New and expectant parents looking for real stories, practical and expert advice on how to make the most of those first 12 months of parenthood, need to visit The Baby Show with MadeForMums, this weekend (1st – 3rd March) at the ExCeL London.
Promising a phenomenal line-up of speakers including Rochelle Humes, Iwan Thomas, Annabel Karmel and Madeleine Shaw, the show is a must-attend event for anyone shopping for their new arrival.
There will also be experts from the world of breastfeeding, birth, sleep, weaning and language development that visitors can either listen to as they speak on stage or face to face in the One-to-One with the expert area.
The line up includes…
Rochelle Humes – TV Presenter, Singer & Author
Rochelle Humes is one of the UK’s best-loved TV Presenters. The former singer catapulted to fame in The Saturdays and recently covered for Holly Willoughby on This Morning. She is a regular on Lorraine and has her own radio show on Heart FM and on ITV1 called Back to Mine. Married to fellow presenter and musician, Marvin Humes, Rochelle is a mother of two daughters aged one and five, and her debut children’s book The Mega Magic Hair Swap!
Rochelle will be sharing her parenting journey on stage at 12pm Saturday 2nd March for a Q&A.
Iwan Thomas – TV Presenter & Athlete
Iwan Thomas is best known as an Olympic Runner, TV Presenter and Pundit. He is a former European and Commonwealth champion and remains the British record holder in the 400m. Since hanging up his spikes, Iwan has become a TV personality working on the Olympics, Paralympics, The One Show and Celebrity Island with Bear Grylls. He appears regularly as a pundit at sporting events. Iwan’s notable TV appearances include being a finalist on Celebrity Masterchef and being a contestant on Strictly Come Dancing. Iwan is a keen charity supporter, which usually involves taking on a challenge, including running the London Marathon eight times for Macmillan Cancer and take part in the gruelling Tough Mudder event, as well as various Triathlons.
Iwan and his partner had a beautiful baby boy on 29th December called Teddy Thomas.
Iwan Thomas will be on stage talking about Becoming a Dad: Expectation vs. Reality alongside Gregory Stanton and Anna Machin on Sunday 3rd March at 12pm.
Gregory Stanton, The London Dad
Greg became a father back in 2014 and his daughter, Etta, completely turned his world upside down. His new priorities were playing, getting messy and changing nappies and his career in finance just didn’t support that, so Greg decided to walk away and become a full-time dad. Four years later, Greg has a following on Instagram and a popular blog: The London Dad, where he talks about the ups, the downs and the round-and-rounds of parenting Etta, Ezra and the newest addition to the Stanton household due on 19th March.
Gregory Stanton will be on stage talking about Becoming a Dad: Expectation vs Reality alongside Iwan Thomas and Anna Machin on Sunday 3rd March at 12pm.
Will Dooley, Obstetrician and Co-Founder of Happy Parents. Happy Baby
Dr. Will is passionate about all things babies. He is an Obstetrics and Gynaecology doctor and co-founder of Happy Parents. Happy Baby. Sociable antenatal classes.
When he’s not helping to deliver other people’s babies, he is kept busy by his own 18-month old daughter, Luna. He says: “Obstetricians aren’t in many people’s birth plans, but we are called to more than half of deliveries. I don’t want parents to be phased by this, I want them to have a positive birth experience, whatever type of birth they have.” The Happy Parents. Happy Baby. Antenatal courses are run in East London and Essex by Will and his expert team including a midwife, paediatrician, GP, hypnobirthing teacher, infant feeding specialist and psychotherapist. The series of workshops will build your confidence for the final stages of pregnancy, birth and parenting.
Will is on stage Sunday 3rd March at 2:45pm, discussing How To Prepare For The Unexpected: Your Guide to Induction, Instrumental & Caesarean deliveries.
Madeleine Shaw, Nutritional Therapist & Best-Selling Cookery Writer
Madeleine Shaw is a leading voice on the wellness scene. She is a Nutritional Therapist, best-selling cookery writer, qualified yoga instructor and ambassador for Origins UK. Over the last five years, she has transformed a simple food blog into a wellness community, with over 700k fans across multiple media platforms.
