here we go……

baby show venue
baby show venue

BabyExpoUK are delighted to announce the launch of a new
2 day Baby Show to take place this September 29 & 30 at thecentre:mk Milton Keynes!

To visit the new website and watch film testimonials from
last year’s clients see here http://www.babyexpobabyshow.co.uk
thecentre:mk offers a fabulous nearly 2000 m2 of ‘blank
canvas’ exhibition space, all on one level, in one, very central high profile
location and exhibitors are already booking fast – Click here for the floorplan
www.babyexpobabyshow.co.uk/floorplan
As a shopping centre, the facility is already set up for huge visitor numbers
in terms of parking, restaurant facilities, award-winning baby change/breast
feeding areas, accessibility and superb signage in the surrounding areas and
within. With significant numbers of young families choosing this Region to set
up home, thecentre:mk offers very ‘friendly family facilities’ to include
buggies, rein hire and ID wristbands not to mention ‘Kiddy Cars’ rental! All of
which make an organiser’s life less challenging and enable us to focus on the
content of the event.
There will be no entrance charge for the general public but
there will be a ‘Privilege Shoppers’ opening hour on both days where those VERY
keen visitors can access the event 1st. They will be badged
accordingly so exhibitors can spot them throughout the day.
Price per m2 for this 2 day event is currently
£77 per metre + VAT but this is the Early Bird rate and only valid for a short
while. To take advantage of this special price deal and the very best pitches, exhibitors
should reserve their space now at http://www.babyexpobabyshow.co.uk/exhibiting/babyexpo-contract-form-for-exhibitors

Coming out the other side…..

BabyExpo on November 13 was our best yet – highest footfall, greatest number of exhibitors and a really inspiring programme of activities and entertainment – from conception to colic and tons for the kids.

Every year I say I am going to try and streamline the programme & make it more managable & every year I get carried away – this year we had a record 5 ‘extra’ areas ranging from the new Parent’s Pit Stop Zone with Mayo Wynne Baxter to the JUNO Natural Parenting Zone.

We were delighted to welcome the wonderful Phil Gallagher from Cbeebies and Jo Tantum, the UK’s no 1 babysleep expert as well as Headline Sponsors NCT, diddi dance, Early Years Childcare, Sing and Sign and Yummy Mummy Maternity. Thank goodness BabyExpo is now part of the lovely ‘What’s On 4’ family meaning I had fantastic support from business partner Sam, sales manager Mel, Zena, Susanne, a great team of volunteers, various husbands, best friends and older children but still none of us stopped all day!

The event feedback has been amazing but I have to pay tribute to our exhibitors. Not only do they have faith in us and invest in the event in these difficult economic times, but many go out of their way to assist us in the promotion both professionally – emailing their clients and contacts and personally – taking fliers into their children’s nurseries, placing event information on various intranets, putting poster in their local libraries etc.

BABYEXPO is a partnership and we work hand in hand with our clients to achieve its success. We always learn from every event – ironically some of our harshest criticism this year has been that too many people attended – having been at some other events where just a few hundred visitors came we know there are worse problems to have HOWEVER we will work on the layout and stand design to assist this and are already in discussions to this end.

As usual the post-show blues have set in but am already excited about the next show and a new show we will hopefully be announcing in a few weeks! I really hope you will join us! To read some of our feedback click here and to see more from on the day from the BrightonMums click here

Producing successful exhibitions is not rocket science. They are the result of A LOT of very hard work, luck, experience and a fair bit of charm.  The satisfaction however of combining keen buyers with wonderful sellers under one roof for one day and watching 9+ months work come together is enormous.

 

 

 

Mummy Looks Fab and Bras 4 Mums Support for BabyExpo! Free fitting + 50% off designer change bags!

Treats For Visitors To Brighton Baby Expo
07 Nov 11
Here at Mummy Looks Fab we are very excited about our forthcoming involvement in Brighton Baby Expo 2011 on November 13
 

In collaboration with T-J Hughes of Bras4mums we will be offering all our visitors a free bra-fitting service from a trained member of the bra-lady team. If you are pregnant or breastfeeding don’t miss out on the opportunity to check your bra is doing its job and your breasts are fully supported.

In addition to this we will also be offering our customers some amazing show deals – exclusive and for this event only:

Luxury Koochu change bags at 50% off. Designed with practicality in mind these gorgeous change bags effortlessly convert to luxury hand bags long after your baby changing days are over.

We will be launching a new designer – Seren Maternity – at the show and to celebrate our collaboration we are offering all our customers a buy one get one half price on their excellent value nursing vests. Longer line, super soft, just the right stretch, easy breastfeeding access and hard wearing, these vests will see you through breast feeding and beyond and are worth their weight in gold in any maternity wardrobe.

