloe from Bump PR, Michelle from Whatmummythinks.co.uk, Chelle from TheMumingtonPost.com and Lauren from BelleduBrighton.co.uk at the Joie cafe for a cup if tea which was lovely. I then had a walk around before grabbing some lunch and came across lot’s of amazing baby bits and pieces.


I really loved the Kozy Kartz, which is a plush liner for a shopping trolley to cover the seat to make it more comfortable and warm for your child. I think it is a great idea. We then bumped into Kelly and Tia from morethanjustamummy.com who was looking fab with her baby boy bump. Oscar and Tia then took part in a Diddi Dance session together. Oscar loved it dancing with hoops, ribbons and pom poms. The classes looked great and they have them all over the country, I know Oscar would love to go along.



We then headed over to the My Little Duckling stand to choose a hat for Archie to review. There were so many gorgeous colours to choose from and in the end I chose a light blue one. Archie looks adorable in it! Review will be on the blog soon.



We popped by and said hi to Jess from the Gro Company and Archie had a cuddle. The Gro bags are fantastic and I used them with Oscar and have just brought two more for Archie. They keep your little ones snug and warm without restricting their movement. Archie sleeps in his and it has poppers under his arms for smaller babies to keep them secure so they can’t slip down the bag. Each Grobag comes with a room thermometer so you know which tog bag to use.



Another great product that we always see at The Baby Show’s are the Ewan the dream sheep and his friend Russell the sheepdog. Oscar has a Russell and it is a great toddler sleep aid that you can record music on to and it glows to reassure your child. The dream sheep is for younger babies and glows and plays soothing sounds to replicate the sounds of a mothers womb and heartbeat to help your baby drift off to sleep peacefully. It is suitable from birth and is on my list of new baby must haves.




We went over to see Kerry on the Tommee Tippee big adventure zone where Oscar had lot’s of fun colouring and playing with the other children. Tommee Tippee have just launched some great new products. The new range includes cups carefully designed for each developmental stage, for ages 4 months to 3 years. A new
non-spill, one piece valve helps little ones develop grown up drinking skills without the spills and makes cleaning
easy. The unique soft, flexible spout protects gums and the introduction of straw cups and removable
handles will help if tipping is a challenge. They come in lot’s of fun colours and designs and what’s more, the cups can be mixed and matched across the range with interchangeable tops. Meaning no more hunting for the odd lid you have missed place and trying to match all the cups and lids up. I have three of the new cups to give away which will be on the blog this week! They also gave me the cutest USB stick I have ever seen in the shape of a sippy cup, I love it!
        

Meanwhile Archie was very content and snug in the Quinny Moodd as it had a padded newborn insert which means you don’t have to buy the carrycot attachment if you didn’t want to and can still use it from birth. Over on the Quinny stand I was shown how it worked. I was impressed with the one handed fold and open and that it springs open easily on its own. The only thing that I found disappointing was the size of the shopping basket as there wasn’t much room to fit anything in it. Over on the Quinny stand I noticed the pushchair in black with a white frame and it looks great in those colours, really modern and sleek. I will have a more in depth review to read shortly. 



When returning the Quinny Mood to the press office I bumped into Michelle Heaton who was there to do a demo of her pregnancy fitness DVD. She was really lovely and looked amazing considering she only had a baby last year! I We got a cheeky photo and Archie got a cuddle from her.



Cosatto as always had a lovely stand full of brightly coloured pushchairs, car seats and highchairs in gorgeous designs. The new Ooba Charleston is to die for! Oscar liked the Cosatto flowers.


We had a fab day at The Baby Show which was actually my first one I have attended with a baby as I only started going last year with Oscar. Look out for my favourite products from the show post and Tommee Tippee competition later on this week.





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Putting A Shopping List Of Baby Bits Together!

Since I was pregnant with Oscar five years ago the world of baby and nursery products has changed dramatically! When I had Oscar I brought so many bits and pieces (most you don’t really need) and as we have now passed the twenty weeks stage I have been putting a list together of things we need to get as I am trying to be really organised especially being due around Christmas.


We have our nursery furniture that was from Mama’s and Papa’s and has lasted really well and Oscar is now in a cabin bed so I only need to get him a chest of draws then I can use the changing unit/draws for the baby. Some of the things I have come across have shocked me, like the Fisher Price bouncer with Ipad holder. I was pleased to read this had been discontinued! There are some products available that I really love the look of and can make life a little easier for you. The Tommee Tippee perfect prep machine looks fab and I have had friends that have used it and they absolutely rave about it. Also I will defiantly be getting a video baby monitor this time as these weren’t around five years ago and look really great.


Another major difference when browsing the baby clothes is there are so many cuter boys clothes available now. As we don’t know what we are having I have brought a few neutral bits. I am loving star patterns and also brought some adorable giraffe printed baby grows from Mothercare plus I like the idea of rainbow prints for our little rainbow baby. I won’t be buying to much as I did this last time then when Oscar was born had loads of neutral clothes still on hangers as family and friends brought him so many lovely boy outfits. I was surprised in Next they have a tiny range of unisex new baby clothes which made me think maybe lots of people find out the sex of their baby now? To be honest I would love to find out but Greg doesn’t want to so I will just have to wait for the surprise!


There are also so many great looking pushchair/travel systems available now from fun and quirky designs from Cosatto, really modern designs from Quinny and I am still drawn back to Bugaboo has I had one with Oscar and it was great. To many to choose from makes the decision even harder. I am going to wait until the Baby Show in October to have a thorough look at them all. We have a Stokke mini sleepi cot from before too which I found making going from a moses basket to a big cot much easier. I have brought new white bedding and bumpers already, let’s see how long I can keep them clean this time. 


I had a Silver Cross car seat with Oscar but don’t have it any more so have been looking at the Maxi-Cosi pebble and with my car now I can have an isofix base which makes getting the car seat in and out of the car so much easier, especially after a C-section. 


Decisions, decisions all very exciting though!