Best Bits of The Baby Show 2017

It has become a bit of a tradition

When pregnant to head to The Baby Show

Starting with Matilda Mae

Then Bea

And now our fifth and final baby

Our Sprinkle of Stardust

Lots of people say to me

WOW

Fifth baby you must have everything you need

But in truth we don’t

We gave away a lot of our baby things when Tilda died

We got more things for Bea obviously

But again we gave away many things away

As each stage of development passed

I like to give things to people who need them

Some things have also been damaged

During the building works in our house

But also

As time passes

Products improve

Brands expand

New inventions are invented

We are all learning all of the time

And so it is always worth a visit to The Baby Show

To see what is new, up and coming

In the baby world

And also to touch base with old favourites

Brands I have known and trusted

From the start of my parenting journey

This Baby Show I had no money to my name

I could barely afford my train fare

But I wanted to be there

I love The Baby Show

I have met someone wonderful people through the show

Been given some wonderful opportunities

And this was also a very special trip for my friend Ami

She is expecting her first much longed for baby

And I wanted to share the day with her

And so together

Very very early in the morning

We travelled through rush hour London

To reach the show at Excel

And though I was exhausted by about half past two

Though we had a hellish journey home

I am so very glad that I went

And I would like to share my show highlights with you

My Best Bits of The Baby Show 2017

The Lullaby Trust
This baby show was particularly special to me

As their official charity partner was

The Lullaby Trust

This charity mean so much to me

As they support bereaved families like mine

After the death of a baby

Like mine

They also fund and organise research

To try and determine why babies die suddenly and unexpectedly

Like mine

It was a big thing for The Baby Show

To support this very special charity

And provide a platform for them to reach lots of new parents

And parents to be

To raise awareness of the wonderful work that they do

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The Lullaby Trust was my first port of call at the show

As I had a very special delivery for them

From the amazing Princess and The Frock

The Princess and the Frock makes and sells the most beautiful dresses

And has made and sold a number of Matilda Mae dresses

garden princess

These dresses help to raise money for Bliss and The Lullaby Trust

As Princess and The Frock kindly donate part of their profit from each dress to charity

This year

The fourth year since Tilda died

we have done things slightly differently

This year

The new Matilda Mae dress

Is named after Tilda’s sisters

The dress is called Esther Hope

It is a beautiful occasion dress

Made from red cord with flutter sleeves and a rainbow trim

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I hope it is going to be very popular

Full details coming soon!

The Gro Company
After a chat with The Lullaby Trust

It was time to meet the team at Gro

I LOVE The Gro Company

As soon as Esther and William were big enough

After being born at 27 weeks

They were put into Grobags

My sister has memories of coming to my house

And seeing Esther and William zipped into their sleeping bags

Drinking their milk and then going straight to sleep

Matilda Mae had Grobags too

And so does Bea

This is perhaps one of the first baby product companies I was aware of

And one that I trust

We have used the Gro Clock with Esther and William

We had a Gro Light for Bea

And with Sprinkle we are going to be trying some modern day swaddling

With the GroSnug before transitioning to Grobags

I will be sharing our safer sleep journey with you

Over the coming weeks and months

So you will be hearing a lot about the fabulous Gro Company

Their innovative baby products

And all they do to support The Lullaby Trust

grosnug

The Jane Trider and Matrix
I thought I was totally up to speed

On safer sleep options for baby

And all terrain prams

They are two things very important to us as a family

For baby to be able to sleep safely

Wherever we may be

And for our family adventures to continue

Even with a tiny baba

I was completely blown away

When I found Jane at The Baby Show

And was charmed by a very lovely Irish man

Who showed me what I think might be my new favourite pram

The Jane Trider

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And the awesome lie flat car seat

That is the Jane Matrix

With isofix!

And it converts to a traditional style car seat!

matrix

How amazing is that?

And how did I not know about it before Friday?

One of the problems we have been having

In our search for an all terrain pram

Is finding one that will fit in our car with six people

But look at the compact chassis fold of The Trider

Very clever stuff!

