The Baby Show // NEC BIRMINGHAM May 2016.

The last time Dean & I went to The Baby show, was when I was pregnant with A, & oddly enough I was similar amount of week pregnant then as I was when I went this time around, I remember going with my equally excited parents & coming out with so many bags we had to make two trips to the car!.

The Baby Show is the ideal place for new parents or parents-to-be to go.

The Baby Show with MadeForMums celebrated another fantastic and successful weekend at the NEC in Birmingham from the 13th-15th May. 
The ultimate pregnancy and parenting shopping event saw over 23,500 visitors attend across the three days!, where parents and parents-to-be arrived to buy the latest must-have products and listen to expert speakers imparting their knowledge and advice. 

With around 200 exhibitors on hand to help visitors make decisions, such baby retailers were there like Mothercare, Mamas & Papas and Babies R Us, as were major leading brands such as Tommee Tippee, Cosatto, Tutti Bambini, Diono and iCandy.

As usual the main stage played host to an amazing line-up of expert speakers including, author and vlogger, Giovanna Fletcher, renowned nutritionist, Annabel Karmel MBE, parenting expert, Sarah Beeson MBE, sleep guru Chireal Shallow, British Red Cross first aid specialist, Tracey Taylor, breastfeeding expert Clare Byam-Cook, MadeForMums reviews editor, Hazelann Williams, pregnancy and postnatal fitness specialist, Dr Joanna Helck√© and dietician and nutritionist, Dr Sarah Schenker. 

Amongst the things to see & buy, we had the chance to sit through a British Red Cross First Aid taster session, First aid is something that in my previous jobs, I've had to do, it's a great way to feel confident about any given situation, & know that you can help should anyone need it.

Having children be it the first time or your second,third etc I feel it's important to know what to do in certain situations, the more you can help, the less helpless you feel. 

The talk began with Choking in babies, we watched & put into practice how to hold the baby & how to give back blows. 

We also learnt about Burns, what the best thing to do it, & what's not recommended.

Seizures was the next thing, Febrile seizures to be exact, 1 in 20 children will have one, which is a statistic I knew nothing about until then, we're fortunate A has never had one.

What to do if your child has swallowed something was last in the talk & demonstration.

Around 58 children are accidentally poisoned everyday.
which is a lot!

we learnt 3 things to find out whilst calling for an ambulance.

The whole experience was a positive one, having first aid training in the past, I felt even more confident I could deal with situations should they arise.

I hope to do an in depth post about first aid in the future as I believe its valuable advice for all parents to know.

Another taster session I got to join in with is a Breathing Techniques class with Daisy Birthing, 

My life was extremely hectic when I was pregnant with A, & we simply had no time to go to any classes, looking back now I should have made time, but I didn't, this being our last pregnancy I want to do all the things I didn't do & wanted to do this time around. 

I was thrilled to be able to take part in this session, we learnt about different breaths and what they can be used for in labour & birth. my birth plan is still a little up in the air, so at least if I attend classes I'll feel a little in control of my own body thanks to the breathing exercises.

We absolutely loved The Baby Show, we came away purchasing a future fantastic keepsake for our soon to be two children, & also something that helps us at bath times!.

Also coming away with an exact idea of the pushchair we need & baby monitor also.

Zombiiemummy was sent x2 tickets in exchange for a fair, informative account of our time,experiences etc. all thoughts are own own, some photography included is not our own, but has been obtained with full permission to be used on the Zombiiemummy blog only.