That moment was yesterday.
I visited The Baby Show yesterday for what felt like the hundredth time since becoming a parent eight years ago. Only it felt different, I felt out of place, like I was no longer part of this club which I’ve been a member of for so long that I cannot remember what life was like before it. It didn’t help that I was attending my youngest who’s now 3, she’s no baby now, and we didn’t even take her pushchair along with us. I don’t think I’ve been to a baby show before without one of my children being in a pram or baby carrier of their own.
For a while, I’ve known the baby days were well and truly over but it was only yesterday that it did hit me, there are no more babies being housed in this body or this house. It will probably be the last time we will attend The Baby Show unless that day comes where one of my closest friends (yeah I’m looking at you two) becomes pregnant.
You see The Baby Show IS the place to go while pregnant or even after the baby is born, it is the perfect place to see everything you need under one roof, to compare it at the same time and even maybe grab it at a lower price. There are samples to be had and experts on hand to explain to you terminology such as ISOFIX and rear-facing.
When I was walking around, I had this inner urge to shout at all the new parents what would be best to buy and what not to bother wasting their money on. But then that makes me one of *those* people; you know the ones that give you that unwanted advice. Out of habit, I went to my favourite exhibitors, those who’s products have been in our parenting lives since the start and have continued to wow us over the years with new products.
The Baby Show is currently happening at the NEC Birmingham until the 21st May 2017 and then can be found at Olympia in London on the 20th – 22nd October 2017 and ExCel in London 2nd – 4th march 2018.