Saturday, 5 October 2019

Baby and Toddler Show - EventCity, Manchester

The Baby and Toddler Show

Last weekend we got an exciting opportunity to attend the Baby and Toddler Show at EventCity Manchester, having not attended one of these shows before I was excited to see what brands were going to be going and having stands. 
EventCity is located just at the side of Manchester's Trafford Centre, so finding the venue was really easy and parking wasn't an issue, the spaces were all adequate sized so there wasn't a worry of having to squeeze Isabelle in and out of her chair - Thank the lord!! I hate going places and having to struggle with not having enough space to get kids in and out of the car.

Once inside we began exploring the different stalls - it was lovely to see some of the Instagram shops which I have grown to know and love amongst some of the bigger, well known brands, as well as brands I hadn't come across yet.
I took Isabelle in her Trike, anyone with a toddler (or better known 'Turdler') will know that they hate their pram but don't want t walk either, she's far too heavy to carry when she can't be bothered walking, so her Trike was a god send! I was very happy to find that the isles of the stands were wide enough to navigate her trike or a pram through without taking up all the room and there was still room for 2-way pedestrian traffic. 

At the bottom of the hall which the event was held in there was a large section for prams and baby seats, although I am not planning another child it was nice just to have a wander through and look at the different designs which are now available. It was also lovely to see that the brands reps were taking their time to speak to expectant mothers and show them the different qualities of each design without them being pushy on sales.

My absolute favourite though had to be the stands with the handmade crafty items which I hadn't stumbled across on Instagram before such as Too Much Cute UK who not only makes the most gorgeous little bows and clothing, she is genuinely such a lovely lady and local to me too who I will love to support and watch her brand grow in the future.

(Isabelle's favourite was definitely the selfie stand)

On a whole I thoroughly enjoyed my time at the baby and toddler show in Manchester, and my husband who was dragged along also said it was far more enjoyable than he anticipated. The only thing we were a little disappointed in was the food stall which attended didn't have much variety - Ste is lactose intolerant so couldn't eat any of the sandwiches which were available and didn't like anything else on offer and I am also Gluten intolerant so couldn't eat any of the pastries or sandwiches on offer either - In hindsight we will plan ahead next time and take some food which we had prepared at home. 
On discussion with other parents who have attended the shows at Birmingham NEC and at other locations, the Manchester event is probably one of the smaller shows, so I would love to attend the shows at NEC to compare in the future and have another great day out. 

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