Welcome to our blog, where you're able to read publications from our very own team working behind the scenes at The North East Baby & Toddler Show. You'll also find interesting articles written by guest bloggers, giving you the opportunity to read about experiences that mums face, top tips for everyday life and an introduction to baby essentials. 

 

Wednesday 12th March 2014

 Cloth Nappies - Stylish, Affordable and Maybe Not What You Think!

So what do you think when you hear the phrase "cloth nappies?" Unless you are familiar with them, I'm guessing you're thinking white squares of towelling, pins, smelly buckets and hours of wasting.

What if I could tell you that when I think cloth nappies, I think cute bottoms, a cleaner world and a sizeable saving of around £500 compared with disposables?

What If I could tell you that modern cloth nappies are shaped like a disposable, fasten with poppers or Velcro and don't need to be soaked; that they come in cute designs, are better for baby's bottom and are more likely to contain "poosplotions" that their paper and chemical counterparts?

Curious?

Modern cloth nappies come in different types and research on the internet may just blow your mind, but here is a brief overview:

All in ones - The easiest nappies to use. Everything you need is sewn together just like a disposable - pop in a liner to catch the poo, fasten the nappy and off you go. These tend to be the priciest of the cloth nappies.

Pocket Nappies - Similar to the all in ones, except you add the absorbant material to a pocket, so you can control how bulky they are. You still put in a liner and you still change the whole nappy everytime. Once you've got them stuffed how you like them, they are just as easy as all in ones.

Snap in Two Nappies - These bridge the gap between all in ones and the cheaper fitted nappies. You generally snap an absorbant pad into a waterproof cover. If the pad has contained all the soling, then you can just change the pad. As the waterproof bit of a nappy is the expensive part, the less often you are changing it, the cheaper your nappy system will be.

Fitted Nappies - The 2 part nappies that have a shaped absorbant bit and a waterproof cover, these tend to be more reliable and more affordable than the all in ones.

And yes, you can still get flat nappies and I can give you a hundred reasons why flat nappies rock! They are cheap, they dry quickly, they will fit a baby from tiny newborn to hulking toddler as they can be folded to fit. You can use them as a burp cloth, for a nappy free time, to dry a slide at the park or clean up spilled juice.

Modern nappies come in modern fabrics like bamboo viscose - deliciously soft and very absorbant, these can take a while to dry; microfibre - quick drying and soft too, and some are still cotton terry.

Come and see me at The North East Baby & Toddler Show to see cloth nappies up close and have a chat about how they can help you save the planet and your purse!

Aggie from Grow Up Green x

 

Tuesday 4th March 2014

Your Baby's First Pancake

Why not make your baby's first Shrove Tuesday a memorable one by creating deliciously tasting pancakes. And what's better than making the perfect pancake mix by Annabel Karmel.

(meatballcandy.com)

Prep: 5 minutes

Cooking time: 20 minutes

What you'll need:

  • 100g flour
  • A generous pinch of salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 300ml (10 fl oz) milk
  • 50g (2 oz) melted butter

Now to get started:

  1. Sift the flour and salt into a large bowl.
  2. Now create a well in the middle and add the eggs.
  3. Gently stir these together using a whisk.
  4. Gradually mix in the milk until smooth.
  5. Add the melted butter to a 15-18cm frying pan.
  6. Once this is hot, pour about 2 tablespoons of the mixture.
  7. To form a thin layer, quickly tilt the frying pan from side to side and cook for 1 minute.
  8. Flip the pancake over using a spatula (or throw it in the air if you're an expert) - then cook until slightly golden.
  9. Now, do this again and again until you're out of batter! 

All that's left is to enjoy these scrumptious looking pancakes and add the topping of your choice. Why not try syrup, blueberries, strawberries, bananas or even treat yourself to a bit of chocolate spread!

This recipe can make up to 12 pancakes and is suitable for babies over 9 months.

The North East Baby & Toddler Team x

 

Thursday 27th February 2014

Interning at The North East Baby & Toddler Show

I've been an intern at Independent Events for two months now, and I can honestly say that I'm throughly enjoying it. Moving up from Hertfordshire to work in Newcastle felt a little daunting, and not only did I have to get used to the geordie accent ("I diven even nar like"  -"I don't know...like"), I was alone in an unfamiliar (and very cold) city I'd never visited and I was without my precious dog.

And just to make an extra good impression on my first day, I turned up 30 minutes late after wondering around aimlessly whilst trying to follow directions on a piece of rumpled up paper - that soon changed after stumbling around Newcastle and Gateshead after crossing the river twice in the space of an hour (I've never been any good at geography).

Working on The North East Baby & Toddler Show has given me an insight into a lot of things I never knew existed, such as:

 Yes, heeled shoes for your baby. I was speechless when I came across these.

 

 

It's not just these "heelariously" haunting shoes that give me the shivers, I'm slightly concerned with the amount of knowledge I, a child-less woman, has about buggies and nappies. 

I find myself walking past mothers with prams and taking an extra long look to get a glimpse of what brand they've chosen, only to say to myself "ooh that's expensive."

And I now wonder if every parent I pass knows about the event - maybe I should keep some leaflets handy?

I've even dreamt about work - that's surely a sign that I'm working too hard, right?

 Not only am I so glad to be working on this great event which will be a fantastic day to the whole family (I thought I'd drop a promotional line in somewhere), I also know more about the range of baby products available than most of my friends who have kids.

 Since we're on the topic of The North East Baby & Toddler Show, here's a quick video that never fails to make me laugh:

 

 

So, if you call our office and I happen to pick up the phone, be nice to me...I'm only a newbie.

Junique x