April 14, 2014

Spring BabyTime Show Coming Soon! #contest #babytimeshow

In just 10 days, thousands of moms and dads (and future moms and dads!) will flock to the International Centre for the Spring BabyTime Show. The bi-annual event caters to parents-to-be all the way up to parents of toddlers.

I've been attending the event every single season since I found out I was pregnant more than 2 years ago. In addition to the great shopping (of course!), I've found a wealth of information from breast feeding to car seat safety and have even met Ann Douglas, author and parenting expert. I've visited with my mom, my best friend and my husband, and in the fall, even brought our toddler along for the ride. She, too, had a great time meeting some of her favourite characters, playing in the Fisher-Price zone and sampling some of the newest treats designed for toddlers' tastebuds.

This year will be the first time I'm attending the event both as a mom to a toddler, while pregnant with baby #2. I'd like to think we're already pretty prepared when it comes to having a child, but having another is a completely different ball game. Still, there's tons to know and a lot of information to soak in.

And so, as any planner-mom would be, I've already made a list of some of the things I want to see and learn about. At the top of my list: a double stroller. The BabyTime Show is known for having its share of sales and deals and baby gear is no exception. I'm in the market for a double stroller. Which one, though, is still up for discussion. Do I get a side-by-side or one that sits in front of the other? Brand? Model? Price? So many factors to consider and it will be a large purchase. (If anyone has any advice, please let me know)

What else will I be checking out? More gear, of course.

Diono has recently launched the Rainier, a new Convertible Car Seat with a full steel frame. This one can be used from 5-50 lbs rear facing and 22-65 lbs forward facing. It then turns into a booster for kids between 50-120 lbs. What's great about Diono, though? It's narrow enough to fit three car seats across in a mid-size vehicle.

It retails for $379, but in my opinion, you can't put a price on your child's safety.







Up next, some home decor, or nursery decor. I recently learned about Signature Little Ones, a local Vaughan-based company, who makes everything from personalized pillows to robes, growth charts, bedding and even stuff for mom and dad. This will be their first time at the BabyTime Show and I would love to see what they have for Isabelle and Baby #2.

On a recent visit to one of our programs at Rogers TV, the girls from Signature Little Ones brought alone some personalized announcement pillows and I just fell in love with them. What a great gift idea and beautiful addition to your baby's nursery.

Of course, there are so many great causes to learn about at the show, as well. I'm thrilled to learn that Mount Sinai Hospital Foundation will be in attendance promoting their Rock 'N Stroll. This is a super-unique fundraising walk to support high-risk births at Mount Sinai. While my preemie wasn't born at Mount Sinai, I do know some babies who were, and hold the NICU there, and the nurses and doctors in high regard. I think this is a wonderful way to support the cause.

And lastly, you can't visit the show without spending a little bit of money on clothes or baby supplies! Sears Canada will be there, and you can register or pick up inexpensive and useful onesies or pjs, muslin blankets and bottles. Well.ca will also be around, and in the past, they've sold diapers! We'll see what's in store this time for this fabulous e-retailer.

For those visiting the first time, let me offer some tried-and-true tips:

  • Buy your tickets in advance if you can! You can buy here in addition to the Box Office
  • Check out the schedules online and plan your trip
  • Leave your jackets in the car!
  • You're welcome to bring snacks for the little ones
  • There are convenient diaper change areas and feeding areas, so you're welcome to bring baby
  • Be patient! It can get quite busy and crowded with strollers, but it's worth the trip!
  • For up-to-date info, follow BabyTime Shows on social media! facebook, twitter, pinterest
  • For more great tips click here
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The BabyTime Show runs from April 25-27 from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. at the International Centre. 

Good Luck!


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Disclaimer: I am an official BabyTime Show Ambassador and will be receiving special perks as part of my affiliation. All views expressed are my own.

14 comments:

  1. I just picked up the Baby Jogger City Select Double stroller and cannot wait to use it this summer to welcome our twin girls. Good luck on your search.

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  2. I'm excited to see what unique gifts are out there for me to buy my friends who are expecting!

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  3. Assortment of strollers!

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  4. Looking forward to seeing what natural health care product are out there.

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  5. Talking to parenting experts and checking out the strollers.

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  6. I really want to see the Dearborn Baby store. They have awesome deals there.

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  7. Most people I know also have the City Select!!!

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  8. I'm most excited to see the new products that are out there :)

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  9. Everything! I love discovering new products!

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  10. I want to buy new products and get free samples.

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  11. Attipas! I want to get my daughter a pair!

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  12. Products deals and samples :)

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