Last weekend, we were given the opportunity to check out the Beyond the Bump event at the Hyatt Regency downtown. Since I’m not pregnant, I wasn’t sure what to expect of the event or what I would get from it (other than a slight hint of baby fever which I have since managed to kick, but that’s neither here nor there). I went with two of my girlfriends, one who has an almost-two year old little boy and the other who is a first time mom-to-be due at the end of May!
Right off the bat, the complimentary valet parking was a major thumbs up – especially for an event geared toward pregnant women. No waddling to and from the parking lot? Definitely a win! Once we got inside the hotel, we only had to wait in line for about two minutes before we got checked in via iPad, which was definitely convenient. We got our wristbands and a small goody bag along with a program for the day and made our way inside the main room.
There were a lot more vendors there than I was expecting, which was great! Even with not being pregnant myself, there was plenty to learn from and explore at the different tables – yoga studios, holistic/handmade oils and soaps, event planners, family photographers, handmade children’s clothing and accessories shops, children’s book stores, daycare providers, doctors, dentists, and more! Most of the vendors were local, which I obviously loved, but there were also a few major brands there such as Babies R Us and Pottery Barn Kids who were offering discounts on registry items and giveaways.
The event also featured special guest speakers, most of whom were from the vendors list, who were able to share their expertise and promote their products and services on stage. The one thing that I noticed was that the speakers did tend to get lost in the shuffle due to the sheer number of people in the room, as they were speaking almost directly in the center of all the hustle and bustle in the front of the vendors room. It was difficult to hear the talks because of this, although I suppose that if that’s the biggest thing I noticed, the event was set up pretty well!
We spent close to two hours at the event, and when we left, we were happily surprised to receive another “swag bag” full of useful items for both pregnant women and current moms – boxes of tea, pens/notepads, women’s health/pregnancy magazines, rattles, bottles, and more! Although a lot of it was, obviously, geared towards expectant mothers (and rightfully so!), the event was general enough to be beneficial for mothers of all stages.
All in all, I would definitely recommend Beyond the Bump event to any pregnant mother-to-be, and even for first-timers and new mothers looking for more information on all things baby-related. All the vendors we spoke with were very knowledgeable about their products, and it was a great way to get a lot of information at once without having to contact multiple businesses!
One thing I would suggest for the next events would be to have a separate room for the speakers and/or make announcements before each talk is set to begin. There were a few talks that we missed due to losing track of time and not knowing it was going on! (It’s not super easy to read the program while you’re walking and your hands are full with business cards, gift bags from purchases, etc.)
Thanks again to Beyond the Bump for offering us free admission to check out the event. It was much appreciated and made for a great girls’ morning out!
WRITTEN BY SAMANTHA JO
Samantha is the founder and owner of BuffaloMoms.com. Her friends call her Sam, Sammi, or Sammi Jo. Her two favorite people call her “Mommy.” Follow along with her ramblings @SJ_Gill.
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