Bumpfest’15

Yesterday I had the pleasure of attending the Mumsnet event ‘BumpFest‘, held at London’s BAFTA. The event is a celebration of pregnancy aimed at mums-to-be, providing hands-on demos, expert advice and information on birth and beyond – all under one roof. The venue was the very impressive BAFTA, which set the tone for a professional and informative day. The day started well for me after travelling in-style from Bristol a la National Express, to be greeted with coffee, warm cookies and fruit smoothies before the first lecture. The opening panel set out to do some myth-busting looking at five common things said about birth and babies that are in fact not true. This was a really interesting session and it was great to hear different opinions from the panel of experts. There was an opportunity for the audience to ask questions and share their own opinions.

I then went on to explore what else was on offer at Bumpfest and found myself in the pamper zone. I had a really lovely and relaxing reflexology hand and arm massage by Elemis, the product was luxurious and smelt amazing – it felt like a real treat. I also had a manicure by Le Salon and enjoyed this indulgence as well as the opportunity for adult conversation! There was a great chilled out atmosphere and it was a brilliant added extra to the day – just what I needed.

The next talk I attended was my favourite of the day – “You Help to Build Your Baby’s Brain” by Dr Penelope Leach. She explained how in the early years, brain development is stimulated by the loving relationship developed between you and your child, and how to encourage neural development by maximising the bond you share with your baby. Everything she said resonated with me and was backed up with research and scientific fact, and it gave me the opportunity to consider my parenting style and the benefits of being highly reactive to your child. It made me feel privileged to be a Stay-at-Home mum and have so much time with my son, and also to consider the way in which we will continue parenting when the new baby is born. I found the session really informative and relevant – it was the highlight of the day for me.

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I also enjoyed exploring the demo area and had a great chat with Rockin’ Baby about their beautiful ring-slings. I absolutely love babywearing and although I have a stretchy wrap for our newborn, I was really tempted by these! They were really easy to put on and looked very comfortable and practical. The demonstrator, Kit – all the way from Washington, DC, was so passionate and knowledgeable – it was great to get to talk to her and ask her lots of questions. She had lovely stories about carrying her children and her experiences that often she was surrounded by big groups of mums-to-be who were captivated by her. In the demo area there was also Mamas & Papas exhibiting their new Liberty Collection which was absolutely beautiful – there was a competition to win the gorgeous Liberty pram which of course I had to enter! I love the print and design and think it is really different to what is currently on the market – it’s a great collaboration. There was also lots of goodies being handed out by Bumpfest sponsor ASDA, who had samples from the Little Angels range, including nappies, wipes, bath products and snacks. They also gave away samples of their NSpa range, a collection of beauty and pamper products for pregnant women. You can’t beat a goody bag!

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The event was also sponsored by Innocent smoothies and they were available all day along with tea, coffee and delicious food. They sure know how to keep a pregnant lady happy! I enjoyed having some quiet time and snacks inbetween talks and treatments.

Another highlight of my day was meeting Kerry from www.allaboutamininorris.com – we had been tweeting for a while as we are in similar circumstances being pregnant bloggers with a toddler, so it was great to get to chat in person. Not to mention meeting her gorgeous little girl who was so well behaved! I also got to meet Sarah Beeson and daughter Amy after talking with them on Twitter, and we had a great chat. Sarah is a very gentle and knowledgeable lady and gave a humorous yet informative talk on Breastfeeding.

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All in all I had a brilliant day at Bumpfest – from the pampering to the goodies, but also it was nice having a bit of time to myself to think about my pregnancy and well-being. It was fun going to London for the day and I even got to catch up with some friends after the event. I think the event is primarily aimed at first time mothers, although I still got a lot out of the talks and lectures. It is always good to hear about other people’s experiences and you can take away what you want from the information given. Thanks Mumsnet for a brilliant day!

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Did you go to Bumpfest’15? Let me know what you thought about it in the comments below! x

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