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thebabyshowSo we did go to the Baby Show in the end, though it was a bit touch and go for a while as I didn’t receive money until the Thursday morning. So onto the website I jumped and I plumped for the all-inclusive ticket package which gave us two tickets, parking, a Tommee Tippee Bottle Warmer and lunch. I felt that it was a good deal and I was much happier about the idea of getting there and back in the car rather than risk the tube or trains.

Overview
As we had only purchased tickets at the last minute we would have to collect them at the front office. Unfortunately this wasn’t apparently something that the staff guiding the cars in were aware of as even though we explained we needed to pick-up tickets we were told to go straight to the car-park. Don’t! The parking tickets are with the rest of the tickets which you need to get from the main box office in the entrance hall.

The Baby Show was very well attended both with exhibitors and visitors but only rarely got too crowded to move with a buggy in places which was good. The dedicated changing area was good and well-stocked, and there is a feeding area though we didn’t use that as the other half fed him while wandering around instead.

Good Points
There were some absolute gems of stalls at the Show, not because they were necessarily all-singing and all-dancing but because of the products they were displaying and information they were giving. I’ve been trying for a while to get a grip on the numerous types of Real Nappies without much success, today however I was able to check a huge number of them out, get info and have demonstrations.

I also found out about a lot of products that while we may not have purchased at the show will definitely be going into our lists of things to buy. Unfortunately with our little one at 3 months of age we are kind of in the middle of things – we aren’t weaning so that negates one swathe of products, we aren’t ready for a lighter buggy for him to sit-up in, etc. etc.

Also at the show is a Life-Saving course which I would highly recommend anyone should get along to. It’s free, courtesy of Tesco’s Baby & Toddler Club, and covers some essential skills you need in case of the most common baby emergencies.

Bad Points
Now I know this isn’t an issue with The Baby Show itself but as a visitor you should know that the food places aren’t that great. At least not the one we tried – Taste Italia, because the queues outside Pizza Express were huge. If they have a system for delivery of food then it’s one based on chaos theory. I am not sure how long it took for me to get a panini and a pasta dish, probably 30 minutes, but it seemed like that anyway.

Luckily they were so embarrassed that I ended up with two panini’s and a free large coffee, but it didn’t really make up for the tedious waiting.

As for the Baby Show itself I was disappointed at the hard-sell of the majority of the exhibitors. Take the example of the Real Nappies. We haven’t decided what system to go for, we do have a lot more information which is good but we want to check out other reviews and info. But if we do that then we miss out on the Show Deals. I wish more of the exhibitors had the same approach as Easidream (http://www.easidream.com/) who gave us whatever information we wanted but also had the special show price available on their website for the weekend of the show. That means we can go away, have a think and decide.

For people affected by the credit crunch like we have been, we need time to consider larger purchases and not have hard-sell after hard-sell just so that retailers hit their weekend targets. Sort it out people, and make more money in the long-term!

OVERALL
We got only a handful of purchases, we got some good advice from exhibitors and the life-saving course, and we got a whole load of bags with stuff in! Was it worth the money – I think so, could it have been better – yes.

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