Disclaimer. I attended Bump and baby expo in association with Avocado events in a blogger capacity and received a goody bag. I remember when we moved back to York after 5 years away with a 5 months old baby finding baby groups, activities or even shops to buy things for Askar was very overwhelming. I spend a long time looking for things to do to get me and him out of the house, and only after 3 or 4 months I started going places. That time was quite isolating and I was pleased to get out and about, and maybe I haven’t made friends in every activity we have tried it gave me a bit of a confidence to keep going until we both were happy with our schedule for a week. If at the time someone told be that there is an event where I can go and learn about groups, classes, shops and services available without spending hours on internet I would have jumped on that opportunity. Plus cake, cake always helps. Ben, Askar and I have attended Bump and Baby expo while I was pregnant with Alma and really enjoyed it. So when the opportunity to attend in a blogger capacity came up I was very happy to promote it amongst my followers because I knew it was a useful informative event for parents and carers.
This year they worked with Action Medical Research for children and £1 went to this charity off a £5 ticket (under 16 free). It took place at York racecourse which has an ample of parking, so if you had little ones you wouldn’t need to worry about walking a long way or getting children out of the car on a busy road. The range of children and parenthood related businesses was very wide. There were hypnobirthing courses, there were pregnancy massage therapists, there were stalls with maternity wear where you could also get your breastfeeding bras fitted. And I am not talking about boring black, white and beige bras, I am talking nice lingerie for breastfeeding and pregnant mums. There were stalls with baby shower gifts, organic clothes for children, hand made nightlights by House of Clouds .
There were swimming classes stalls, there was Baby sensory stall, Reading Fairy stall, famous organic gentle style nurseries Little green Rascals, hand made organic baby teethers, local sling making company, Paul stride with car seats advice and many more.
My personal favourites were Mummy Buddy service that links expectant or new parents with a buddy who is slightly more experienced and can answer questions, or simply be there for parents. I thought in the world where we no longer have villages around us this is a fantastic opportunity to use internet to feel less isolated and to have meaningful connections with people.
My other favourite was an amazing book stall by Helen A. Lacey who wrote a book Lets talk to mummy tummy. I had a good look through and wished we had a book like this when I was pregnant for Askar. It would have answered so many questions better than I did at the time.
Amazing Treasure chest volunteering group of fellow mums helping women to achieve their breastfeeding goals and Lactation Education with Caroline Bolton, famous in her niche for helping women out, and Adrienne were there too. If you ever need help with anything breastfeeding related contact them.
Michaela Scott aka York Mother Nurture who together with Susan Bradley of Yoga for Modern Mothers run The Positive Birth Group in York with her stall promoting positive attitudes towards birth, her doula service and fantastic pregnancy massage. I am not biased I have experienced Michaela’s magic hands firsthand.
And in case you got bored of doing things to babies and children you could treat yourself to Neals Yard products, or have Mama MOT, physiotherapy, or have a consultation with personal stylist Elena Cheetham
The list can go on, but these were my absolute favourite stalls. We then listened to a talk by Mum’s back about mental health and postnatal depression, who then interviewed famous Honest mum about parenting and blogging. I have purchased her book #Mumboss which I am enjoying reading very much at the moment.
There was a little play area for children, good changing facilities and cafe with hot drinks and cakes. If you ask me whether it was worth going to I would definitely say yes. It had an amazing atmosphere and I hope it runs every year.