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I have to say to anyone who is pregnant or has a small baby GO!! Its I great exhibition you literally can get everything you need for your baby or toddler. I went when my son was first born as I saw an advert in a baby magazine and its safe to say i think it great their are a few draw backs though. I have to say I had a bit of hard time getting round everywhere and I do wish I had gone when I was pregnant as I saw almost everything I has bought already, at the show for half the price!! I could of saved a fortune. I went to the one at Birmingham NEC and it took us 3 hours to get their mainly due to the traffic and finding parking, if you are thinking of going I suggest you get a lift to drop you off or catch the train we queued for ages just to get on the car park.
I found it really hard to get round even though the building is massive, I had my big bulky pram with a baby that cried every time someone bumped into us. There was soo many different exhibitors it was hard to see them all and of course the brands everyone knows are their and lots I had never heard of too. I defiantly think you need to make two trips to see everything but dont take a really young baby mine was 22 days old and it was our first family outing, lots of people barging past to get freebies even though its clear everyone gets the same stuff as everyone else some people are just selfish.
The Baby changing room is massive and they were giving out free nappies and wipes so I didn't even have to go in my baby bag once! If you do take you baby there is a café where they give out free samples of purees which is great but I didn't get any as my son was too young.
It is quite expensive me and my partner did not book tickets we just turned up and if I remember right it was £16 a ticket, which is quite expensive but if you pre book your tickets it's a lot cheaper around £11. I have even been sent a code for the Manchester show to get 2 tickets for £17 so I'm defiantly going again as even just buying a few lots of baby food jars their the saving is amazing.
they even have a collection point so if like me you tend to buy everything that takes your fancy then this is a god send, you simply leave your stuff with an attendant obviously with your details and car reg and when you are going home go to a certain part of the parking bay and they bring your shopping to you. So no struggling carrying big boxes and what's best is the service was free!!!
I worked out if I had bought the big stuff from the show e.g. cot, pram, I would of saved around £190!!! Anyone who is thinking of going do it even if you just buy a few bits the trip will be well worth it for the advice you get from the stall holders.