Today was the last day of the 1st ever Baby & Toddler Show at Glow, Bluewater and I went along with Paul, Paul’s mum and Emmy to take a look.
It was well sign posted to the Glow Centre which is a purpose built part of Bluewater. On arrival towards Bluewater you just follow the signs for Glow and you are directed to the closest car park to the site which is on the top level of Bluewater Shopping centre itself – there was plenty of parking and lots of disabled parking too – which would have been great for us as Paul’s mum is disabled, had she not forgotten to bring her badge in our car.
It was a short walk through the centre until we arrived at Glow and entered the show. We had our tickets already so wasted no time in getting in. A quick toilet stop to the well signed loo’s for Emmy and we had a wander.
It was a lot smaller than the Baby Shows in London but did have a very good mix of essential baby products, for me it was nice as there wasn’t the whole “lets walk around first then go back” problem which I always have at the London shows which also ends up with me running out of time and not going back or forgetting where I had seen an item. This was far more manageable for me, especially now being 38 weeks pregnant and having Braxon Hicks Contractions the whole time I was walking around.
I got to chat with a number of companies while I was there and even got my hands on the new Cosatto Giggle which is winging its way over to us very very soon as a Cosatto Brand Buddy which got me even more excited about it’s arrival, the colour ‘Treet’ really is lovely and makes me want baby here now to try it out (it won’t be long though).
We also came away with a lovely and fantastic product Snugglebundl which has made it’s way into my hospital bag already so we can use it in the hospital. It is a great lifting blanket which I will be telling you more about once I have had chance to play with it when baby arrives, however from past experience of having a c-section I know it will help me lots should baby not arrive early in the next 2 weeks and a section be needed.
We have lined up a few lovely products for review with our new baby so you will be hearing about those very soon too and a product which fasinated both me and Paul greatly was Babyping which is a new type of baby monitor which is used via the Wifi and links to your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch – I am now getting myself an iPad as I NEED this monitor!
Overall, for the 1st show I think it went very well. All stall holders I spoke with were very happy and more importantly busy, which is always a good sign. The show itself was busy too and it was a great venue as you could go shopping or off to lunch afterwards, during or even before.
I actually met with friends so we all ventured off for lunch – It was stupidly busy everywhere and we were not able to get into any of the restaurants which were honouring the Baby Show discounts, infact we were not able to get into any restaurants at all so ended up grabbing a Burger King and eating outside.
This show was good and I can’t wait to see it get even better next year, hopefully with more selection of things to do and buy for Toddlers as well as babies.