Now an established voice on the UK wellness scene, Madeleine posts inspiring content across her channels, helping her fans to ‘Get the Glow’ by taking a balanced and holistic approach to their health. Her delicious, fail-safe, recipes, combined with her nutritional knowledge and tips on both fitness and mindful practices, have meant she has become a go-to resource for hundreds of thousands of fans – in the UK and beyond. Her third book, ‘A Year of Beautiful Eating’ (Orion Books), is out now, and her new skincare product, in collaboration with Origins UK and inspired by her favourite ingredient (the coconut!), launched this year. Glow-Co-Nuts is a limited-edition hydrating coconut moisture mask that gives your skin the ultimate glow! Madeleine is also an Ambassador for Sky’s Ocean Rescue Campaign.
Madeleine will be on stage with Tom Redwood, discussing Fussy Eating & the Flavour Window: Weaning Made Easy, at 12pm Friday 1st March.
Tom Redwood, Chef and Founder of Babease
Tom is Chef and Founder at Babease. After years travelling the world as a private chef, Tom founded Babease in 2016 to debunk the myth that baby food must be bland and to nurture a new generation of future foodies. Tom puts years of chef-ing into each pouch, to introduce your little one to new flavours, and teach them to love healthy veggies while they’re at their most receptive.
To Tom, food is exciting, and there is no reason why baby food shouldn’t be either! Join Tom Redwood and Madeline Shaw to learn about the weaning journey, and how the first foods we eat shape our eating habits for life. Weaning doesn’t have to be stressful – hear from Tom and Madeleine about their own weaning experiences, as well as tips on being brave and adventurous with what we feed our little ones.
Tom will be speaking on stage alongside Madeleine Shaw, discussing Fussy Eating & the Flavour Window: Weaning Made Easy at 12pm Friday 1st March.
Anna Machin, Academic, Writer and Broadcaster
Dr. Anna Machin is an academic, writer and broadcaster whose job is to answer the question “What is Love?”. She is world renowned for her work exploring the science behind fatherhood and the mechanisms that underpin human love; between lovers, family and friends.
In 2018 she published the popular parenting book, The Life of Dad (Simon & Schuster), which explores the biology, psychology and reality of being a dad from pre-birth to parenting teenagers. She is passionate about sharing what we now know about being a father from the hormone and brain changes that help men become instinctive parents to the critical role dads have to play in their children’s development, whatever type of dad they are. She works closely with a number of organisations, including the NCT, to support and educate new parents and has a particular interest in male perinatal mental health and supporting the parents’ relationship as they undertake the exciting but often bumpy road to parenthood.
Anna Machin will be on stage providing her expert advice on the Reality of Becoming a Dad: Expectation vs. Reality alongside Iwan Thomas and Gregory Stanton on Sunday 3rd March at 12pm.
Alexandra Kremer, Fertility, Birth and Parenting Coach
Alexandra Kremer is a fertility, birth and parenting coach. She realised during her own experiences of pregnancy, birth and parenting that the need for caring, sensitive, knowledgeable and evidence-based support during this time is becoming more and more apparent. She sees every families journey as their own and aims to empower parents, allowing them to take back control and build respectful and empathetic relationships with their children. As well as a mum of two, she has co-created Birth Calm with CalmFamily CIC. She has trained under The Wise Hippo, The Calm Birth School, Slingababy, Birth Trauma Resolution, Freedom Fertility Formula, Yoga London and CalmFamily.
Alexandra will be available for personal consultation within the One-to-One with the Experts Area from 4-5pm on each day of the show.
Sarah Norris, Maternity Nurse & Baby Care Consultant
With 25 years’ experience, Sarah Norris is one of the top Maternity Nurses and Baby Care Consultants in the UK and is the author of parenting book ‘The Baby Detective’.
