Baby Expos!

Beginning in Spring of 2012, I have been obsessed with baby expos. I cannot get enough. I google everything I can think of to find them in my area, and in states close in proximity. I mean, it’s a little insane! But totally worth it!

My first baby expo was in May of 2012 at a hospital in my town. I stumbled across the add for it in a community magazine that is published by the hospital. I saw it, and knew that I had to be there. I called my best friend, and we went, this particular one was free – all you had to do was call and register, and holy moly we had a blast!

We met some vendors, and childcare professionals that gave us tons of information. Everything from keeping your baby in a play pen with no toys, to properly installing your carseat. I was in baby heaven, that was for sure. We took a tour through the labor and delivery suites and got to learn pretty much everything about this hospital’s family center. There were contests and gift bags, and a free lunch pass for the cafeteria. My best friend and I had a surprisingly amazing time. We were stoked to come home and go through our bags. I couldn’t wait for more!

That same year in the fall I went to my second baby expo, and had just as much fun of a time. This one was a paid ticket, and was full of seminars and goodies. Awesome! Although I was not pregnant – always planning, I went to every seminar and got a plethora of information. And more gift bag goodies! That was it, I was hooked.

The same thing happened the next year, and I went to both of those expos having an awesome time. This was when I discovered Big City Moms. What an awesome resource. Full of fun, great information, a great connection for moms out there who love connecting with other moms! I was hooked on their site and learning more about them. I had read that they have “The Biggest Baby Shower”, but didn’t think anything of it, because there was nothing around me. No big deal. Move on.

In February of 2014, I was on Big City Mom’s twitter and I saw those amazing words. “Biggest Baby Shower Washinginton DC This May!” WHAT?! NO WAY!! I HAVE TO BE THERE. I went right online, saw the tickets, and while vigorously texting my husband telling him that OMG BIGGEST BABY SHOWER IN MAY I AM GOING – I bought my ticket. I purchased the middle grade ticket, which included a Beco baby carrier. Along with tons of other goodies they had mentioned. They have three levels of tickets, the lowest which is a basic goodie bag, the middle a baby carrier with goodie bag, and the hightest, which is a stroller, baby carrier and goodie bag! WHAT! TAKE MY MONEY NOW. I couldn’t wait to go.

When the day came, I was ecstatic. Again, not pregnant, my husband and my friends knew how excited I was about this, and couldn’t wait to hear all about it. Boy, I did not know what I was in for. When I got there, there was this huge back drop where you could get your picture taken, like you were a movie star at an award dinner or something. Totally badass. Then you get this stamp, and a giant bingo card. You are told to fill out at least 20 +/- little spots, so that you can get your bingo prize when you leave. And they would give you your gift bag when you leave too. I thought, okay, that is nice of them to not make us carry the bag around, cool. Go in, start checking out all the vendors, totally falling in love with every stop I make. Eat finger foods. Drink mocktails. Listen to amazingly hilarious women talk about everything childbirth. I didn’t want to leave!

I met tons of people. Pregnant ladies, all the awesome vendors. I saw things that I didn’t even know existed, and really learned a lot. I was super impressed at the learning experience that going to one of these things was!

Once I got all of my samples, and stopped at EVERY, and I do mean every, single vendor in there, it was time to head out to go home. I go to the desk, show them my bingo ticket, not knowing what to expect, and they made me pick a little rubber ducky to see what prize I will get. Unsuspecting, I pull a 5, and get a BABY BATH. Yes, you read that correctly. A freaking BABY BATH. WHAT?! Hell yes! And then they brought out my goodie bag. Um, it was a SUITCASE worth of goods. I mean, seriously holy hell! The bag had to be doubled because it was so heavy from all the stuff crammed inside! And then my baby carrier! OH YEAH! I had forgot about that! After they helped me to my car, I rushed the hour home so I could go through all of my things.

This was the baby bath:



Here is the Beco baby carrier that I feel in love with:


And here is just a small image of everything inside this goodie bag:


I couldn’t believe it. I still can even after a year! It was packed full of the cutest, most ergonomic, thoughtful, smart gifts you could imagine! I was pretty much speechless. My husband couldn’t believe it either! Everything was amazing. I couldn’t wait to share this experience with everyone. I tell every mom to be to go. Find one, and go. It is worth every penny, and you will have an amazing time!

I have my own little room in my house that is pretty much devoted to the things that I collect from these baby expos, until I have a baby of my own, I am seriously stocked. Like, no kidding. And do not worry, I have already contacted Big City Moms, and there will be another DC Biggest Baby Shower this summer. But it cannot come soon enough. I CAN’T WAIT!

Do yourself a favor, and find some baby expos in your area. Go to them all. Especially the Biggest Baby Shower. You will probably become obsessed like me. Okay, maybe not quite.


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