I headed over to Bluewater today with Dimples today to take a look at the great products for babies and young children that are on the market at The Baby and Toddler Show. Glow at Bluewater is a great venue for us as it’s just the other side of the M25 and a lot less stressful than driving to Excel. There is so much parking, it’s well signposted and generally well laid out. And if that’s not enough there’s the small matter of over 300 shops, multi-screen cinema and more eateries than you could actually eat at in one day.
But back to The Baby and Toddler Show, last host to the DG clan when we had one less child and more space in the car. It’s just as I remember it, with a couple of notable differences: a) till points which helped with queues and b) the pushchairs are on sale at the guaranteed lowest price in the country this weekend. And the products that really stood out:
1. The Bunk Cot: Dimples spotted this stand from across the room and was straight up on the mini-top-bunk playing with the teddies that I am sure were what drew her in the first place. She was so very happy I just know that one of these would have been well-loved in our house. Their main market is London, which makes perfect sense as this is an amazing space savers: taking up the space of one cotbed rather than two, and is made from quality Beechwood.
2. Vital Baby Spoon Pouch Tips: baby food pouches are big business now. They are sterile, easy to transport and convenient to use. Although they can be tricky to feed from without a spoon. Which is why I would have loved a pack of these babies: spoon tips that screw onto the tops of the pouch to enable easy feeding.
3. Little Punk Numbers and Symbols T-shirts: such lovely lovely clothes on this stand but the ones that screamed to me had stick-on letters, numbers and shapes in boy and girl-compatible colour-ways (essential for me as one of my children only wears pick.) I just love the idea that your child can design their own t-shirts!
4. Playaway Case: this product looked to me something that will fill the luggage-related hole in your life once your children are beyond the Trunki. It’s a cabin-sized suitcase covered in fun graphics that has a central pop-out ‘pod’. The pod can contain those things that your children need access to during the journey- ipad, DS, colouring, books and so on- whilst the baggage in the overhead locker still has good packing space for all the clothes you need on holiday. Such a practical and useful idea.
5. Babyzen Yoyo Pushchair: this pushchair weighs less than six kilos. You can fold it one-handed and carry it on your shoulder like a briefcase. It has every feature that you want from a small stroller: recline, swivel wheels, padded comfy handle, shopping basket, travel bag. It has the extras like raincover, umbrella and footmuff. And it folds down so small it takes up half the physical space that an umbrella fold does, whilst being small enough to pop in the overhead locker on a plane. Dimples and I were both drooling: she has talked about it since we got home. And anyone who has met her will tell you that she is a hard person to please.
If you are in the Bluewater area this weekend, check out the Baby and Toddler Show, and don’t forget to use the code BS42 if booking on the website to get two tickets for the price of one.
*disclosure: Dimples and I received free entry to the show for the purposes of writing this post. All opinions are honest.*