In her role as The Baby Detective, Sarah employs her unique investigative approach, based on clear thinking, common sense and compassion, to empower and encourage new parents, and to help guide and support them through the confusion that is modern-day parenting. Sarah is passionate about her work and is dedicated to providing advice that is non-judgemental and unbiased, is equally supportive of all parenting and feeding methods, and is always respectful of the parent’s choice. “I see my job as making myself totally dispensable by the time I leave, I’m not there to rescue parents…I’m there to guide and empower them.”
Sarah will be on stage talking about Sleep Optimisation at 1:15pm on Sunday 3rd of March, as well as being available for personal consultation within the One-to-One with the Experts Area at 3-4pm each day.
Clare Byam-Cook, Breastfeeding Specialist
As recently seen on This Morning’s first live breast-feeding clinic, Clare Baym-Cook is a qualified nurse and former midwife to one of the UK’s leading breastfeeding experts. A specialist on breastfeeding since 1989, Clare runs her own private consultations and has been called upon by a host of big names to help solve feeding issues including Kate Winslet, Izzy Judd, Kate Beckinsale, Gabby Logan, Vanessa Feltz, Trinny Woodall, Geri (Halliwell) Horner, Ayda Field and Helena Bonham Carter.
Clare’s common-sense approach to breastfeeding and wealth of experience has made her the leading expert in the field.
Clare will be discussing on stage Breastfeeding; How It Works and What to Do if it Goes Wrong at 12:45pm on Friday 1st and Saturday 2nd March.
Andrea Grace, Sleep Expert
Andrea Grace is one of the UK’s leading child sleep experts, author of Andrea Grace’s Gentle Sleep Solutions and a member of The British Sleep Society. A qualified and registered health visitor, nurse and mental health nurse as well as being a mother herself, Andrea has worked in the field of child health for 25 years helping many hundreds of families to overcome their children’s sleep problems.
Andrea will be available for personal consultation within the One-to-One with the Experts Area at 11am-1pm on Saturday 2nd March and will be on stage discussing Baby Sleep and How to Survive the Early Weeks at 1:45pm Saturday 2nd March.
Milli Hill, Founder of The Positive Birth Movement & Author of The Positive Birth Book
Birth expert, Milli Hill is a writer and founder of The Positive Birth Movement (PBM), a global network of free, antenatal groups with the aim of improving childbirth and giving women better access to support and information.
She is on a mission to let all expectant parents know that birth does not need to be terrifying! Instead, through her book The Positive Birth Book: A New Approach to Pregnancy, Birth and The Early Weeks, which immediately became an Amazon bestseller, she wants new parents to discover that birth can be a hugely positive experience that they can remember fondly as their little one grows. She uses social media to challenge attitudes around pregnancy and birth as is the brains behind leading campaigns such as #SoProud and #BirthJustHappened.
Milli will be speaking about How to Approach Birth with Positivity and Confidence at 1:15pm on Friday 1st March and 1:15pm on Saturday 2nd March
Annabel Karmel MBE, author and baby nutrition expert
With a career spanning more than 25 years, Annabel Karmel has become a best-selling international author, no.1 food expert and global parenting influencer, pioneering the way families all over the world feed their babies and children.
Since launching with her revolutionary cookbook for babies in 1991 – a feeding ‘bible’ which has become the second best-selling non-fiction hardback of all time – Annabel has grown to be a powerhouse within the food industry with over six million books sold worldwide.
In 2006, Annabel received an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours for her outstanding work in the field of child nutrition, and she has since become recognised as one of the UK’s leading female entrepreneurs. From the launch of the birth to your baby’s first birthday party, record and cherish all the wonderful moments in your baby’s first year with Annabel Karmel’s Baby’s First Year Journal. Whether it’s for your own little bundle or a gift for mum-to-be, this beautiful baby journal will ensure all those special milestones and important new moments are captured in one place.
Annabel will be taking to The Live Stage on Saturday 2nd March and Sunday 3rd March at 2:15pm discussing her Essential Guide to Weaning your Baby.
