By Nora Ball

Over the weekend, the Pregnancy, Babies and Children expo was running at Claremont showgrounds. Catering for expectant parents as well as seasoned mum and dads, almost all the popular baby brands were covered under the one roof. From car seats, to prams and baby bottles, it was the one-stop shop for all things baby related. There were many great deals and specials available for expo attendees and loads of free samples to try.

In addition to providing the chance to shop til you drop, there were various free talks and info sessions held on important topics- a great chance to get your questions answered and stock up on some valuable knowledge.  As a mum to a 6 month old baby, I found it particularly helpful to ask questions from the experts on products that I’ve already been using but wasn’t quite sure about.

It was also really good to see the baby and children friendly facilities with lots of places to feed and change babies, as well as play areas for older children. Pregnant women were not forgotten with frequent water stations and seats for them to rest. Parcel minding facilities were available in case you went all out with your shopping, which was very tempting!

Something that stood out to me was a ‘baby bump painting’ station. There were plenty of pregnant women proudly exposing their bumps with some cool artwork painted on it. That was the first time I’ve ever seen something like that, but I might have to keep it in mind if I ever get pregnant again.  I also smiled at the kid’s talent booth, where you could enter your child into a modelling agency to get your baby featured on the next ad for the likes of Cotton On, Bonds and Seed etc. Cos doesn’t every parent think their baby is the cutest?

If you are a parent or parent-to-be and  you missed out on the expo this year, make sure you go along next year as there is so much to get out of the day. Entry is free if you pre-register online or $20 at the door.

You can follow the Pregnancy, Baby and Children’s expo on Facebook, Instagram or on their website.