I've been to the Baby Show most years since I had my eldest. The Baby Show is definitely a must if you are having a baby, whether you are a new parent or have kids already. I've always found it a lot of fun, a good day out & there are always a lot of new products & ideas to view or try usually many hefty discounts are offered by various companies on a wide range of products. Sometimes you even get offered free samples. The organisers have gone out of their way to make it as child friendly as possible so that parents can enjoy a hassle free day even with kids in tow. There are lots of changing areas & a dedicated feeding area where you can either heat up your own food or give your child a taste of the free baby food on offer & there are many fun play areas & activities to keep kids (small or large!) interested! My kids had a great time doing the competition trail which involved getting stamps from various stands on their cards & eating lots of free sweets & lollipops!
If you are a new parent or parent to be, you can easily be daunted by the wide range of products that are on offer so the Baby Show is the place to go to look at & see what is available & see whether it will suit you. Everything is available from clothes, shoes, toiletries, travel equipment, baby bags, safety items, furniture & of course a huge range of prams across the different manufacturers & retailers. One of the most useful things about the Baby Show is seeing all the prams in real life as there are so many available & its very hard to choose something without seeing them in real life & getting a feel for the size, weight, how they fold down, how they push etc. At the Baby Show there are many of the top manufacturers (Britax, Graco, Mama's & Papa's to name a few) & there are many retailers (like Mothercare, Babies R Us etc.) & these usually go out of their way to have people to give you a demo of the product & allow you to try it yourself.
You can kit your whole nursery out & buy everything you need - there is a collection service available so that you don't have to carry everything around with you & many of the big companies also offered free delivery to your home address - again great for those who have travelled a distance on public transport & would find it hard to get their purchases home.
THE BABY SHOW is held in 3 different venues across the year
London EXCEL - 22-24th Feb 2013
NEC Birmingham - 17-19th May 2013
London Earls Court - Date not confirmed on website but usually October
For more information please see http://www.thebabyshow.co.uk/