Last weekend (26 – 28 August) was Durban’s turn to host the Mama Magic Baby Expo. While we didn’t do the Barney show when we attended in 2015 (no baby yet), Jason did take Noah to the Barney show this year, and boy did my Noah love it! While father and son were being entertained by Barney, I had the opportunity to browse the stands at my own pace and see all the awesome products on show.
While browsing, I was struck by how different the show was for us this year, compared to last year. Last year, we went to find out more about all the various baby products, toys, furniture etc. However, at that stage, we knew there was a baby on the way, but we had no clue about the age, gender or size of our baby. It made for interesting browsing and shopping! This year, however, we had our baby. He came with us. Only, he’s not a baby anymore. He is now a very active little toddler. It was actually quite refreshing to go to the show with a different perspective, a different need. This year we were looking at toddler toys, jungle gyms, “big boy” beds etc. Everything a little boy either needs or would have fun with.
To make sure we didn’t overspend on all the awesome deals, we went in with a game plan. There were only two brands we had to find, and buy from. Everything else, we would look at, get pamphlets, and consider purchasing at a later stage. It was a helpful game plan. And we stuck to it for the most part!
We definitely wanted to get to the Pure Beginnings stand and make the most of the show specials. It is the only brand of products that has cleared Noah’s exzema and kept it away, as well as kept his severe nappy rashes away. We use it exclusively with Noah…nothing else goes near his soft skin!
With Noah’s health issues and him being at school, we needed to get him onto an excellent vitamin, that would help keep his immune system strong. My sister recommended Zinplex, and we tried it.. Noah loves it! It is sugar free, and cream soda flavoured – a win, win situation! Our paediatrician also confirmed that it is an excellent vitamin for children, as it is one of the very few that is scientifically proven to work. So we give our Noah 10ml a day – 5ml in the morning, and 5ml at night. One of the first stands we saw was the Zinplex stand, and I made sure I capitalized on their show specials too!
Yookidoo (see featured image) make awesome bath toys. Jason came across them online, and we’ve had our eye on a few of their toys for a while. They had a stand, and Noah and Jason loved seeing their demo toys in action! Of course, we walked away with the “Stack n Spray” Tub Fountain, and Noah loves it! He wants to play with it in the bath every night, and knows just how to stack the ships and change the minions!
While browsing, I came across some awesome products, I knew Noah would love. Some of my favourites include Furniture Express, who make amazing cots and beds. We will definitely keep them in mind when the time comes to look for a “big boy” bed for Noah!
Jason and I are both avid readers, and it’s important to us both that Noah develops a love for reading. So when I came across the Disney Book Club stand, I could not walk past without making a small purchase and finding out more information! They were selling “The Lion King” for an insanely reduced price, and when you bought the book, you got an application for your child to join the book club. When they join, they get 2 Disney books delivered to them every month. The first month they join, they also get an awesome Disney backpack. We will definitely be signing Noah up for this!
My child is a climber. He climbs everything. At home he climbs his cot and his feeding chair, pushes buckets and chairs around to climb on so he can reach the counters. Every time I see him on the playground at school, he is maneuvering around the jungle gym like an expert, with no assistance! So when I saw the KidZplay range of jungle gyms, I had to find out more! They have an amazing range of jungle gyms for little ones from 9 months old, right up to 9 years old. And you can either rent them, or buy them. I’d love to invest in one of these for Noah’s climbing habit!
I only recently heard about Pedia Sure, and I was intrigued by their stand at the show. It was interesting to discover they had a recipe book, so I can make meals for Noah and use Pedia Sure Complete to add flavour and nutrients to the meal. It can also be used as a milkshake for Noah to drink. I am looking forward to trying it out with my little fuss-pot! You van find Pedia Sure South Africa on Facebook, here.
*All photos are my own