Last year I was excited to attend the Baby Bump Expo but it was right after Sebastian was born so we didn’t get to go. This year I was able to attend the event as press. I was really excited about it. I love expos, we attend a lot of them every year but I specially love baby expos. I love the baby swag and getting to know about new products.
This event was at the convention center so I was particularly excited. I was expecting a really big event. When we got to the expo, I wasn’t as in love with it as I expected to be. The event manager in me started to criticize a few things. Lack of signage to start with, it was hard finding the event. The convention center is huge and this event only took a small part of it. When I learned it was at the convention center I imagined a really big event and it wasn’t so I was bummed right away.
We checked in and got the cutest little silverware set from Kiddobloom. We didn’t get a swag bag with our press badge but ticket holders did get one and I’m sure it had good stuff in it. The expo showcased really great products for new and not so new moms. They had an all terrain path to test your stroller, a big must before you buy one. If I would of test drove my first stroller I never would of bought it. Ikea sponsored the kids play area which is the best play area I’ve seen at a baby event. I wanted to go straight to Ikea and buy EVERYTHING. Luckily for my husband we had a wedding to go to so our Ikea shopping trip was postponed.
There was a few photographers with great deals on newborn photo session, chiropractors, doctors office and a few natural baby shops (my favorite is Little Things Collective http://www.littlethingscollective.com I get all my son’s Project Pomona pants from them)
My favorite exhibitors where:
Bella Materna: The sell the prettiest and comfiest nursing bras. They had a buy one get one free deal that I couldn’t pass. I finally have an awesome nursing bra that not only give me the support and access I need but its sexy looking.
Plum and Happy Baby: They gave pouches and coupons. I found a few new products from their line that I didn’t knew about. Plum has fruit strips, they are like fruit roll ups but in strips. Sebastian loves them!! they come in little snack bags great for the diaper bag. Happy baby has creamies, made with coconut cream and probiotics also one of S favs. Both products are Paleo.
Babyrific: An app that will tell you about all the events going on around you and connect you with other parents. Its coming soon. www.babyrific.com
Discovery Toys: Pretty cool learning toys for kids and babies. www.discoverytoys.com/JanDT
Story Circus: Sara Jensen is a librarian and owner of story circus. She does toddler parties. She had the cutest set up, Sebastian was in love with everything and had tons of fun at her booth. She also makes puppets. www.storycirc.us firstname.lastname@example.org her prices are super reasonable.
Bumbleride: Gorgeous looking stroller. If your looking for a stroller check them out.
Diono: My personal favorite car seat. I talked with them at another event and hubby and I went out and bought a Diono Rainier. Amazing car seats, ours can rear face up to 50lbs.
Doona: They have a bucket seat that turns into a stroller. Its pretty cool! I demoed a coral color one and it was love at first sight. Made me want to have a little girl.
Suki Moon: another option to replace crib bumpers. www.sukimoon.com
Matimals: A drying mat made to keep babies and parents drier after bath time. I thought it would be great to knee on when bathing S. www.matimals.com
Whole foods, PEEPS, Parent Map, LulaRoe, Osborne books, Volkswagen and a lot other exhibitors had great things to share.
There was 3 featured speakers and 5 mini workshops. Carseat safety, workshops for dad, breastfeeding, babywearing, pregnancy and being active. Fantastic talks for expecting moms.
If your on the fence weather to attend or not, I highly recommend you do. Bring your significant other or your prego friends and make it a fun outing. Most of the exhibitors at this type of event are usually the hip baby products that you wont know about them unless your very much into the baby community. They are usually companies started by parents to solve an issue they had, and most likely you will too. Also the freebies are fun to get and if your planning on using formula, Similac gives cases for free.