Visiting The Baby Show at London’s ExCel this weekend (March 4-6th)? We are and we hope to see you there! I am a bit of an expert when it comes to visiting The Baby Show, as this will be my 5th year visiting… so here are my top 10 tips for making the most of your day.
- GET THERE EARLY! The show opens at 9:30am. Do try to get to the venue as close to opening time as possible. There is so much to see and do, it’s quite a struggle to see it all in one day. You’re going to need as much time as possible. The show closes at 5:30.
- TAKE A PACKED LUNCH- Or at least some nibbles. Being pregnant and walking around all day is hungry/thirsty work. There are some incredible food stands at the venue but they can be pricey. A packed lunch is your cheapest option. You can find a seat, relax and enjoy your lunch in the fab Tommee Tippee eating area, where you will also find FREE baby food, spoons, bibs and places to heat your baby’s food.
- BREASTFEEDING AND FANCY SOME PEACE? The Tommee Tippee feeding area also has another beautiful area just for breastfeeding mums. You will find a private area, with comfy chairs and complementary breast pads. Spot on if you’re looking for some quiet time away from the crowds.
- SAVE SPACE- LEAVE NAPPIES AT HOME! Yup, you heard me. If you’re bringing you baby, don’t carry bulky nappies to the show. When a nappy change is needed, head to the Lidl changing area where you will be supplied with free nappies and baby wipes!
- MAKE USE OF THE CRECHE– Another fab free family friendly feature of the show is the crèche. You can be rest assured that your children are safe and having fun for up to an hour and a half while you get some shopping done, or sit and listen to some amazing talks over on the main stage.
- MAKE A SHOPPING LIST! If you are going to the show with the aim of buying some bits for baby, write down what exactly you know that you want or need. There are lots of amazing exclusive show offers on over the weekend, so make the use of these and save some cash. You can also play around with products or be given demos before you choose to buy.
- SHOP AND DROP FOR A HANDS FREE DAY- Emma’s Diary have a fantastic opportunity that you cannot miss. Once your hands are full, pop along to the Emma’s Diary Shop And Drop stand, drop off your shopping and then pick it up IN your car or for bigger pieces of furniture, have it directly delivered to your home!
- TAKE A LIGHTWEIGHT STROLLER- The show can get very busy, and despite the fantastic lay out of the show, you will still find yourself battling with the crowds especially around popular stands. We found that taking a slim pushchair such as our Quinny Moodd or a lightweight stroller, means that you can manoeuvre through the crowds a little easier. Take a buggy with a decent basket though, you’ll need it for all of your shopping!
- GET CASH BEFORE ARRIVING- There are a few cashpoints within the main ExCel building, but not inside The Baby Show itself. You will need cash for parking, so take all the money you are happy to spend during the day before making your way to the venue.
- HAVE FUN! If your are pregnant or are a new parents, this period of your life goes so quickly. Trust me. I have forgotten so much about my first pregnancy. I obviously remember lots of happy moments, but I wish I remembered more about the fun we had preparing for our new baby. Take lots of photos of your day, make it a special date for you and your partner. Soak in the atmosphere and have fun!
Tickets can still be purchased online via The Baby Show ticket shop for £14.45 (Friday 3rd March) £15.45 (Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th) or you can buy tickets on the door for £20.00. Under 14’s are free.
I’ll be at the show on Saturday all day, so if you see me do come up and say “Hi!”. You can read a past review of The Baby Show at London’s ExCel here.
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