Erica is a writer and yoga teacher based in Melbourne.
Expecting a baby? Have one already? When it comes to pregnancy and parenting, it's easy to get lost in an endless sea of advice. Everyone from your mother to your beauty therapist has something to say, and they all think they're right (even when they all contradict each other). It's certainly a mine-field navigating your way through what works for you and what doesn't – and learning the art of just smiling and saying 'thank you' every time you're offered another hot piece of advice.
Well, if you're looking for more advice (this time from the experts), visit the Pregnancy Babies & Children's Expo at the Melbourne Exhibition Centre between Friday 21 and Sunday 12 October 2011.
Whether you're preparing for your first child or navigating parenthood already, the sheer volume of products on offer to help you in your quest can be somewhat overwhelming – from cots and prams to modern cloth nappies, clothing and education.
A visit to the expo means touching and feeling some great products, speaking with the experts and deciding whether they're products are right for you. Exhibitors this year include Adorable Concepts, Combi, Leander, Oricom, Hire for Baby, Mothercare, and Valco Baby to name a few. You can find a full list of exhibitors here
You'll also find some newly released products at the expo, including the Baby Zen and iCandy Peach strollers, Bombol Bamboo Bouncer, and the Baby Head Rest. Find the full details about these and other products here.
Family entertainment If you're bringing the littlies along with you, they'll appreciate the daily performances by Wiggles characters Dorothy the Dinosaur, Captain Feathersword, and Wags the Dog.
There are also daily performances by hey dee ho, as well as facepainting, Gymbaroo activities, an animal farm, plaster painting and more.
Find full details about all the free family-friendly entertainment on offer here.
Pampering, Education, Safety Advice and Midwives When you get a little product weary, take some time to visit the Pregnancy Pampering Lounge or take the opportunity to learn more about nutrition, cord blood donation, baby massage and more presented by specialist speakers in the Education Centre.