If you are an expecting parent, it is easy to be overwhelmed by all the things you need to plan for your baby’s arrival. There are so many things to buy, from diapers to cribs to car-seats, and all the choices on the market can be confusing when you want only the best for your bundle of joy.
Fortunately for today’s parents, there is a an increasingly popular event that aims to take some of the guesswork out of preparing for a new addition to the family. Baby shows bring everything you need from pregnancy to potty training to preschool under one roof. New parents can go from frazzled to fully prepared in just one weekend.
Try Before You Buy
Typical baby shows host more than 100 exhibitors. Products range from basics, such as diapers and clothing, to innovative new products like breathable crib mattresses and state-of-the-art baby monitors. You not only get to see and purchase the products, but you also get to watch demonstrations, use the products hands-on, and ask the company’s representatives any questions you might have. These are experiences you can’t get when you shop in stores or on websites.
More Than Just a Shopping Event
A baby show is more than just a showcase for products. Most shows also host a panel of experts to speak on a wide variety of topics related to pregnancy, childbirth and bringing up baby. Authors of baby and child-rearing books speak and provide copies of their books. Some baby shows even feature interactive lessons like birthing classes and baby yoga. Local providers of services, such as birth coaching, babysitting and daycare, are also on hand to give out business cards.
Everyone Likes Freebies
Attending a baby show is worth it for the free samples alone. After all, new and expecting parents can use all the free items they can get. Most exhibitors will hand out samples or other freebies. Others provide coupons or special discounts if you purchase items at the show. Most shows offer free healthy snacks and drinks for attendees, free wellness treatments, such as massages or aromatherapy, and free health screenings.
Don’t Miss Out
Baby shows only last one weekend and they only come around every once in a while. If you are interested in attending a show, go online to find out which shows are going to be in your area soon and make plans to attend. Children of all ages are welcome at the show, so feel free to bring your whole family. A typical baby show offers dedicated rooms for needs like changing diapers and breastfeeding. There are also activities for older children to participate in, and some shows have free daycare available.