Have you ever wandered around a baby store and been completed overwhelmed with all there is on offer? So many shelves and aisles of products for Mamas to-be and babies right through to toddlerhood – but how do you know what to buy? How many swaddles do I need? Which one is the best? Why is that crib $200 yet that one is $800?
Wouldn’t it be fantastic to go shopping for your new baby with someone there to answer these questions? Somewhere you could look at the product, touch and feel it, try it out and see if it’s what you need before you buy it. Somewhere to compare brands, talk to real parents about what’s necessary and ask advice? Look no further, the Essential Baby & Toddler Show is on the way.
If you’ve never been to a baby show before, you really must. As a busy parent, it’s much quicker and easier to check out all the products you’re interested in at the one place – many also have special show offers or discounts available. With informative information sessions, personalised free advice on the products you’re interested in, one-on-one consultations with baby and toddler experts, the latest brands and products from around the world, plus food and fun entertainment for the family, it’s a fun and worthwhile day out.
It’s also a great place to be introduced to new products you might not have heard of before. I bought my first daughter’s swaddle wrap at a baby show after looking around at all the wraps on offer. I was so impressed with all the information the lady at the stand gave me (later i discovered she was the owner and designer) that I bought three! My first baby show was also the place I decided which pram I was going to buy after trying multiple brands out for myself.
Excitingly, this year’s Show will feature some of the latest new products from around the world. It’s the ideal place to discover new as well as household-name brands, and compare them without the pressure to buy. If you need to know how something works, why it’s useful or how it was made, the product experts will be there to answer all your questions, no matter how silly!
Brands To Watch Out For
There will be more 150 brands covering baby and toddler products, as well as essentials for pregnancy. Covering independent, well-known, boutique and international products, some of the brands include Love n Care, Silvercross, Redsbaby, iCandy, Jalna, Baby Zen and Baby and Toddler Town – Bugaboo to name a few.
One of the best things about the Show is being able to speak to product and service experts. Not only about products you will need for your little one, but also for all the many questions parenting raises. At the Advice Hub you can get personalised, one-on-one advice with the likes of the Australian Breastfeeding Association, Australian Doula College, Gidget Foundation, Australian Dental Association, Child Revive, and Birthready.
This year the Show is also offering a limited series of First Aid courses by Child Revive.
NEW – Live Forums
A new feature of The Essentials Baby & Toddler Show this year is the Beginner’s Guide Live Forums. The panels are designed to support and inform new parents and expectant parents with free, helpful advice from experts and everyday parents. Some of the topics will include:
- Birth Plans
- Feeding Babies and Toddlers
- Safe Sleeping
- Toddler Tantrums
- Returning to Work
- Sex After Birth
There will also be a a special panel dedicated to single and LGBTQI parents who can share their experiences in raising a family.
Not forgetting the little ones, there will be live performances all weekend from EVERY child’s favourites: Peppa Pig, Bob the Builder and Ben & Holly. If you’re a parent of a toddler, this alone is worthwhile going for!
The Essential Baby & Toddler Show is on at one of Melbourne’s most beautiful buildings, the Royal Exhibition Building, Melbourne from Friday 5 April to Sunday 7 April. Catch the 96 or 86 tram that stops right out the front, or there’s plenty of parking at the Exhibition Building or on nearby streets.
The Essential Baby & Toddler Show Melbourne
9:30am to 4pm daily
Friday 5 to Sunday 7 April
Royal Exhibition Building – 9 Nicholson St, Carlton
For a chance to WIN a share of $20,000 prizes register for your FREE tickets here
For more information check out Baby & Toddler Show