Report From The 2014 Baby Show

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On Friday morning, I woke up with a fever. I took a walk around the block to see if I could snap out of it—not a chance. I made it back home and went straight back to bed, begging Feng to leave Mark at my in-laws. I slept most of the time, briefly felt better in the evening and went to bed again with a 39°C fever on Friday night. I spent Saturday in bed buried in my sweaty sheets.

I am not sick very often but when I am, I don’t do things halfway.

We finally picked up Mark from my in-laws on Sunday and I decided to stick with my original weekend plans: to check out the Ottawa Baby Show, the largest pregnancy and early parenting show in the capital.

Fear not: I am NOT pregnant (and not planning to be again anytime soon!) but I thought it would be the chance to discover new products and brands and learn a few things. Besides, it was held at Ottawa’s new Convention Centre that I hadn’t have the chance to visit.

Well, we were late to the party but we made it.

It started with a long escalator ride, much to Mark’s delight, to the last floor of the convention centre where we were greeted with a bag of goodies, including cream samples, wipes, baby food, discount coupons and more.

Then Mark spotted balloons. Of course, he got one (he can be charming when he wants something) and then it took me five minutes to 1) tie the helium balloon around his wrist 2) teach him to retrieve the balloon to play with it. I think I heard people laughing at us.

We walked around the different booths and explored. I love the fact that it wasn’t cramped and that people were friendly but not pushy. The show claims to “have it all under one roof” and I can well believe it—clothing, childcare services, strollers, food, car seats, nursing and maternity clothes… the 150 exhibitors did covered everything.

I loved, among many others:

  • The fun—but not tacky—maternity clothes from Belly Boom (they are a Canadian company and they have plenty of messages in French too!)
  • Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula… I am a huge fun, still using it as a body cream. It’s not just for stretch marks, it’s super moisturizing and it smells great!
  • The clothes from Peekaboo Beans, a Vancouver-based company. Colourful and fun!
  • Kardish Health Food Centre for its natural care products.

The Baby Show, as the name suggests, is more geared towards expecting parents or parents with a very young baby. Mark is already too old (!) for most of the stuff. It was fun to take a trip down memory lane, though (“Do you think he could still fit in a bassinet?” “Not a chance!”).

This is a great event for new parents. Baby care is a whole different world with brands and products you wouldn’t even think exist before you have a kid. I remember how clueless and lost we were, wandering around Babies’r’Us, trying to figure out what we would really need and what was just gimmicky. This kind of event gives you a chance to see and test (and even taste!) the products and figure out what works best for you. It gives you options.

Since I am a cranky French (and even more so when I’m sick), I do have to mention something that annoyed me: a few exhibitors jumped on me (yes, Costco, I am looking at you) and demanded me to sign up for whatever membership on the spot. Geez, let me take a look first! I had a two-minute sales pitch before I could even say anything and apparently, “I don’t need a membership” is not a valid reason to decline an offer. Most other exhibitors were relaxed and let us browse in peace, phew!

All in all, it was a very fun experience. We discovered new local brands, we have a few products to test at home and it was a stress-free outing in a kid friendly environment.

Definitely check out the Baby Show next time it comes to Ottawa!

En Route to The Baby Show

En Route to The Baby Show

Yay, Goodies!

Yay, Goodies!

Mark and the Helium Balloon

Mark and the Helium Balloon

Mark and the Helium Balloon

Mark and the Helium Balloon

Playing at the Booth

Playing at the Booth

Playing at the Booth

Playing at the Booth

Ottawa from The Conference Centre

Ottawa from The Conference Centre

Ottawa from The Conference Centre

Ottawa from The Conference Centre

Goofing Around

Goofing Around

And Of Course, Now He Doesn't Want To Leave!

And Of Course, Now He Doesn’t Want To Leave!

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  1. We want a helium balloon too !!! Mark is so cute and looks so happy with his ballon ! Are you feeling better anyway ? I am so scared to be sick : grand choco absent, no grand-parent around, my only option is to negociate with the nanny so that she will have so pity for me that she will stay for night time… Once I was paralyzed of my knee, my only option was to pray michoco won’t wake up !! (Or to climb on the floor with michoco on my back…… !??!!)

    • I am super scared of being sick for the same reason, I have a very limited support network. I’m still feeling weak but not completely passed out like I was. Ugh. It’s going to take time to go away I think. I’m blaming the weather, it’s still cold and humid here and temperatures change every day. Does your husband have some family around in Sénégal?

      • Yes. But far away… michoco has 2 oncles busy with their kids, 3 aunts even more busy with their kids, 1 grand-mother busy with her grand-kids she is in charge of, 1 grand-oncle working, 1 grand-grandmother laying on the bed because very very old and 17 cousins from 14 to few months among them 2 baby boys are same age with michoco ! I will feel more confortable to let him when he will be bigger because babies are feeded 24 hours a day, every 15 minutes… no sleeping time, baby will fall asleep by himself, or not, night time after 11pm when baby feels like it and a lot of presence but no surveillance at all ! And no precise activity program. The day is spent looking for the time going on and waiting until next day ! But they are really nice. I like them as well as michoco who even has a special dance for his twin cousin (born one day before him).

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