Mummy and 3 Pickles Visit The Baby Show

Last Friday I was invited to the Baby Show at Excel London by Tommee Tippee. Being half term I had all of the pickles home so I had to take some of them with me so I took my two eldest girls 12yo and 7yo plus Baby Pickle herself, leaving the terrible two 4yo and 2yo with the childminder.

We packed the car with lots of supplies, including drinks and snacks plus a treat or two. The journey was ok well if you don’t mind motorway driving, M4 and M25 most of the way, 2 and half hours later we arrived at Excel. And what a fab place it is, there is ample parking, which is reasonable at £15 a day. Other transport links include DLR which is right outside the venue.

Inside the venue it is huge, light and airy with a really relaxed feel. There are plenty of restaurants, with a good choice of food. Toliet’s including baby changing a plenty and lots of lifts.

The Show itself had a good selection of Exhibitors from Swim Schools to Birth Preparation Classes, new innovative businesses to established traditional baby retailers. They had a stage with a great selection of speakers and fashion shows.

There was a stage with fashion shows showcasing the latest must haves for families.

I meet the lovely Elizabeth from the fantastic charity Count the Kicks, who raise awareness of the importance of baby’s movement during pregnancy.

We stopped to feed Baby Pickle courtesy of Plum giving us a free pouch of food and Tommee Tippee who supplied the food and milk heating station, plus spoons and bibs.

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After lunch we went on for the main purpose of our visit the Tommee Tippee Press Launch, to hear all about their new range of soothers (dummies to you and me). It was lovely to meet to team and learn more about the range. Plus we got a goody bag, nothing like a free goody bag especially when it includes a delicious big bar of yummy chocolate from ‘Hotel Chocolat’ ( And yes I did hide it from the kids and enjoy it all to myself)

Once we had been to the launch it was a chance to look at new products and services that are about for expectant parents and families. Also at the same time Excel also accommodated the The Work and Family Show

The show offers parents a chance to explore the options open for working for yourself, running a franchise and building your current business. There were also plenty of guest speakers, workshops and Q & A sessions. So a good free added extra to the Baby Show.

We had a fun day and met some fantastic businesses and picked up a few bits and pieces to try out with Baby Pickle. We will certainly be visiting again in the future.

Right and then for the long journey home, but I won’t bore you with that as it was Friday rush hour after all!

Written by Jessamine Hislop-Newton, Mummy to 5 Pickles, Founder and Owner of Little Pickles Markets

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Preparing for baby – the nearly new way

According to the Money Advice Service the average cost of raising a baby in their first year is £3,710.  Ouch! That includes everything you need to buy in preparation, from moses baskets and cots to pushchairs and car seats. And not forgetting clothes and nappies (the list goes on).

We were very lucky with our first baby (Little Shrimp) as family offered to buy the big things, and with us both working full time buying the other bits and bobs wasn’t such a problem.  Four years later and we’re expecting Baby Girl Shrimp (we’ll call her BGS for short) and I’m on a mission to buy ‘nearly new.’  Why?  Because we don’t have the money to buy anything at full cost and from running markets for over two years I’ve seen how much money can be saved. I have the bargain bug.

Bargain hunting

We don’t need too much for BGS as we have a lot from Little Shrimp’s baby days. But I have been on the lookout and managed to pick up the following items from our Little Pickles Markets:

Phil and Teds cocoon to keep BGS cosy in our Mini City jogger stroller

·             RRP – £80

·             Nearly new price – £20

Maxi Cosi infant carrier

·             RRP £94.99 (variable in different stores)

·             Nearly new price – £20

I personally wouldn’t buy a nearly new car seat. But I brought this from a friend who I 100% trust – and I know the seat has not be involved in any sort of accident.

Fisher Price, woodsy friends bouncing chair

·             RRP – £42.99

·             Nearly new price – £10

Monsoon summer hat

·             RRP – £10

·             Nearly new price – £1

Weaning bibs

·             10p each

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My wish list

·             Chest of draws for the nursery which can be used a changing table

·             Cot bed (but will buy a new mattress)

·             Comfy chair/nursing chair

·             Clock and lamp for nursery

·             Mini City jogger foot muff and rain cover

·             Clothes! Although having a boy and now a girl is lovely – it does mean a whole new wardrobe.

 

My wish list isn’t incredibly long but we have some home improvements to make so we can all live comfortably with our addition. And we still want to go on a little UK break as a family this year just before Little Shrimp starts school, and don’t get me started on the cost of that, but I did write a blog about it last summer!

Competition time

Tell us what ‘nearly new’ bargains you’ve pick up at our markets or what’s on your wish list while you bargain hunt.

Leave your comment below and we’ll enter you into a prize draw to win a luxury goody bag and a free nearly new table (worth £10) at any of our markets (subject to availability) during 2014.

 Closing date: Friday 28th February – Competition Now Closed

Good luck!

Blog written by Selina Shrimpton, Little Pickles Market Organiser Dorset

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