Last week it was a real treat to visit The Baby Show at London’s Excel with my Mum and Rocco.
(Snug and cosy on the train)
Travelling up to town on the train with Rocco, snug and cosy in the I-Candy Raspberry was a breeze. The pushchair is light and the extra hidden storage unit at the front was useful for my bits and pieces.
Travelling on the tube however is NOT an experience I wish to repeat! It had nothing to do with the pushchair at all, it was just an incredibly tough journey because people pushed in front, they didn’t leave any space for me to fit in and at one point the doors started to close as I was trying to get on the tube and two men had to hold them back…It wasn’t even rush hour. It was a very stressful journey.
Anyway, I made it to The Baby Show in the end and it was worthwhile especially when I got to see Rocco enjoying himself playing at the Pirates play area on the Tommee Tippee stand. I treated him to one of their new active sippee cups which he has already become quite attached to and can proudly say the word ‘Cup’!
It’s quite overwhelming at exhibitions like this because there is so much choice and it’s hard to know where to start… Because this is my second baby I’m already a fan of a few products but it’s always nice learning about new ones and testing them to see how products compare.
First of all I bumped in to a few of the lovely ladies from Baby Bjorn. Although they didn’t have a stand at the exhibition, they were there visiting too and checking out what else was on offer. I’ve been using the Baby Bjorn high chair with Rocco everyday for some time now and if you looking for something simple, easy to clean but minimalistic in its design, this is the chair for you. Rocco has all his meals in this chair and I also let him do arts and crafts and painting whilst he it sat in it too. Below is one of my favourite photos of him recently – I particularly like his red streak in his hair!
It was also really nice to catch up with some people from Maxi Cosi. They were telling me all about “i-Size” which is the name of a new European safety regulation that affects car seats for children under 15 months of age. It only came into effect on July 9th 2013 and provides extra protection in several ways…
1. Improved protection at higher forces from side & front impact and a much better protection of head and neck
2. Rearward faced travelling mandatory up to 15 months old
3. i-Size also requires Isofix, which has less chance of being incorrectly used than belted car seats
4. i-Size car seats will fit all Isofix cars
5. Length classification fro easier choosing the right car seat, similar to clothing sizes
Maxi Cosi aren’t saying you need to upgrade your existing car seat but ultimately we all want our children to be as safe as possible when we are travelling in a car don’t we?
They are currently the only company offering this kind of car seat and its crazy that is has all changed since Rocco was born. I haven’t upgraded my car seat yet but I’m looking in to it for the newborn.
It was really lovely looking at the I-Candy stand. Visually it looked amazing. Their prams and pushchairs make me think of the car brand Mini; cool, sleek, and they can be custom built! They have a new range of changing bags out (that have been designed by someone who works for Mulberry), and they also have a new range out blankets out too which look gorgeous. I’ve now ordered my I-Candy Peach pram which I will be using with both Rocco and the new baby and I can’t believe I only have 10 weeks to go…
With not long left, my check ups at the hospital are more frequent. In my last appointment I had a bit of a scare. Basically when the midwife measured my bump (taking my fundal measurement) it only measured 23cm instead of 29cm. A lot of people have been commenting that my bump seems quite small for how far along i am, and I oddly I did mention in my last blog I have put on a lot less weight during this pregnancy compared to first time round… As you can imagine I was really shocked and worried at hearing this news from the midwife. She told me I had to book in an urgent growth scan and see a consultant immediately because the baby might not be growing properly. She suggested there could be a problem with the placenta or simply the baby might be in a funny position, nothing could be confirmed until they could look at the scan. The next 24 hours were horrible.
Alex took the afternoon off and attended the appointment with me. We were so relieved when the sonographer informed us that everything was absolutely fine. The baby’s measurements were all of average size, the placenta was functioning normally and it was just a measurement error. The worry was over…
As a parent you never stop worrying but at least it’s reassuring to know everything is as it should be for now and fingers crossed the last trimester isn’t too tough.
I hope you have a lovely weekend whatever you have planned.