So, the big MamaMagic Jo’Burg show has come and gone, hundreds of boxes of nappies and wet wipes have been taken home and toddlers have been put down for naps and many, many pairs of pregnant feet have been rested high to reduce the swelling from all that walking!
This year I WAS NOT PREGNANT, lol, and it was great! Mostly! Having a almost 7 month old who wanted to see everything and ended up 2 hours past sleep time was...um...challenging. Thank goodness for my ring sling which won the sleep battle. That said, it was so nice to not have to pee every 30 mins, not having swollen feet and not needing to sit more than I walked lol. What was also great was not feeling overwhelmed about what we needed pre baby and did we need to buy 10 boxes of nappies lol. Being “old” hands now made it so much more relaxed.
Things that MamaMagic get right is having more than 1 feeding room, having nappy changing rooms sponsered by the providers, not making the expo super bright and keeping it fairly cool. All wins when you either pregnant or have a baby with you. I even got to have a quick massage at the Vicks stand, which was amazing.
What they didn't have was the giant toy shop which they had last year. We had been looking forward to getting some educational toys and were very sad that it wasn’t there. What also was missing from a media standpoint was WIFI. That was great previously to be able to Instagram favorite products immediately.
A product at the show that I didn't buy, but that I was using from near the end of my pregnancy until Charlotte was 4 months old, was Similac Mom. I cannot stress how wonderful this product is, providing an immunity boost for Mom and baby. It is WELL worth adding to your shopping list and worth every penny spent. I took it on top of my normal daily multivitamin and it definitely made a huge difference to my and my baby's health. You can purchase it at Clicks, Dischem and Baby City. (not sure about where else) This is the product that I seriously think every Mom to be, and new Mom, should be taking.
What I bought:
So the danger at this type of show, is that you “need” everything, but I managed to hold myself in check and only bought a few needed items:
This nifty strapping system with snaps can be attached to pretty much anything you don’t want your kid to lose. As someone who has been attaching her toys to a dog lead when we go out so nothing goes missing in Pick n Pay, this is GREAT. You get 3 short straps and one silicone band (for around the bottle for example) the straps can be interlinked or made into one long strap. Applications are up to you. So far, we haven’t lost anything attached to it.
The Magic Mat is a silicone bowl and mat combined that suctions to your table. If you grab the bowl part and pull, it suctions and in theory...no spillage. I’m really enjoying this bowl as my daughter makes more than enough mess eating with her hands, without chucking a bowl around too! I love that I can toss it in the microwave as well as the dishwasher or hand wash it. Quick, easy and convenient!
So, I’m tired. I have a 7 month old and I am always tired. Being a new mom you kind of assume that tiredness comes with the position. When the ladies at the Spatone stand said to try their sachet in a bottle of water and if I could taste the iron I was deficient, I thought, ya, ok. Well, it was REVOLTING. Tasted like I was drinking water from a rusty pipe.
What surprised me was that my husband said he could sort of taste it but mostly his bottle just tasted like water. Now a week in to taking the supplement and my water is tasting pretty much ....like water. I am also more alert and not as deathly exhausted.
Unlike conventional iron tablets, Spatone liquid iron supplement has been scientifically shown to help prevent iron deficiency (even during pregnancy, a time where iron requirements almost triple!) whilst causing fewer of the unpleasant side effects associated with iron supplementation.
We also topped up on Bach Rescue Remedy, buying the Rescue night spray and the Rescue lozenges. The orange flavor lozenges are great in my handbag and easy to pop one in my mouth if I feel stressed. I do struggle with falling back asleep after getting up in the night to do a feed, and I find 2 sprays on my tongue of the night spray has done wonders to change that. It just calms the mind and body and zzzzzzzzzzzzz.
Other products I really liked:
So I found this very cool pillow by Little Huntling. Basically you slip your arm into it and hold baby to feed, then, when you finished feeding and have a sleeping baby in your arms, you just slide baby off into his or her crib without the sweat making your baby stick to you and thus waking up. In general it looks like a pretty cool little pillow that babies and toddlers will enjoy.
Denise Vizcarra has a stall called So Blessed, that I didn’t dare take out my credit card. EVERYTHING was stunning, and everything comes with a headband..........cuteness OVERLOAD! (obviously not the boys rompers!) Beautifully finished and just too cute for words. Go check out her facebook page and website.
WoolVreign do the most stunning lambskins which are just too die for. They keep baby cool when its hot and warm when it’s cold and are just the softest thing to sleep on They not cheap but they do look and feel amazing
So that was MamaMagic Jo'Burg. We were tired but super glad we went. It is always a show that is well put together and super informative to go to. I cannot wait for the next one when we have upgraded to toddler status! Thank you MamaMagic and Exposure Marketing, and see you at the next show.
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