Finally, our end of season sale will be starting at the show with 50, 60 and even 70% off the last few designs in a range. These are reductions that will not be repeated on the website, so it’s an excellent opportunity to supplement your maternity wardrobe at a fraction of the normal cost.
Come and see us on Stand 203 for all of this and more

For more details contact sam on sales@mummylooksfab.co.uk or t-j on t-j@bralady.co.uk

 

 

Sussex ‘Parentpreneurs’ launch Topsy Toesy online boutique at Brighton Baby Expo

 

Sussex ‘Parentpreneurs’ launch Topsy Toesy online boutique at Brighton Baby Expo

Newly established online boutique TopsyToesy.co.uk, specialising in headwear and footwear for children, launches into the new season with a collection of current stylish designs, several of which have already been picked up by, and featured in, publications such as Vogue, Tatler and The Daily Telegraph

Topsy Toesy is the brain-child of Sussex-based mother Lisa Kingsnorth who, after giving birth to her daughter two-years ago, felt the UK market to be lacking an outlet that specifically provides a unique and desirable range of headwear and footwear for babies and young children for every occasion, as she explains: “Whilst there appears to be an abundance of beautiful clothing available for babies and young children in every imaginable style, I had struggled to find a range of hats and shoes for my daughter to compliment her outfits, whilst providing the necessary protection, quality and comfort I desired.  My aim, through Topsy Toesy, is to seal the gap in the market by providing a one-stop-shop for stylish headwear and footwear for children from birth upward”.

Wherever possible, Topsy Toesy works with UK-based artisans, designers and manufacturers to create a unique range of quality headwear and footwear items to suit all tastes.  This season, the range includes, 100% pure and natural hand-spun yarns crafted into beautiful woollen hats, classic flat-caps for boys, handcrafted knits in Aran and Fair-Isle designs, quintessential trilbies in check-print, cotton crochets, cashmere beanies and beautiful sheepskin trapper hats to compliment a stylish range of footwear, including the popular leather hi-top, desert boot, an array of vibrant Mary-Janes, a selection of exquisite handmade ‘occasion’ footwear and more

To mark the official launch, Topsy Toesy will be exhibiting a selection of goods at the Brighton Baby Expo, American Express Community Stadium, Falmer on Sunday 13 November, Stand 96

All visitors to the stand, signing up for the Topsy Toesy newsletter, will receive a 20% discount code for first time purchases

Mayo Wynne Baxter Parent’s Pit Stop!

You can’t go wrong if you make the Mayo Wynne Baxter Parent’s pitstop your 1st point of call on the day at BabyExpo next month – whether you are keen to conceive or parents of young children needing some fun – there’s something for everyone.

The pit stop will offer the opportunity for a break, a little R&R and for the little ones to let off steam.

Mayo Wynne Baxter will be launching their ‘Family Footprints’ campaign to encourage families with young children to write a Will AND try to raise £10,000 for Chestnut Tree House! The team will be on-hand with expert advice and Kids can join in by making paint footprints, which will be collected and used in a monumental piece of artwork!
There will be free yummy Ella’s Kitchen organic food for little ones*, the Organic Coffee and Smoothie bar and don’t miss fun with free bubbles from Purple Heart!   Children’s entertainers and face painters will also be on hand to include Dotty Spotty Sox, Actable Academy and the BalloonArcy gang!

The Artfull Splodgers – the experts in fun – will bring their fabulous team to amuse children with messy play all day fun while parents and carers enjoy a break close-by. This year BabyExpo welcomes 2 play zones courtesy of Bandai – with Noddy, Tinga Tinga and all your favourites and back by popular demand, the WOW play zone and play mat with their fabulous range of battery-free, high quality, British-designed, developmental toys – guaranteed favourites with all pre-school children.

Joining in the fun at 1230 will be Headline Sponsor Early Years Childcare who will be hosting a fabulous Heuristic Play session – with their expert team they will be demonstrating how to have fun with everyday objects – encouraging children to explore and learn and how to keep themselves amused.

 

As if that wasn’t enough, by the Parents Pit Stop is the Western Sussex Hospital NHS Trust stand with their team of experts and all day mini seminars on a range of issues to include Pre-conception, Infant Feeding, Screening & Scanning and Labour & Pain Relief.

Expertise of a different type will be provided by Debbie Stevens and her therapists from Wellbeing Events – you can enjoy a range of treatments on the day from reflexology and mini-massages to manicures so if you are a busy mum or mum-to-be make the most of the opportunity to treat yourself while you can! Look out for Brighton’s very own ‘Yummy Mummy to be’ Lynsey Bartlett from Heart Sussex Breakfast who will be dropping by for a pamper and ensure you check your goodie bags as some lucky visitors will have a FREE PAMPER VOUCHER to be used on the day!

