Thursday 30 October 2014

The Baby Show 2014 At Olympia

On Saturday we popped along to the Baby Show at Olympia after we were kindly given some complimentary tickets. We went last year too, it's hard to believe that Eliot was under four months old back then!
We arrived in the afternoon and our first stop was lunch, There were tables and highchairs available but it does get very busy. I remember last year it was a bit of a challenge to find a table but we were lucky and got one straight away. There was also an area to prep baby food and there was even some free baby food on offer.
After we'd eaten we had a leisurely nose around, well if you can call attempting to walk in one direction while your toddler is determined to go in another leisurely! There were so many stalls to browse at but to be honest there weren't many that were applicable to us, it really is geared towards expectant mums and families with young babies, hence it being called the baby show!
One stall that Eliot took a particular liking to was one that was selling Happy Hopperz, he had the time of his life bouncing on them! But was particular fond of the attention he was getting from the ladies running the stall, it made him even more hyper.
He also kept falling off but he was fine and found that highly amusing too. We will definitely be getting him one of these for Christmas!
One of my favourite stalls at the show had to be Stokke, I love the giant table and chairs! It was very hard to get Eliot to keep still though!
Fisher Price had a Creche where you could leave your children for a bit of a play. Staff from Tinies agency were on hand to look after them. The OH was not too sure about leaving Eliot but Eliot was keen to go in as he could see all the toys through one of the windows. After filling out a form off he went, absolutely no qualms about being without us in a strange place. He was fine, we walked past a few times to see how he was getting on and he was totally immersed in playing.
Whilst we were Eliot free we came across a stall called Little Timbers which immediately caught my eye.
Our eyes were met by a vast display of pendulum clocks, from animals, to vehicles, to castles they were all beautiful. All handcrafted in the UK and unique, I knew I had to get one for Eliot. Clock and tick tock were one of the first words Eliot said. We're also moving and I have already bought some bits for a transport themed room, so one of the vehicles was a must! I chose the red bus and it was personalised with Eliot's name (I will show it in a later post or vlog).
Little Timbers also sell a range of other lovely items including name garlands which are gorgeous, I think I might have to get one of those for Eliot's new room too!

Once we collected Eliot from the crèche he managed to find the VTech toys play area and we managed to get a couple of family snaps even though Eliot didn't want to sit still!
Then after giving him a quick snack it was time to go. We had an enjoyable afternoon at the baby show and I definitely recommend it for those of you expecting. There are some great talks and offers on products.
The only issue I had was with the photography stalls, one in particular continued to ask us if we wanted our photo taken or wanted to tell us about their special packages. Which is understandable, that's why they were there, to sell. Personally I don't like that approach and one woman that spoke to us came across as utterly fake, if we were  thinking about getting professional photos that would completely put me off.

Did you go to the baby show?

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