The Clueless Mom visits the 2nd Baby and Family Expo

Yesterday, I visited SMX MOA for the launching of the 2nd Baby and Family Expo Philippines. I was invited to attend the ribbon cutting and opening ceremony that morning and I’m glad that despite the traffic I made it in time for the program. As soon as I arrived, a good number of visitors have already gathered at the entrance to Hall 1 of SMX MOA, where the 2nd Baby and Family Expo will be held for three days.

Heads up, this is a long and image heavy post!

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After registering and receiving my ID, I entered the venue and walked around while waiting for the opening ceremony to begin. Most booths were just setting up but you could already feel the excitement from the exhibitors and organizers.

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David Abrenilla, the founder and organizer of Baby and Family Expo Philippines, leading the ribbon cutting ceremony
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Keynote speaker DOH Spokesperson and Assistant Secretary Eric Tayag

DOH Spokesperson Dr. Eric Tayag gave a short talk about the expectations towards the Baby and Family Expo 2014, emphasizing the importance of a mother and child’s health, breastfeeding, baby-friendly Christmas through safe and non-toxic toys, healthy food and of course, exercise. After his talk, he did not pass up the opportunity to show us his dance moves!

 

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The next part of the program was a talk by Dr. Ma. Tricia DV Subido about Cosmetics on Babies, discussing baby skin care and what to look for in the labels of baby products and cosmetics.

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How to promote healthy skin for babies

I learned a lot from her discussion, especially about the difference of “Clinically Tested” and “Clinically Proven Mildness”. Basically, products that are “Clinically Proven Mild” are better than “Clinically Tested” products because the former goes through six different tests, with at least 200 volunteers, and two additional safety tests that must pass medical reviews while the latter does NOT indicate how many tests or what kind of tests were done nor whether the product passed the tests or not. I was mind blown. A clever play of words using the word “clinically” can easily throw you off if you’re not careful, so from now on I’ll be extra careful in choosing Ethan’s skin products.

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After the talk we were serenaded by Thor Dulay, a finalist of The Voice PH, with a Christmas song

After Thor’s song, I decided to start roaming around to get to know the products and services being offered at the expo. Since I couldn’t stay long I decided to approach the booths that piqued my interest.

 

Wilkins offers free delivery for their gallons of distilled water. If you sign up at the expo and order at least two gallons, you get a free table top dispenser
Wilkins offers free delivery for their gallons of distilled water. If you sign up at the expo and order at least two gallons, you get a free table top dispenser
Blocks at the play area. You can leave your kids with relatives, family or yaya while you peruse the booths
Blocks at the play area. You can leave your kids with relatives, family or yaya while you peruse the booths
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Another section of the play area
The Manulife booth. They offered free Daiiry Queen icre cream to registrants
The Manulife booth. They offered free Dairy Queen ice cream to registrants. They had an interactive game too for parents and kids!

One of my favorite booths was Miss Spacemaker, the Baby and Family Expo 2014 awardee for Best Baby Bedding and Furniture. I had a nice chat with the owner Vina and she told me all about how she started her business. Miss Spacemaker offers furniture that provides smart storage solutions. Her pieces are practical and also very sturdy and are sure to last a long time. I will write a more detailed post about Miss Spacemaker very soon! The pieces displayed at the exhibit are perfect for kid’s bedrooms – a shelf to store books and toys with a chalkboard for scribbles, and a study desk and chairs with a built-in reversible chalkboard panel with storage space underneath the panel.

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The doodle says it all!

Another favorite was I-angel. I-Angel is a Korean brand of baby carriers that were recently introduced to the Philippines. The I-Angel Hipseat Carrier is a multi-position baby carrier that has an attached hipseat. It’s designed to keep parent’s comfortable by reducing the strain on the shoulder, waist and back while it keeps baby safe, snug and comfy. I loved the design of the carrier, and I even saw a mommy at the expo wearing it with her baby and they sure looked comfy!

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Self warming baby bottles, really smart concept!
Self warming baby bottles, really smart concept!

Ringo is another interesting brand I came across at the expo. The tables and chairs that they offer are designed to “grow with children”. Ringo has been awarded the reddot design award which is an internationally recognized seal. The height of the seats are adjustable to accommodate a growing child while promoting good posture. They are also very sturdy! The back rest does not easily bend so kids won’t fall off the chair, while the chair itself is heavy.

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The feet of the table are adjustable and can be made taller as your child grows
Chairs from Ringo
Chairs from Ringo
Fatty Brain provides clever toys for kids of all ages!
Fatty Brain offers clever toys for kids of all ages!
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Babymama.ph offering products for breastfeeding moms at awesome discounts!
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Enfant offering 10% off of their trusted products

Here’s another favorite – Mamas & Papas! I was drawn to their booth because the brand was new to me and I spotted a really nice stroller that they were showing to a customer. Kathleen took the time to show me the features of their strollers and she swears by the product’s durability and safety for children. I couldn’t keep my hands off the stroller – I wanted to take it home! But with all of our expenses, I decided that I had to talk to my husband about it first.

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I swear, it’s a beauty! Sturdy frame, big rubber wheels, roomy seat and canopy, and the handle can be adjusted for tall daddies!
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I got to taste these yummy vitamins!
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Lovely Obis! They come in lots of colors!
Wonderworld! I love their wooden toys, and I'm sure Ethan would have fun with these cars and trucks
Wonderworld! I love their wooden toys, and I’m sure Ethan would have fun with these cars and trucks
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Mustela and their amazing skin products.
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Charlie Banana, Grandma Els and Trukid
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The new Mamy Poko pants, bigger packs soon to hit supermarkets!

Parakito has a new collection of mosquito repellent bands and a roll-on stick of their repellent in liquid form. The same booth also offered quality glass bottles from Life Factory.

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Designer Kids offering various shoes for kids - Hubsche has a really soft sole!
Designer Kids offering various shoes for kids – Hubsche has a really soft sole!
Messy Bessy was there too! I bought a sampler pack of their Messy Baby line for P270 only!
Messy Bessy was there too! I bought a sampler pack of their Messy Baby line for P270 only!
A set of educational books that help children self-study and learn English at an early age. When you point the yellow microphone on a word or sentence it will read it aloud for you!
A set of educational books that help children self-study and learn English at an early age. When you point the yellow microphone on a word or sentence it will read it aloud for you!
Learning Time books, teaching children language, math and values
Learning Time books, teaching children language, math and values
Mommy Treat selling cookies and other goodies for lactating moms. What's awesome is how these treats are all below 150 calories to ensure that mommies don't gain too much weight when snacking on these goodies!
Mommy Treats selling cookies and other goodies for lactating moms. What’s awesome is how these treats are all below 150 calories to ensure that mommies don’t gain too much weight when snacking on these goodies!
More booths at the expo
More booths at the expo

I wish I had more time to go around and visit each booth, however I couldn’t stay too long otherwise I’d get caught in heavy traffic. I sure had fun getting to know some of the newer brands and products, hopefully even more will participate at next year’s Baby and Family Expo!

Have you been to the Baby and Family Expo 2014? What were your favorite booths?

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