On Friday Little Miss and I got up early to get the train to Birmingham to visit the Baby Show at the NEC. I was quite excited as I knew I'd be meeting up with a few bloggers and brands 'in real life' rather than just catching up via Twitter or Facebook.
My highlights were:
Meeting some gorgeous bloggers - including Emma from Mrs Shilts, her lovely mum and Baby Shilts, Bryony from Love Bryony and the beautiful Georgie, Jo from Slummy Single Mummy, Ryan from Transatlantic Blonde and Zoe from My Mummy's World with her handsome Jack. As we travelled down on our own I was delighted to meet up at the show with Dawn from Mummy's Little Peeps and, as she's a local blogger, it meant Little Miss and I had company on the train journey home too.
Seeing the fabulous stands from some of my favourite baby companies - I didn't actually manage to get around every stand - too busy chatting with people - but I loved seeing the fab Mia Tui bags and the Cosatto stand with grass carpet and a fantastic collection of their prams. Little Miss even got in on the act and modelled two of the fantastic Cosatto Giggles as they both matched her outfit on the day.
The people from Vital Baby and their great show prices which allowed me to stock up as my fussy daughter gets really grumpy when we use anything other than their spoons. The Fisher Price stand had a giant baby rocker which lots of people were having great fun trying out. Cuddledry had some fantastic show offers but I didn't take advantage as I have my eye on their gorgeous pink polka dot towels which will be out soon. At the Mamascarf stand I finally decided which colour snoodie we wanted and bought a purple one. I was really pleased to meet a couple of companies that I will be reviewing soon too, including BundleBean and Peter Rabbit Organics.
Show discounts - I picked up the show goodie bag, and one for my new niece and her Mummy too. For two pounds this was a terrific bargain including a Kiddicare toy, two copies of Prima Baby and Pregnancy magazine, Aldi Mamia nappies and wipes and a few other samples. I also picked up some beautiful soft leather shoes for Little Miss from DottyFish, the bangle I've been eyeing up from Gumigem, and two lovely dresses from Pumpkin Patch.
We had a fantastic, if tiring, day at the Baby Show. I'm just trying to decide on whether to go to the Olympia Kensington show in October, now, where are those train timetables?