Salma attends one of our free in store expectant parent events
By Salma Nuur
When you find out the exciting news that – yay – you’re pregnant, knowing where to start can be tricky. That’s why we created our free Parent to Be events, in-store events where newly expectant parents can get to grips with everything, enjoy free expert advice and meet other like-minded parents-to-be. We sent our Parent Approved Panellist Salma along to see what she made of it…
It’s time to get ready for your baby’s arrival, but where do you start?
The free Mamas and Papas Parent To Be events are a great place to begin. Why? You will learn about parenting topics from experts and get ideas on what baby essentials you may need.
Upon arrival at the store, the staff welcomed us with goodie bags and we were made to feel comfortable with complimentary refreshments throughout the event. We attended on a Sunday and it was really lovely having the store exclusively available to the customers attending the event. This gave us the opportunity to have a closer look at the available products without the crowds.
For me personally, I had a few products in mind that I wanted to look at. I find that there’s nothing better than seeing the products for yourself before making that all important decision of what actually meets your needs and ultimately, what you want to purchase. I went prepared with a list and a note pad. If you are unsure of what you need, this is a great opportunity to get ideas on what you should consider for your baby shopping list.
I learnt so much on the day despite this being my third pregnancy - my youngest is coming up to five years of age and I feel like so much has changed since, in terms of products that are now available. One key learning for me was taken away from the car seat demonstration, with ever changing regulations – this is an area of expertise where you really need to soak up the knowledge from the experts so that you feel equipped and reassured that you’re travelling safely with baby. Likewise, the baby first aid session was very useful and informative. In general, all the experts were great - answering any questions we had. They were engaging and I left feeling like I had gained something from each talk.
During the nursery talk I discovered that when making the decision to buy a cot that converts to a toddler bed, then you need to take this into account when buying the mattress that will go with it, as not all mattresses will be suitable. This is something that had never occurred to me. When browsing their ranges, we noticed that Mamas & Papas products really are made to last, with great attention to detail.
As well as being shown the various product categories, we were made aware of all the offers and buying options available to us as parent to be guests. Not only did this save precious time – it made me realise that Mamas & Papas stores truly are a one stop shop for parents to be. With a huge range of their own products and a wide range of brands on offer - you can get almost any product you can think of, for the arrival of your baby and beyond.
I would absolutely recommend the event to all expecting parents. As this is my third pregnancy, I was not sure how much I was going to gain from attending. I was pleasantly surprised by the wealth of information and advice given on the day and thoroughly enjoyed it. I think the Mamas and Papas team are doing an amazing job, delivering the events at no cost to parents and with no obligation to buy.
You can check out when your next closest event is taking place on their website and book a space here.