Dinky Dragon
Speaking of clever stuff

The i-angel carrier from Dinky Dragon

Has also stolen my heart

This is a wonderful baby carrier

It has so much functionality

So many clever and cute features

Ears!!!

It has been designed with hip health for baby in mind

And comfort and back support for the carrier

It also aims to lengthen the time a baby can be carried

With the hip seat

And a ventilation pouch to stop baby getting too hot

dinky-dragon

It also has a pockets for coins and keys

That can fit a mobile phone

Which for me is just a brilliant thing

To be able to keep your bits close to hand

When wearing a sleeping baby

Dinky Dragon have thought of everything

And they are clearly very passionate about what they do

Ali talked me through the carrier

And though the product would in fact sell itself

She was so engaging and friendly

Confident and fun

Her demo was excellent

So much so that I could have stood and watched her do it

Over and over again

I filmed a snippet

Have a look!

If you are on the look out for a carrier

Do check out Dinky Dragon and their i-angel

I love the name!

MeloBaby
I love The Baby Show for discovering new to me brands

Brands like MeloBaby

They have a gorgeous range of bags

And the one that caught my eye

Was this beautiful LOVE back pack

Perfect for a multiple mummy like me

Who really needs to be hands free

melobaby

The back pack is pretty and practical

And has lots of clever features

That a mummy or daddy, grandparent or carer would use

PoddlePod
Meeting Charlotte

The lady behind PoddlePod was one of the emotional highlights of the show for me

We have worked together for years now

With Tilda and with Bea

I reviewed a PoddlePod with Tilda

Such special memories

Poddle Play!

Poddle Play!

And thanks to my lovely friend Ami

Had a ToddlePod for Bea

poddlepod

The pods are perfect for nap time and play

I am going to be working with Charlotte again

Over the coming months

And I am looking forward to sharing with you

More about the lady behind the brand

And helping to publicise some of the many uses of the

PoddlePod and ToddlePod

And the wonderful charity work that the company gets up to

I am really looking forward to testing out some of the new cover designs

With our Sprinkle of Stardust

poddlepod

SnuzPod

The Pod theme continues with SnuzPod

We have a Snuzpod that we adore

And will soon be setting up for Sprinkle

snuzpod

I need to get a new mattress

New baby New mattress!

#safersleep

And I am also going to buy some bedding

I love the clouds and shooting stars

snuz-bedding

And they seem perfect for a rainbow baby bump

Know as our Sprinkle of Stardust

Magnet Mouse

It was lovely to meet Magnet Mouse at The Baby Show

I had tweeted with them a little in the lead up to the show

And was intrigued to see the magnet fastening in their suits

The concealed magnets are safe and really very clever

Facilitating super quick changing of wriggly babies

Or sleeping babies for those middle of the night changes

I could not resist buying a super cute body suit

With a frilly floral colour

And I may also have to treat baby when she comes

To this bright pink mouse motif

magnet-mouse

iCandy

iCandy had a large presence at the show this year

I could not resist having a play with Peach All Terrain

This famous go anywhere travel system

Really is a lovely pram

It was lower than I imagined it might be

But there is no denying the quality of finish

And the functionality of design

I think for me though iCandy

Is going to remain iCan dream

Never mind!

icandy

Gertie the Good Goose
I cannot end this post

Without mentioning this little lady

Gertie the Goose

Think our own little lady is going to need one of these

When the time comes

How cute is Gertie?

gertie-goose

I am sure there is more I wanted to share from the show

I am going to be telling you more about British Baby Box

Next week

During Safer Sleep Week

british-baby-box

What a wonderful day

With wonderful company

Meeting wonderful brands

Reunited with old

Discovering new

baby-show-logo

Lots of people say to me

WOW

Fifth baby you must have everything you need

But in truth we don’t

We gave away a lot of our baby things when Tilda died

We got more things for Bea obviously

But again we gave away many things away

As each stage of development passed

I like to give things to people who need them

Some things have also been damaged

During the building works in our house

But also

As time passes

Products improve

Brands expand

New inventions are invented

We are all learning all of the time

And so it is always worth a visit to The Baby Show

I was given a press pass for The Baby Show. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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