I’ve wanted to write this post for a while but it kept slipping my mind! Oops, naughty me. Being a first time mom, I went through the stage of visiting every expo that came to town. I felt like I needed to be there because that’s the only place where I would get all things baby in one place. Well… that was true but what happened was even more confusing! I visited on different days (weekday and weekend) and you would think on a thursday the baby city stand would be quiet but no, there was a looooong line of parents with trolleys of nappies waiting to pay. I understand we all want to buy nappies when it’s on sale but is it worth it for a 7 month pregnant mom to stand in a line for an hour to buy 3 bags of nappies?
Many of us think expos are SALES and unfortunately that isn’t really true, yes you do get many items at a cheaper price but there’s a few which actually stay the same. Baby expo’s are brilliant for brands, it’s the first place a pregnant woman would think of going when she’s preparing for her first-born but is it the place to shop? YES and NO.
1. When you’re pregnant or have a toddler running around with you among 3000 other parents, it can become quite frustrating.
2. You’re only at aisle 3 and already tired with sore feet.
3. Information overload and every product is the ‘best’.
4. The line for nappies is extremely long but you choose to stand in it just to save R100 (assuming amount).
Don’t get me wrong, I don’t hate baby expos but I don’t love them either.
I was totally confused when I went to my first one, every sales person gave me a valid reason on why I needed to buy their product but did I really need it? They were doing their job, it was for me to think if I really needed it but I was confused. How can I not trust a professional? How would I know what I needed? Each family is different and we all have different parenting styles, many of us don’t use the same brands or products on our kids. I think we forget what’s important to purchase and we buy what we ‘think’ we need.
A baby expo is a great place to be introduced to new brands, I connected with many brands I never knew existed however there’s so many brands selling similar products, it becomes very difficult when choosing.
What I’ve learnt from visiting a gazillion expos:
Before you visit, make sure you’ve done your research and made a list. I suggest making 2 lists.
Yes, even with babies there are luxury products. Go with a budget in mind and an amount you can exceed.
1. Make a list.
Decided what’s important to get at the expo and visit those stands first.
It’s important you have a little background info about the brands that will be exhibiting at the expo. A great way to learn about them is visiting their websites and social media pages.
3. Read Reviews
See what other moms are saying about these products. Get advice from those who already used the brand.
You need to ask yourself a dozen questions.
Is it going to work for your parenting style?
Is it a need or want?
Is it worth the price?
Can I get it for the same price or cheaper somewhere else?
I’ve learnt to use baby expo’s as an educational environment, I visit to learn about different and new brands. This is the best place to speak to directly to the brand! Go there with a page filled with questions if you have too because they will answer them. Use the opportunity to test, feel and try the product. Many of us see something online and think it’s what we need but when it arrives, it’s not exactly what we wanted.
At the expo you can learn about how 1 product, (example a crib) has so many brands associated with it and at different price ranges. I visited 3 baby expos before I bought my essentials for Kitana and I still ended up buying things I regret because I never researched.
Moms, expos give you an opportunity to connect with the brands. Become a reviewer for the day and decide what fits in your budget. Remember, you don’t need to buy something because it’s on ‘sale’….Some ‘sale’ items can be a waste of money.