Phil from Cbeebies Mister Maker, Jo Tantum and our Numberjacks VIP will all be making a special visit to the Mayo Wynne Baxter Parent’s Pit Stop on the day so why don’t you join them!

Mayo Wynne Baxter works with a broad spectrum of clients, with specialist lawyers in all aspects of business law and personal legal services. www.mayowynnebaxter.co.uk

For full information on BabyExpo see www.brightonbabyexpo.co.uk/baby-show

Birthing Matters!

ruby new born

ruby new born......

Birthing Matters!

OK, I have pinched the name for my blog post title this week but it’s so true – birthing and the birth experience as a whole matters so much.

While our focus is naturally always on the importance of delivering a healthy baby –how ever they make their appearance – a negative or positive birth experience has a very significant impact on the mother’s recovery, both mentally and physically as well as potentially impacting on breast-feeding success and her likelihood of suffering post-natal depression.

This is all very much in my thoughts today. This time exactly 3 years ago (6am 26 September!) I was in my kitchen with my mum and my little (female) cat. Contractions had started in the early hours and I had lay there alone, in and out of sleep, nervous but deliciously excited that my baby was on her way and by herself as I had been booked in for a C-section the next day! Having had an emergency C-section with my 1st born, they had put strict limitations on the time I was allowed to go overdue.  I knew a 3rd child was unlikely so this was my last chance at a ‘natural’ birth.

George, then aged 3 and daddy were both still asleep. Mum gently hovered around making tea and herself busy and my little cat stayed close, seemingly very in tune with what was going on as dawn broke and the contractions became closer and stronger.
10 hours later my little girl was born in water at Worthing hospital, I cut the cord and while I would never claim labour is easy, the high I felt having birthed her myself was unparalleled. (I should add at this point I was very much assisted by my lovely Doula Samsara, with my husband by my side).

Ruby wasn’t a little thing either, over 10 lbs as you can see by the snaps!

few hours oldThis was an enormously empowering, positive and connecting experience and one which will never leave me – especially as George’s birth, by emergency c-section had been so different. I was very well looked after, the decision was undoubtably right – he was so stuck we both would have died a few centuries
before – but along with the happiness of seeing him was disappointment. The final delivery had been such a passive experience. I almost felt as though I hadn’t ‘earned’ him – even though we had been in labour for 20+ hours.

That’s why I am so delighted we have such an amazing range of birth supporters and practioners coming to BabyExpo once again this time. For the 3rd year in a row we are supported by the National Childbirth Trust who will be found in the West Hall with information on all the NCT does to support new and expectant parents. There will also be ante-natal teachers and breast-feeding counsellors onsite on the day and the opportunity to sign up to classes.

Expert teams of midwives will be present on the Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Trust stand where visitors can enjoy a series of mini-seminars from their stand, from pre-conception to infant feeding. The team from Brighton & Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust will be offering expert advice and showcasing some of their innovative birth support products and Crowborough Birthing Centre will be present, offering information on a different birth experience environment and advice on the options.

As part of the JUNO Natural Parenting Zone, the Sussex Doulas along with DoulaCare (Certified Placenta Encapsulation Specialist) will be supporting and promoting natural and positive birth, positive parenting and natural post-birth healing and will be available all day for advice and support and information on how a doula can enrich your birth experience.

Also not to missed is ‘Parentskool’ on stand 141 who offer unique baby preparation courses to be embarked upon at any point in your pregnancy. Don’t miss their amazing on the day competition with fabulous prizes – see here for more! http://www.parentskool.co.uk/brightonbabyexpo.htm

We are really delighted to be welcoming Dean Beaumont, founder of Daddynatal and the UK’s only qualified male ante-natal teacher. Dean admits “I felt I was prepared for the birth of my son, had read the books and been to the classes, but after the birth…..I realised I had not been prepared, and felt I had let my partner down…childbirth education is tailored to women, and actually there was very little information for men as they prepare for their role in birth and beyond. The birth partner has a massive influence on labour, and can affect how long it lasts, how painful it is, and whether interventions are needed.”

So Dean launched the unique Daddynatal and new dads and dads-to-be should NOT miss him on the main stage on the day.

We are also hoping to welcome representatives from the producers of The One World Birth film – Alto Productions and maybe show some of their work – I was priviledged to meet these 2 amazing filmmakers a couple of years ago and (as they know) their films always reduce me to tears! Anyone interested in birth or the future of our planet should click NOW on this link http://www.oneworldbirth.net and prepare to be amazed!

Happy Birthing!

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3 years later3 years later!