Brisbane Pregnancy Babies and Childrens Expo

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Congratulations Rachel Wilson on winning the Jack and Jill Prize Pack.

On Friday 20th June, Dorel Australia invited some bloggers to an exclusive breakfast to kick off this year’s Brisbane Pregnancy Babies and Childrens Expo at the Brisbane Convention Centre. Dorel’s brands include Safety 1st, Maxi-Cosi, Quinny and Mother’s Choice. It was a chance to be shown the latest products from these brands and I was impressed with the style and function of their latest offerings which I look forward to reviewing and offering some giveaways later this year.

Not knowing what the traffic would be like heading into South Brisbane, I left home early to drop off the girls to my mum’s and ended up arriving 45 minutes early! I decided to head into the foyer of the Brisbane Convention Centre where there was a lounge that I could sit down and catch up on some emails. I had only been sitting down for 10 minutes when I heard my name called out from the foyer and it was the lovely Rachel from Blog Power Events who writes at Redcliffe Style. She’d arrived early too.  Even though we knew our way around Brisbane, we still ended up walking the long way to where all the bloggers were meeting for the breakfast!

 

My pass into the expo
My pass into the expo

After the breakfast, we were given passes into the expo where there was a line of mums and bubs waiting to get in. Before we entered the expo, I was asked to get my photo taken because they had an area where you could hold up a table tennis paddle that had different numbers on them relating to how many weeks pregnant you were. (Thanks Rachel for this awesome shot) After I placed my 36 week paddle down, another girl went to get her photo taken and she requested the 38 week one and honestly her bump looked way smaller than mine to which I kindly told her how great she looked at 38 weeks and her mum looked at my bump and asked me ‘well what have you been eating??’ Ha!

 

Holding my 36 week paddle with pride.
Holding my 36 week paddle with pride.

Dorel got the best place in the expo and they weren’t hard to miss because they were in the first aisle that you walked into when entering the expo. We got to see the new Safety 1st Stripe range of prams & strollers and the Quinny Yezz Stroller which hands down beats my cheap Target stroller that I curse at every time I have to wrangle it open.

 

LOVE this stroller. Was wishing some one could push me around in one at the expo!
LOVE this Quinny Yezz stroller. Was wishing some one could push me around in one at the expo!

It was great to be able to see the range of baby gear that is on offer at the expo. There are so many fantastic products that have been turned into business’s to help make parenting a baby so much easier. Below is a picture of Kirsten from Kirsten & Co, myself and Jasmine from Pretty Chuffed at the Safety 1st display. I got to trail the aisles with Kirsten for an hour (you can read her review here) and we were drawn to similar displays.

 

Kirsten, myself and Jasmine
Kirsten, myself and Jasmine

We especially liked the Jack n Jill display and we were able to talk to the owner Rachel about her products. I was drawn to the toothpaste flavours and toothbrushes because I find it a chore getting the girls to brush their teeth in the morning. I usually would give a very tiny smear of toothpaste on my girl’s toothbrushes to brush their teeth, but it gets swallowed more than spat out. This is where Jack n Jill products differ because they come in organic fruity flavours and are able to be swallowed. I was equally impressed with the different stage toothbrushes on offer from baby to toddler. Jack n Jill products are available online and in health food stores around Australia. Rachel kindly offered us a pack of goodies to giveaway on our blogs. If you would like to win everything shown in the picture which includes a pack of silicone finger brushes for babies 6-18 months, 1 silicone tooth and gum brush, two tubes of natural toothpaste in certified organic flavours blackcurrant and raspberry, a sleep over bag and a magnet (RRP $33.50) just leave a comment below. The giveaway closes next Tuesday 8th July 6pm Brisbane time.

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After seeing most of what was on offer, I went back to the Quinny Display because there were going to be giveaways which I had entered but I was more interested in seeing Quinny Brand Ambassador Rebecca Judd. I got to talk to her for a few minutes before she had to go. You can check out Rebecca’s blog here.

 

Meeting Bec Judd
Meeting Rebecca Judd

I had a great time exploring the expo, but my feet were killing me afterwards and resembled those of  Michelin man. Thank you to Dorel for inviting me along to the breakfast, expo and the generous supply of Safety 1st goodies.

Have you ever been to the Pregnancy, Babies and Children Expo? Are there any baby products you’ve been impressed with? I’m linking up with Essentially Jess for I blog on Tuesdays.