Remember the miserable cold January and February when we were all stuck inside keeping out of the cold? Well, it seems the snow at the start of the year encouraged intimate nights in as couples battened down the hatches and got busy under the duvet.
As a result of this midwives are expecting up to a 20 per cent increase in Autumn deliveries and organisers of this month’s Swindon Baby Show at Steam Museum on 15 and 16 October, 10am to 4pm, say the event is perfectly timed for all these new arrivals.
The show will be the best ever; offering advice about every aspect of maternity, the benefits of real nappies, breastfeeding and information on different birthing options.
As well as advice there’ll be stalls with clothes, accessories, gifts, books, pushchairs, swimming class and early years’ activity classes information, plus new and used baby equipment. On stage there will be entertainment for babies and parents, and the café will be open.
The show will also focus on green issues and will raise awareness for the Wiltshire Wildlife Trust’s Real Nappy Campaign.
Gary Lamont the Trust’s nappy expert said, “real nappies can give you huge rewards – notably, a saving of up to £1,200 per child from birth to potty stage. Using them helps save the planet as well because disposables go into land fill sites where they release tonnes of dangerous methane gas. Also babies in real nappies are toilet trained six months earlier on average.”
The baby show is sponsored by award winning portrait photographer Tobias Robins, based in Old Town, who took the picture on the left. He said, “Smaller Swindon businesses benefit from an event like this; they offer great products and personal service. It’s not always obvious that there are alternative outlets to the big ‘one size fits all’ retailers. “
Entry is good value at only £1 for adults with all children free, and includes museum admission.