The Baby and Toddler Show

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C and I went on a flying visit to the Baby and Toddler Show at Manchester’s grandly named Event City today. A little white lie to the parking attendants directing people to the furthest overflow parking (yes, I’m a bad person ) and we were soon parked up outside the Trafford Centre’s Barton Square ready to go.

It may not be a patch on the huge shows in Birmingham and London, but given we live close by it was worth a quick trip down the road fora number of reasons.

Firstly, I had a voucher for 50% off a Bambino Mio Miosolo nappy. I’ve already written about my cloth nappy addiction, and whilst it’s not my current favourite nappy, I’ve been very impressed with the Miosolo – it’s held up to some pretty epic poosplosions, is pretty quick to dry and the attached insert is simple to stuff and much easier than hunting out a matching insert from the washing pile.

Secondly, I was fed up of hunting through baby swimming class websites trying to find one I can get to with C inbetween school pickups, ballet, football and so on. All the main class providers were there, and it was great to see G’s first ever Water Babies swimming instructor again. I was also excited to discover that Rebecca Adlington has set up a swim school in Bolton – guess what I’m enrolling G for ASAP!

And finally, I got the chance to meet Rachael from Kangarinos who was there with Cheeky Rascals giving me the chance to try out a Manduca carrier around the show (pictured!). I’ve been looking for something quick and easy to pop C in for the school run, and the Manduca is definitely a contender, particularly as they’ve released a limited edition purple version. Purple!

Back home, a brief look online reveals the worst. No, not anything wrong with the Manduca carrier – it simply appears that the world of ‘baby wearing’ has the potential to be just as addictive as cloth nappies.

This could be dangerous.

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