Dr. Robert Titzer, Infant Researcher & Founder of Your Baby Can Learn
Dr. Robert Titzer is a world-renowned infant researcher who has developed a fascinating method of teaching babies written language at the same time they are naturally learning to say and understand words. His Your Baby Can Learn series has been used by more than one million families around the world to help babies, toddlers, and pre-schoolers learn.
Dr. Titzer will motivate parents to help their babies learn languages during the first two years of life when about 75% of the mass of the brain is forming. His Your Baby Can Learn series has been used by more than one million families around the world to help babies, toddlers, and pre-schoolers learn.
Dr Robert Titzer will be speaking on Friday 1st at 2:15pm, Saturday 2nd at 3:15pm and Sunday 3rd of March at 12:45pm on How to Teach Babies Language Skills.
Vanessa Christie, Lactation Consultant, Health Visitor, Children’s Nurse and Infant Massage Instructor
Vanessa Christie is one of the UK’s most highly regarded Lactation Consultants and early parenting specialists. She has worked with many thousands of families over the past 20 years in neonatal care, acute paediatrics, community health and with the aid agency, Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF). She has also previously been the Breastfeeding Lead for a London NHS Trust. She now runs a busy private practice, writes for parenting magazines and blogs and is a mother to two daughters. Vanessa will take to the Live Stage with MadeForMums with her renowned honest and non-judgemental approach to help as many mums as possible succeed in their own personal breastfeeding goals.
Vanessa will be sharing her Essential Tips for Thriving as a Breastfeeding Mum on stage at 1:45pm on Sunday 3rd and will be available for personal consultation within the One-to-One with the Experts Area 11am-1pm on Sunday 3rd March.
Lucy Shrimpton, The Sleep Nanny®
Lucy Shrimpton AKA The Sleep Nanny® is a world-renowned child sleep expert who has helped to put an end to sleepless nights for parents and children all around the world. She is an author, speaker, trainer and mother of two who knows first-hand what it is like to feel extreme sleep deprivation and face challenges with infant sleep. Combining insights from the psychology and science of sleep, Lucy has developed The Sleep Nanny system – a unique approach that enables parents to find a bespoke approach that suits their own circumstances.
Lucy will be available for personal consultation within the One-to-One with the Experts Area from 11am-1pm on Friday 2nd March and on stage at 1:45pm discussing How To Get The Best From Your Baby’s Sleep.
Dr. Brooke Vandermolen, Practicing Obstetrician
Dr. Brooke Vandermolen is a practicing obstetrician, who has worked and trained in a variety of London NHS maternity units. She is experienced at dealing with all aspects of pregnancy, including assisting complicated deliveries and providing antenatal and postnatal care.
Brooke is highly motivated and aims to empower women through imparting knowledge and simplifying common issues. She shares insights and tips around pregnancy, gynaecology and birth through her social media accounts and blog posts. Brooke also teaches antenatal courses in London where she interacts with parents-to-be and demystifies the scary world of the labour ward and shares ideas for how they can take charge of their own experience and share decision-making. Recently she became a new mum herself, where she began to see the view from the other side of the desk. She realised her passion for supporting women and their partners as they navigate this new journey of labour, early parenthood and feeding.
Brooke will be available to do personal consultations within the One-to-One with the Experts Area on Friday 1st March from 1-3pm.
The Baby Show, with MadeForMums returns to the ExCeL London Friday 1st – Sunday 3rd March. The advanced ticket price is £14.70pp* on Friday and £15.70pp* for either the Saturday or Sunday, while on-the-door tickets cost £20pp.
The Show features over 200 exhibitors offering an unrivalled choice of top baby brands and products – all under one roof. There will also be innovative product launches and boutique, not-on-the-high-street brands.
Take advantage of one-to-one specialist advice, hundreds of discounts, plus the opportunity to try before you buy. It really is a must-attend event for those shopping for their new arrival – especially for first-time parents!
For more information visit www.thebabyshow.co.uk/excel
Opening times: Friday 1st – Sunday 3rd March: 9.30am – 5.30pm