Taking those first steps as a new parent can be a minefield as you try to work out what you do and don’t need.

Help is at hand when The Baby Show , the UK’s biggest event for new and expectant mums and dads returns to Excel.

More than 200 exhibitors will be showcasing their products and innovations in Royal Docks from Friday, March 3-5. Entry costs £13.50-£13.95 on the door but use code WHARF to get 30% off when booking online.

In the meantime, here are some of the expert speakers to share their favourite baby gadgets and explain why they are a must-have for Canary Wharf parents.


Giovanna Fletcher

Best-selling author Giovanna Fletcher will be signing her new parenting book, Happy Mum, Happy Baby at the show.

She said: “I couldn’t have done without my Medela freestyle double breast pump."

Available for click and collect from John Lewis and Waitrose in Canada Place or online at medela.co.uk – RRP £329.99

Medela freestyle double breast pump

"I’m also a big fan of the Brother Max bath thermometer. I was always nervous I’d scald the boys when they were babies so this gave me peace of mind (and I never really understood the testing the water with your elbow method.”

Available from Boots, Tesco, for click and collect from John Lewis and Waitrose in Canada Place or online at brothermax.com – RRP £14.99

Brother Max bath thermometer


Annabel Karmel

Children’s cookery author Annabel Karmel recommends the NUK food cube tray.

She said: “Invest in a food cube tray so that your purees don’t go to waste. Just pop in the puree, cover and freeze, it’s that simple.

NUK food cube tray

"For me, knowing I had something quick and easy to hand from the freezer was great, especially on those days when my son was being a little menace and I didn’t have time to scratch-cook.”

Available from Boots, Tesco, for click and collect from Waitrose in Canada Place or online at nuk.co.uk – RRP £6.99


Vanessa Christie

Lactation consultant and health visitor Vanessa Christie said she couldn’t live without her Baby K’tan baby carrier.

“It was an absolute lifesaver with my second baby. It’s so easy to put on as there’s no wrapping or straps to deal with and it meant that I had a happy babe and my hands free to look after my toddler!”

Available from BabiesRUs or online at babyktan.com – RRP £49.99

Baby K'tan baby carrier

The Baby Show, Friday, March 3-5, 9.30am to 5.30pm daily.

Go to thebabyshow.co.uk and input the code WHARF.

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