When I found out I was pregnant back in November 2010, it was a scarily exciting time all wrapped into one. I had no idea what I was doing, or even a clue as to how to look after a newborn baby. In May 2010, a month before Leo made his appearance into the world. I visited the Birmingham Baby Show with my 8 month bump wallowing out before me, but at The Baby Show this is a common sight. Pregnant ladies and newborn babies everywhere you turn.
Walking through into the show is always exciting, there is always an abundance of positive energy and excitement as everyone wanders in ready to shop until they drop! I find that the Baby Show is the perfect place to find all of your favourite brands all under one roof, it is the most efficient way to get everything you need for your baby’s arrival and take advantage of special show prices.
The show is full to bursting with first time Mum's to Mum's with 2 or more, everyone is out in force to see what is on offer to them. If their visits were anything like mine, then I am sure they were not disappointed.
The best bit of the baby show for me, is meeting the people behind the brands, being able to talk face to face with someone who holds all the answers to your questions. It is great that they will offer you all the advice in the world and still not expect to make a sale. For me this is what it is all about, gaining a confidence in the brand and the product that you are investing your hard earned pennies in, for your bundle of joy. It's only natural to want the very best.
The Baby Show opens up baby products like no where else does. If you want to see a certain pushchair that isn't usually stocked in the likes of Mothercare, then you can do that! You can have a side by side comparison, you can sit your baby in the helm and take it for a spin.
You will quite simply not find a bigger collection of the pushchairs on the market anywhere other than the Baby Show, so my advice is if you are looking to buy a pushchair and you know that the one you are after isn’t stocked anywhere locally to you, head to the show. You will be able to have a proper play with it and also other models that people recommend. Not to mention having the brand right by your side to speak to directly about any of there products.
Why not stay over?
The show goes on for from Friday 15th May 2015 right over the weekend and comes to a close on Sunday 17th May 2015. If you are going to be kitting the nursery out at the show, it really is easy to watch time run away without a trace. It is so easy to spend hours walking around and talking to people, so it may be advisable to stay overnight and maybe visit again on the second day. I especially advise this on the Saturday through to the Sunday, as you find that there are some extra special deals floating around at the end of play on the final day!
If you are thinking of heading over to the Birmingham Baby Show, then there are some great places to stay within the vicinity of the show. The Crowne Plaza Hotel is only a stones throw from the NEC and makes a very attractive base for while you visit the show, which will be even more attractive when it comes to lugging your Baby Show haul back to the hotel!
This will be the first year that I haven't attended The Baby Show, but with Leo just about to turn 4 years old, we are a little to 'over the hill', but that does not change just how amazing the show is, and when the time comes to add another little person to our family, you can bet your bottom dollar that I will be in attendance!
I hope everyone going along has a lovely time, and grabs some great bargains!
Disclaimer: This Post was written in collaboration with IHG.