Whoa, the count down is on! Less then 2 weeks until the Toronto BabyTime Show is back in town. From April 24-26, 2015 you can visit Toronto’s largest baby show at the International Centre in Mississauga (don’t forget it is FREE parking!). With hundreds of exhibitors the BabyTime Show really is your one stop shop for everything pregnancy to preschool. Here are 10 tips for making your outing to the Toronto BabyTime Show a huge success.
1 -Do your research – while it is fun to browse the BabyTime Show and walk the floor, if there is a specific item or brand you are looking for do your research ahead of time have a look at the exhibitor list to see who you “must visit”. The show is a great place to be introduced to new products, however you may find it helpful to do a little leg work before hand to narrow down some of the items you want to see. For example being introduced to 20 different car seats can be overwhelming, but if you know your top 3 and want to see them in person before buying that will be much more manageable.
2 – Bring your list – Once you are at the show it can be easy to get distracted and forget about the items you wanted to research or buy. I jot down the things I am looking for so that I can double check that I got everything before getting home. This time around my shopping list includes a swim diaper for Baby Roo and a gift for an expecting friend.
3 – Wear comfortable shoes – the last thing you want is to have to head home early because your feet hurt. Although there are places to sit down and take a rest, do yourself a favour and wear comfortable walking shoes as it will make the while day more pleasurable.
4 – Don’t forget your water bottle – you will get thirsty while walking around the show, and we know that it is so important for both expecting and nursing moms to stay hydrated. Strauss Water will have WaterBars set up at the show and will be happy to provide you with fresh cold water to keep you refreshed as you tour around.
6 – Check out the list of seminars being given daily at the show – The Expert Seminar Stage and Live & Learn Stage will offer information packed sessions on a variety of topics including breastfeeding, parenting tips, safe sleep, exercise during and after pregnancy, car seat installation and more.
7 – Don’t worry if you need to bring the kids – Can’t get away for the day? Or want to do some shopping with your partner but don’t have someone to watch your kids? There is lots of entertainment for young children at the BabyTime Show. This year kids can have fun playing at the Play-Doh Play Centre, meet My Little Pony, enjoy a show by Barney and many other fun activities while at the show with you. P.S. children 12 and under get into the show FREE.
8 – Come back again – Undecided about a purchase or want to bring your partner back to show them a product your loved? Re-admission is available when you attend the show, pick up your re-admission pass to come back one additional day during the BabyTime Show.
9 – Be prepared – if you are bringing your baby with you bring a stroller AND a baby carrier. Strollers are great for having a place to put purchases and samples, and a baby carrier is perfect for when baby wants to be with you and keeps your hands free. Every year I see moms awkwardly trying to push their stroller around while holding their little ones, so your best bet is just to bring your carrier. Don’t have one? Well the show is a perfect place to try out different styles and find one you love.
10 – Bring a friend/Partner/Parent – As much as I enjoying going to baby shows, they become instantly more enjoyable when I have a friend or my Mom with me. The BabyTime Show is a great time to connect with a friend you have not seen in a while. Or if you want to make your Mother’s year, bring her. Grandparents LOVE seeing all the baby products and doing some shopping, plus it is a great chance to get a visit in (plus grandparents get a discounted rate at the show). A win/win for everyone!
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Disclosure: This post was brought to you by the BabyTime Show. All opinions are strictly my own.