The Baby Show, with MadeForMums, announces its best-ever line up of speaker for its Olympia Show with an outstanding list of the UK’s top parenting experts and celebrity parents sharing their experiences in live talks across the three days. The Baby Show, which runs from Friday 18th until Sunday 20th October at Olympia London is a must-attend event for all those new and expectant mums and dads looking to shop for their new arrival and hear from the best experts in the business!
Topics in the spotlight include starting up a business while on maternity leave, body after baby, coping with, and enjoying, the first three months of parenthood, become a dad for the first time, hypnobirthing, mental health, a buggy buying guide, babyproofing your relationship and of course the returning favourites of sleep, weaning, birth and breastfeeding.
And for the first time ever, the show will be unveiling their brand-new Sleep Clinic, Weaning Kitchen, Catwalk, The Dadsnet Mancave and new look Live Talk sessions featuring Giovanna Fletcher, Stacey Solomon, Mario Falcone and Casey Batchelor.
Key Topics for the Baby Show at Olympia 2019:
Weaning is an exciting milestone when your baby moves from being sustained purely from milk to starting their journey with food. It can be tricky and that’s why The Baby Show has launched The Weaning Kitchen! Experts such as Annabel Karmel, Charlotte Stirling-Reed, Tom Redwood, Ciara Attwell (author of My Fussy Easter), Lucinda Miller and Michaela Chiappa will share their top weaning hacks, recipes and demo simple techniques in an interactive kitchen. Annabel will also be taking part in the Live Talk sessions on Friday 18th October @ 12.45pm and Charlotte will be on Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th October @ 12.45pm.
For many, sleep is the biggest issue when it comes to parenting and that’s why The Baby Show has created a new Sleep Clinic, specifically to help new parents get a good night’s rest. Ready to answer your burning questions, offer advice and non-judgemental support are leading sleep experts, Lucy Shrimpton, The Sleep Nanny®, Andrea Grace, Rachel Fitz-Desorgher and The Parent and Baby Coach, Heidi Skudder and Lucy Wolfe. Lucy Shrimpton will also be taking part in the Live Talk sessions on Friday 18th October @ 2.30pm, Andrea will be talking on Saturday 19th October @ 3pm and Rachel will be sharing her expertise on Sunday 20th October @ 3pm.
Celebrities sharing their birth stories and their unfiltered view of motherhood include Loose Women’s Stacey Solomon, who recently launched her own book all about her parenting experiences called Happily Imperfect – Living life your own way. She’ll be talking on Sunday 20th October @ 12pm.
Meanwhile, mumfluencer and writer, Giovanna Fletcher, author of the hugely successful Happy Mum, Happy Baby: My Adventures into Motherhood, will be talking all about her parenting experiences she shares with McFly’s Tom Fletcher and giving advice – on Saturday 19th October @ 12pm
BODY AFTER BABY
TV personality and founder of Yoga Blitz, Casey Batchelor, comedian and founder of The Fat Funny One, Jessica Jones and fitness trainer, Elizabeth Davies (@themummycoach.co.uk) will be giving advice on everything from post-natal to peri-natal fitness, to body confidence and embracing your form. They’ll be talking on Friday 18th October @ 12pm
TURNING BUSINESS DREAMS INTO REALITY WHILE ON MATERNITY LEAVE
Many mums decide to launch their own business while on maternity leave but knowing how to start can be the biggest challenge! Join Founder and CEO of digital mall, LetsBab, Bonnie Takhar, founder of clothing brand and Instagram community, Mutha.Hood, Gemma Metcalfe-Beckers and Founder of The Modern Nursery, Laura Williams and fashion and beauty blogger, Emily Roberts on Saturday 19th October @ 13.15 as they share their success stories and advice.
You never know how you’re going to cope with the arrival of a new baby and the most important thing is to talk about it with loved ones and not feel alone. The Baby Show’s mental health panel, ‘A powerful baby brain – advice and knowledge to help maintain your mental health pre and postnatally’ will feature experts including Anna Mathur, Psychotherapist and Writer, Siobhan Miller from the Positive Birth Company and Dr Sarah Vohra, the Mind Medic, who will share their expertise on coping through this potentially tricky time. Hosted by Neev Spencer, DJ at Kiss FM and Charity Campaigner at 10.45 on Saturday 19th October.
The Baby Show has a fantastic array of breastfeeding experts including author of What to Expect when you’re Breastfeeding, Clare Byam-Cook (Friday 18th October @ 11.30am), Lactation Consultant and founder of The Parent & Baby Clinic – Vanessa Christie (Sunday 20th October @ 2.30) and Lactation Consultant and midwife, Beth Graham (Saturday 19th October @ 11.30).
THE FIRST THREE MONTHS
The first three months of a baby’s life can be the trickiest for parents to get their heads around their new roles and grapple with this extra little person in their lives. CEO of The Wonder Weeks Xaviera Plas-Plooij, The Parent and Baby Coach, Heidi Skudder, Naturopath, Lucinda Miller and baby care consultant and author of The Baby Detective, Sarah Norris, will be giving advice on how to get through – and enjoy – those first 12 weeks. Chaired by Leonora Bamford, founder of parenting website, MyBaba – Friday 18th October @ 1.15pm
The biggest thing on an expectant mum’s mind will be the day of the labour; what will it be like? What happens in a C-section and a natural birth? And what strategies are there to make the day run as smooth as possible? The Baby Show will have talks from the UK’s leading experts including Milli Hill, author of The Positive Birth Book and Give Birth Like a Feminist, (Saturday 19th October @ 2pm), Hypnobirthing Trainer and Teacher and founder of Birth Joy, Kemi Johnson (Friday 18th October @ 2pm) and Obstetrician and Founder of Happy Parents, Happy Baby, Dr. Will Dooley (Sunday 20th October @ 2pm).
HOW TO TEACH BABIES LANGUAGE SKILLS
Help your baby to progress quickly from the word “go!” with help from Dr. Robert Titzer, Founder of Your Baby Can Learn and infant researcher. He’ll be giving advice on how to teach your baby language skills and get the best start in life on Friday 18th October @ 3pm, Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th October @ 3.30pm
Other key talks across the weekend include babyproofing your relationship featuring experts from Channel Mum and psychologist, Emma Kenny, (Sunday 20th October @ 11.30am) and a live podcast panel of Don’t Tell Your Mum Live – with Al Ferguson from The Dadsnet, Ben Anderson (The Diary of a Dad) and reality TV star and new father, Mario Falcone (Sunday 20th October @ 1.15pm).
Zoe Bonser, Show Director at The Baby Show, says: “We’ve listened to visitor feedback and what they really want is to find out more about how they can overcome the hurdles they face as new parents – that’s weaning, understanding their baby’s sleep problems, baby proofing their relationship, mental health, and finding out which products are best for them and their lifestyle.
“That’s why we’ve come up with a number of new sections dedicated to helping them through this, including the new Dadsnet Mancave where men can chat to veteran dads and open up about the things that matter to them. Unlike in the past, dads play a key role in the birth of their baby and are much more involved in purchasing all the new baby must-haves so we want to celebrate and support that.”
With their best line-up of speakers ever, and the likes of Stacey Solomon and Giovanna Fletcher bound to draw a crowd, The Baby Show team can’t wait to welcome everyone.
The Baby Show, with MadeForMums, will take place at Olympia London Friday 18th until Sunday 20th October 2019. For more information visit www.thebabyshow.co.uk/olympia.
The advanced ticket price is £14.70pp* for Friday and £15.70pp* on Saturday and Sunday, while on-the-door tickets cost £20pp.