All things baby un­der one big roof

The Sunday Independent - - METRO - LESEGO MAK­GATHO

THE UK’s num­ber one par­ent­ing event, The Baby Show, made its lo­cal de­but at the Kyalami In­ter­na­tional Con­ven­tion Cen­tre, pro­vid­ing the ul­ti­mate shop­ping and ex­pert-led ex­pe­ri­ence.

The show, hosted by Meg Faure, who is co-au­thor of the Baby Sense book se­ries, started on Fri­day and ends to­day. Among the high­lights were 150 preg­nancy and baby-re­lated ex­hibitors in­clud­ing Medela, Stokke, Ba­biesRUs, An­gel­care and many more.

The #MeetUp work­shops fea­tured ex­pert talks by Faure along­side feed­ing, sleep-train­ing and fam­ily fi­nan­cial plan­ning ex­perts. Be­spoke fea­tures on the menu in­cluded Colief Colic Clinic, Flo­radix Juice Bar, Medela Pri­vate Breast­feed­ing Area, Tom­mee Tippee Culi­nary The­atre, Crèche, Dad Zone and a Vicks Mommy Pam­per­ing Zone.

The best baby ex­hi­bi­tion to hit lo­cal shores yet also had a ded­i­cated cat­walk show­cas­ing the lat­est in ma­ter­nity, kid­dies fash­ion as well as daily fam­ily en­ter­tain­ment and fun.

Event di­rec­tor at Clar­ion Events, Ni­cole Muller, said the show was about get­ting the best ad­vice, see­ing the best prod­ucts and bring­ing the whole fam­ily along to en­joy the jour­ney.

“No one teaches you to be­come a par­ent. It is one of the big­gest things in life that you’ll ever do and you’re thrown into this world of prod­ucts and in­for­ma­tion, ad­vice that you need that you’ve never had to need be­fore.

So the baby show is a one-stop show and baby cen­tre where as a new par­ent you can come speak to ex­perts and you can cel­e­brate what you’re about to go into. And en­joy it.”

Muller said the aim was to pro­vide an en­vi­ron­ment for fam­i­lies to learn from the best, which is not some­thing read­ily avail­able ev­ery­day. Var­i­ous par­ents in at­ten­dance sought ex­pert ad­vice on top­ics clos­est to their hearts, and unique to their own needs.

The cherry on top is that there was some­thing for the dads too. As Muller put it: “It’s a very dif­fer­ent world to when our par­ents brought us up. It’s not that moms stay at home any­more, there are a lot of ca­reer women out there, a lot of dual par­ent­ing now where dads do get a lot more in­volved, and they want to be in­volved.”

THE Baby Show ran at the Kyalami Grand Prix Cir­cuit & In­ter­na­tional Con­ven­tion Cen­tre, from Fri­day and it ends to­day. The show pro­vided the ul­ti­mate shop­ping and ex­pert-led ex­pe­ri­ence for moms and dads.

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